Dangerous weather may slam southern states
People in the South are in for stormy and potentially dangerous weather this weekend, especially on Saturday afternoon and evening. “There is a significant risk for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes this weekend,” Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes tweeted. Some of the tornadoes could be strong, deadly and destructive and stay on the ground for more than a few minutes. The states most at risk are Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, along with eastern Texas. The threat for severe weather will shift into the Southeast on Sunday as thunderstorms could hit Alabama and Georgia, including Augusta, Georgia, site of the final round of the Masters golf tournament.
Another migrant caravan heading towards U.S. border
Another migrant caravan is making its way towards the U.S. border after a group from Central America broke the locks on a border gate Friday and forced their way into southern Mexico from Honduras. The group of about 350 plans to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States. This new band of more than 2,000 travelers will reportedly wait in Mexico for documents that would allow them to travel to the U.S.
Ports of entry into the U.S. have been overwhelmed in recent weeks as Trump threatens to close the border with Mexico completely to deal with what he call a “crisis” on the Southern border. Trump reportedly urged the acting Director of Homeland Kevin McAleenan to close the border during a trip to California last week and that he would grant McAleenan a pardon if he violated the law and was arrested for blocking entry into the U.S.
The president also had a blunt message to migrants heading for the U.S.
“Our country is full,” Trump told border agents and elected officials. “Can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry. Turn around. That’s the way it is.”
‘Game of Thrones’ is back
Friends, Andals, First Men: it’s almost time. The pop-culture juggernaut “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO Sunday (9 ET/PT) for its eighth and final season. The fantasy series concludes its run as the biggest hit in the premium cable network’s history. Winter has arrived in Westeros, so let’s get to it:
- Where we left off and everything you need to know going into Season 8.
- Who will tell Jon he’s a Targaryen? (And other burning questions this season should answer).
- Ready to binge watch past seasons to prep for Sunday? Here are all 67 episodes, ranked.
2020 update: Buttigieg expected to officially enter the race
As Pete Buttigieg prepares to officially kick off his presidential campaign Sunday, new polls in two important states show the South Bend, Indiana, mayor doing better than far more established Democrats. He ranked behind only former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a Monmouth University Poll of registered Democratic voters in Iowa. Meanwhile, the faith-based debate on homosexuality between Buttigieg and Vice President Mike Pence continues. To keep up with the 2020 field, here’s a breakdown of the people who have officially announced their candidacies or exploratory committees so far.
The NBA playoffs are here
The NBA postseason tips off Saturday with four games, and for the first time in four years, we know we’re not going to see a Warriors-Cavaliers Finals. Golden State is No. 1 in our playoff power rankings (surprise), followed by the Bucks, Rockets and Raptors. But can anybody actually dethrone the defending champs? Two of our five NBA experts think so. Be sure to check out our breakdown of each first-round series before the action gets underway.