7 things to know now: Manafort working for Russians; Chuck Barris; ‘Fox & Friends’


7 things to know now: Manafort working for Russians; Chuck Barris; ‘Fox & Friends’

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Manafort working  for Russia: The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire in an effort to bolster the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The AP is reporting that Manafort told the Russians he would work to “influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government.”

2. Chuck Barris dies: The man who brought “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and the quirky “Gong Show” to television in the 1960s and ’70s has died. Chuck Barris, who at one time hinted at a past working as a spy, died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist. He was 87.

3. “Fox & Friends” is most watched: Fox News Channel’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” has seen a 49 percent increase in viewers since Donald Trump became president, according to Nielsen ratings. The morning show averaged 1.72 million viewers in February, more than MSNBC's "Morning Joe" with Joe Scarborough, and CNN's "New Day" with Chris Cuomo, combined.

4. Health care vote: With a vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act just 24 hours away, President Trump continues to lobby House members who are on the fence when it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare. Trump told fellow Republicans in the House on Tuesday that they would have to deal with "political problems" if they decide not to vote for the bill. "The president was really clear. He laid it on the line for everybody," House Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-Wisc.), said. 

5. CBC meeting: President Trump is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday. According to the CBC, the group will discuss issues such as criminal justice reform and education with the president.  

And one more

Ninety percent of foreign exchange students who studied at American high schools say classes were tougher in their home countries, according to a survey. The students, who answered questions in a Brooking’s Institute survey, said American students spend 64.5 percent less time on schoolwork, and don’t have nearly the homework requirements they do in their home schools. 

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