Trump tilts toward hard-liners ahead of key trade decisions
. President Trump appears to be tilting toward hard-line trade advisers as he weighs imposing new tariffs on an array of imported goods - defying warnings from fellow Republicans and risking large costs to the U.S. economy. (Washington Post)
The real game Trump is playing on NAFTA
. As the United States, Canada and Mexico head into the seventh round of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, there is a question increasingly looming over the talks: Why hasn't President Donald Trump pulled the plug already? (Politico Magazine)
Supreme Court Turns Down Trump's Appeal in 'Dreamers' Case
. The Supreme Court on Monday
declined an unusual White House request that it immediately decide whether the Trump administration can shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. (New York Times)
Kratsios: Let's Not Rest on Our Laurels
. Speaking at The New York Times's New Work Summit, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said the U.S. is still leading China in artificial intelligence, but needs to keep pushing ahead. (New York Times)
The AI-optimist for president
. Rep. John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate, sees the dawn of artificial intelligence as a net positive - as long as the government is prepared for it. "The cost of doing nothing is not nothing," he told Axios. "You pay a huge price if you fail to act around change." (Axios)
Inside the Alexa Prize.
Amazon is in a pitched battle with its rivals to bring truly conversational AI into our homes. (Wired)
Internet of Things
California Scraps Safety Driver Rules for Self-Driving Cars
. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles said Monday
that it was eliminating a requirement for autonomous vehicles to have a person in the driver's seat to take over in the event of an emergency. The new rule goes into effect on April 2
. (New York Times)
Apple Plans Giant High-End iPhone, Lower-Priced Model
. Apple Inc. is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone's key features. (Bloomberg)
Facebook settles lawsuit over 2012 IPO for $35 million
. Facebook Inc and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have reached a $35 million settlement of class-action litigation accusing them of hiding worries about the social media company's growth prior to its May 2012 initial public offering. (Reuters)
SAP launches Leonardo for telcos, adds partners to connected cars network. SAP made two announcements at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona overnight, launching a Leonardo accelerator package for telecommunications providers and adding to its SAP Vehicles Network. (ZDNet)
The case for Google.
Last week's New York Times Magazine cover story, The Case Against Google, made the bold but not-so-uncommon claim that the government should step in with antitrust action against the search juggernaut. (Axios)
The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 11:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
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