At latest count, 431 women are running for or are likely to run for the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections—339 Democrats and 92 Republicans. At this point in 2016, there were fewer than half that number: 212. Likewise, 50 women are running for or are likely to run for the Senate, compared with 25 at this point in 2016.
Temperatures in the Arctic soared 45 degrees higher than normal last week, even though the sun hasn’t shone in the region since October. The Cape Morris Jessup weather station at the northernmost tip of Greenland, just 400 miles from the North Pole, registered more than 24 hours of above-freezing temperatures. At one point, the temperature at the North Pole rose to about the melting point.
The Boston Globe
Norway topped the leaderboard at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, winning a total of 39 medals. The Scandinavian country tied with second-place Germany in terms of gold medals, with 14 each. Team USA, which was projected to win 37 medals, came in fourth, with a total of 23 medals—its lowest-place finish since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
The Trump Organization said this week it has donated profits made from foreign officials staying at Trump properties last year to the U.S. Treasury. The company refused to say how much was donated, how the profits were calculated, or which foreign governments paid money to Trump’s businesses.
The Washington Post
In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, 76% of Americans think that people treated for mental illness should be banned from owning a firearm; 12% disagree.
USA Today/Suffolk University
44% support President Trump’s proposal to arm more teachers and education officials, while 50% oppose the plan. Backing for the measure is split along partisan lines, with 68% of Republicans in favor and 74% of Democrats against.