Monday Briefing | April 3

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Pitch: Theresa May & the Brexit Negotiations | Artist: Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands)/Cartoon Movement

Stories to Follow

Brexit begins: The United Kingdom started the withdrawal process from the European Union last Wednesday. That same day, chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany insisted that negotiations on the withdrawal must occur before talks of a future UK-EU relationship, dealing the first blow to Theresa May’s plans for Brexit negotiations. Meanwhile Scotland seems to be on a path towards another independence referendum.

Protest in Russia: Last week Russia experienced its largest protests in years. The anti-corruption protests were met with hundreds of arrests, including the arrest of organizer and opposition leader Aleksei Navalyn in Moscow. After five days of silence President Vladimir Putin spoke publically to defend his reputation on fighting corruption, warn against causing chaos and insist his political opponents are using the protests to push their self-interests in the upcoming presidential campaign. This occurred before the events of Monday Apr. 03, where a homemade bomb exploded in St. Petersburg, killing 11 people.

Russian Interference in Election Confirmed: On Thursday the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was told by former National Security Director Gen. Keith Alexander that he believes Russia did interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Happening This Week

Shady Ladies of the Met Museum
Multiple times (see calendar in link) | The Metropolitan Museum
It is the last week to take the tour “Shady Ladies of the Met Museum” with professor Andrew Lear. The tour will introduce you to the most powerful and controversial women immortalized in the Met’s artwork with “racy and intriguing backstories.”

Macy’s Flower Show
Sunday, Mar. 26 – Sunday Apr. 9 | Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street
It’s the final week to see the stunning Macy’s Flower Show. This is the 43rd annual installment and this year’s theme is “Carnival.” Head to Macy’s Herald Square until April 9th to see the beautiful arrangements of brightly colored blooms.

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