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March 12, 2019

On Tuesday, Australia and Singapore temporarily barred Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying in and out of their airports, following Monday's decision by China, Indonesia, and several national airlines to ground all 737 MAX jets following a fatal crash in Ethiopia on Sunday. Almost 40 percent of the 371 Boeing 737 MAX jets in service globally have been grounded, Flightglobal reports, including China's 97 jets and Brazilian carrier Gol Airlines 121 MAX 8 aircraft.

To assuage concerns about the safety of the MAX 8 — Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash was the second in five months for that model of Boeing aircraft — the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a "continued airworthiness notification" for 737 MAX aircraft. Boeing said it will be rolling out improvement to the 737 MAX flight control software in coming weeks.

Before the Ethiopia Airlines crash, The New York Times details, the 737 MAX 8 made about 8,500 flights a week. It is the world's fastest-selling modern aircraft, and with 4,661 on order, Reuters says, "737 MAX 8s could become the workhorses for airlines around the globe for decades." Boeing shares closed down 5 percent on Monday, paring earlier, steeper losses.

Airlines in the the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, and Europe are continuing to fly their 737 MAX 8s, and officials in the U.S. and Europe say they're "confident that pilot training, maintenance practices, and safeguards in place will prevent a catastrophe such as the one that killed 157 people in Ethiopia on Sunday," The Washington Post reports. "For the countries and airlines that have grounded the plane, the decision reflects fears about their unfamiliarity with the new technology and the potential fallout from a catastrophe — particularly for new and smaller carriers." Peter Weber

2:51 p.m.

Marvel is officially doubling down on Thor in its new, post-Endgame era.

A fourth Thor movie is in the works with Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi set to return as director, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday. This will be the first time any hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has received more than three solo movies, as Comicbook.com points out. Captain America and Iron Man previously only had trilogies dedicated to them, although their storylines continued in the crossover Avengers movies and other installments like Spider-Man: Homecoming. Avengers: Endgame was the first time the MCU released a third sequel.

The third Thor film, Ragnarok, totally reinvented the character after two installments that even star Chris Hemsworth hadn't been entirely happy with, and it was the highest-grossing entry by far, grossing $853 million worldwide compared to its predecessor's $644 million. Now, Marvel is breaking from its usual trilogy pattern in order to strike while the iron's hot and continue telling stories with the new version of the hero. While Endgame wrapped up the storylines of original Marvel heroes like Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, it left Thor's decidedly open, although it wasn't clear at the time whether his plot line would continue in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, a fourth Thor film, or both. The answer, it seems, may be both.

Hemsworth had previously expressed his desire to keep making Thor movies, telling Variety in an interview earlier this year that "we've opened up such a different character" and that "I feel more energized for the possibility of where it could go." It's unclear when this fourth Thor film might be released, but an official announcement may come at Marvel's upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel, which will take place on July 20. Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway didn't do much to make President Trump's recent racist comments directed at four Democratic congresswomen look any better. She might have made things worse, though.

During a press conference on Tuesday, when reporter Andrew Feinberg asked Conway what countries Trump was referring to in his tweets (considering three of the four congresswomen Trump told to "go back" to the "places from which they came" were born in the United States), Conway responded by asking "what's your ethnicity?"Feinberg protested the relevancy of her question, while Conway explained that her ancestors were from Ireland and Italy.

She then went onto argue that the president told the congresswomen to return to the countries they came from "originally," which is true. But it also implies that Conway believes a person's country of origin is based on where their ancestors lived rather than where a person was born, which is not true. Watch the full exchange below. Tim O'Donnell

2:06 p.m.

Outside of Game of Thrones' predictable domination, the Emmys nominee list this year is full of some real head-turners.

From notable snubs to unexpected additions, let's take a look at some of the biggest surprises from this year's nominees.

1. Voters love Schitt's Creek and Fleabag - The previously-snubbed cult comedy Schitt's Creek unexpectedly snuck into the Outstanding Comedy Series category, also scoring nominations for its lead actors, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. Similarly, Fleabag after being previously snubbed scored not just a nomination in the top category but also 10 more, including for its star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

2. The Kominsky Method and GLOW miss - Netflix's The Kominsky Method, meanwhile, didn't get a nod in the top comedy category as expected, nor did GLOW, despite being nominated last year.

3. The Big Bang Theory and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt don't get a final season boost - The Big Bang Theory with its last season didn't get a nomination in the top comedy category nor, as was more likely, one for Jim Parsons, while Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's last episodes earned it no love, either.

4. Jon Snow edges out Robb Stark - Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden seemed to have a strong shot at a lead actor in a drama nominee for Bodyguard, but while that series was nominated, he was left out. Instead, it was Thrones' Kit Harington who was nominated after being snubbed last time, while Thrones co-stars Alfie Allen and Sophie Turner also got their first nods.

5. Jim Carrey, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, and Emma Stone are snubbed - These four traditionally movie-focused stars who headed to TV with Kidding, Homecoming, Catch 22, and Maniac respectively were all snubbed. Other actors who missed out on nominations included Allison Janney, Pamela Adlon,Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kieran Culkin.

6. Netflix nails it - Netflix's baking competition show Nailed It!, an online favorite, managed to make its way into the Outstanding Competition Program category. Better luck next time, The Masked Singer. Brendan Morrow

2:06 p.m.

Say goodbye to @rogerjstonejr.

Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime and now former adviser, on Tuesday was found in violation of a gag order he's been subject to since February. So U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered Stone to stay off Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter until his November trial, she announced Tuesday.

Berman Jackson had previously ordered that Stone not comment "in the media or in public settings about the Special Counsel’s investigation or this case" to avoid coloring a potential jury's opinion of him. Yet Stone has maintained social media accounts that constantly post declarations of his innocence, namely through T-shirts that read "Roger Stone did nothing wrong." He's also posted the occasional prompt to fund his legal defense at StoneDefenseFund.com.

In the Tuesday proceeding, Jackson said her gag order was "clear as day," and then read off several posts where Stone had apparently violated it, The Washington Post reports. Stone's lawyer tried to argue that his small social media following negated the influence of those posts, but Berman Jackson wasn't having it. She ordered that Stone cannot post on social media altogether, but did not expand on how she'd enforce the order.

Stone was indicted in January under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, and was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering, and making false statements, among other counts. He's since fought those charges very publicly, both on social media and in court. Kathryn Krawczyk

1:39 p.m.

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is known for his anti-immigrant stance and his quest to seal Italy's borders amid increased migration, which has culminated in some maritime conflict. But it turns out the League Party leader isn't just trying to prevent people from entering the country.

Salvini on Tuesday ordered local authorities to map out settlements where traditionally nomadic ethnic communities, including Roma and Sinti people, are living in the country. The order was drawn up to "prepare a plan of clearances" of their camps, despite the fact that the marginalized communities have lived throughout Europe for centuries and many are Italian citizens. But a coalition between Salvini's League party and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio's Five Star Movement agreed last May to close the camps.

Di Maio initially backtracked on the agreement, The Financial Times reports, because he maintained that Salvini's past threats to carry out an ethnically-based census of the Roma minority was unconstitutional. Instead, he argued, all illegal camps should be razed.

Salvini has also called for non-Italians found among the communities to be rounded up and sent back to their countries of origin. Despite the harsh rhetoric, FT writes that Salvini's anti-Roma stance is likely to play in his favor politically. Hate crimes and prejudice against Roma, Sinti, and other communities remain major issues in contemporary Italy, and experts say the newest development will likely stoke even more fear.

"When the bulldozers raze each camp it will have a huge social an economic cost," said Dijana Pavlovic, a spokesman for travelers' rights groups Kovimento Kethane Rom and Sinti per l'Italia. "It will not make the lives of normal Italians better but will only create more insecurity and fear."

Read more about Salvini here at The Week. Tim O'Donnell

1:02 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is making money moves, and they aren't even subject to his often touted wealth taxes.

In a Tuesday tweet, rapper Cardi B said she's been "reading about Bernie Sanders" and felt that "we let him down in 2016." After all, Sanders has "been fighting for equal rights, human rights for such a long time," Cardi continued. And well, she likes it like that.

A Twitter user responded to Cardi B's endorsement to point out she's complained about paying taxes in the past, seeing as Sanders' policies would likely lead to more of them. But Cardi noted she only has an issue with having no idea where her tax dollars end up.

The several conservatives who praised Cardi B's supposedly conservative tax stances may want to reconsider their support, especially after Sanders gratefully accepted Cardi's. Kathryn Krawczyk

12:25 p.m.

A divisive final season didn't prevent Game of Thrones from setting a new Emmys record.

The hit HBO series scored a total of 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, including for Outstanding Drama Series and acting nominations for stars Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, and Gwendoline Christie. Game of Thrones received not only the most nominations of any show this year but the most nominations that any show has ever received in one year, according to The Associated Press. The previous record was set when NYPD Blue in 1994 earned 27 nominations.

Also making up the Outstanding Drama Series category was Better Call Saul, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Ozark, Pose, Succession, and This Is Us. The 2017 winner, The Handmaid's Tale, wasn't eligible because it didn't air a full season within the nominating window. The Outstanding Comedy Series category consisted of Barry, Fleabag, The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Russian Doll, Schitt's Creek, and Veep.

Some notable surprises from the announcement included the comedy series nod for Schitt's Creek, which also received nominations for stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, and the absence of Bodyguard's Richard Madden from the lead actor in a drama series category.

Thanks both to Game of Thrones and Veep, as well as other nominees like Chernobyl, HBO received the most nominations of any network with 137, with this coming after Netflix stole its thunder by claiming that title last year, The New York Times reports. Netflix, which released Emmy nominees like When They See Us and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, picked up 117 nominations. Thrones and Veep, both of which recently aired their final seasons, are widely expected to take home the top prizes in September, unless Thrones does unexpectedly get dinged for its controversial last set of episodes.

The 2019 Emmys, which don't currently have a host, will take place on Sept. 22. Read the full list of nominees here. Brendan Morrow

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