Mar 15, 2019

First look: Nikki Haley remarks at Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick dinner

Nikki Haley. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the first female speaker in the 235-year history of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, at the annual member's dinner in New York on Friday evening.

Driving the news: The group is inviting women for the first time. Here's a sneak peek at Haley's remarks:

You're Irish, and you're proud. You should be. You have your roots in helping the Irish in America. ... You've maintained your identity while serving the broader community. ...
The past couple years have taken me to places where religious, ethnic, and political differences define who gets fed and who doesn't. Who gets raped and who doesn’t. Who lives and who dies.
I wish everyone squabbling on Twitter could see what I have seen. ... Because I have seen true evil. It puts things in perspective.
When you've had a refugee woman tell you about watching soldiers throw her baby into a fire.
When you've seen parents digging through trash cans in Venezuela in order to feed their children.

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Texas oil regulators poised to debate historic production controls

Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas. Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images

Texas oil regulators are likely to hold a hearing in April on whether to take the historic step to curb the state’s oil production amid a global market collapse fueled by the coronavirus.

Driving the news: Ryan Sitton, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees state oil production, told Axios that a hearing will likely be held soon in response to a renewed request earlier Monday from two oil companies to limit production as one way to stem the steep slide in global oil prices.

America under lockdown

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If you thought March felt like the longest month in American history, just wait for April and May, when people will be forced to witness spring from the indoors.

The big picture: 28 states are in or entering lockdown, with Maryland and Virginia joining those ranks today. So is D.C., as its mayor made official this afternoon. Those states include roughly 3/4 of the American people, the N.Y. Times notes.

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Ford, GE aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

A Model A-E ventilator, left, and a simple test lung. The ventilator uses a design that operates on air pressure without the need for electricity, addressing the needs of most COVID-19 patients. Photo: Ford

Ford and GE Healthcare announced plans on Monday to build a simplified ventilator design licensed from a Florida medical technology company, with the goal of producing 50,000 machines by early July, and up to 30,000 a month thereafter, to fight the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The companies are moving in "Trump time" to meet demand for urgently needed ventilators, says White House Defense Production Act Coordinator Peter Navarro. But with deaths expected to peak in two weeks, the machines won't arrive in large numbers in time to help the hardest-hit cities.

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