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A multi-state manhunt is underway for 37-year-old Steve Stephens, accused of killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, and broadcasting the crime on Facebook Live, The Washington Post reported. According to local law enforcement, at about 2 pm on Easter Sunday, Stephens announced on Facebook that he had "found somebody I'm about to kill," before exiting his vehicle, approaching Godwin on the street, asking him to say the name "Joy Lane" and then shooting him. (The entire incident took about 1 minute to unfold.) The two men apparently did not know one another. Authorities - who apparently spoke with Stephens by phone following the crime - caution that Stephens is armed and dangerous, and if they see him, witnesses should not approach him, but instead call 911.
Speaking in South Korea, just a day after a failed missile test by the North, US Vice President Mike Pence warned that the "era of strategic patience is over," according to Reuters. In a joint press conference with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Pence pointed to "the strength and resolve" shown by the Trump administration in Syria and Afghanistan as evidence that they would continue to take action when necessary. He did also allow that Washington would seek security "through peaceable means, through negotiations." South Korea is the first stop for Pence on a four-nation tour of Asia.
International monitors have raised concerns about Turkey's referendum vote this weekend, which would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "sweeping new powers," Reuters reported. The final tally showed 51.4% of voters in favor of the change, which could keep Erdogan in power until 2029 or beyond, and allow him to appoint or remove officials and senior civil servants without oversight. Among the allegations: administrative resources were inappropriately allocated to promote the campaign, opponents of the move were labeled as "terrorist sympathizers," and late changes were instituted regarding how ballots would be counted, removing "an important safeguard." The head of the Council of Europe, a human rights organization, said the referendum did not live up to democratic standards. Erdogan dismissed the criticisms as products of Europe's "crusader mentality." Sadi Guven, the head of Turkey's electoral body, has confirmed the validity of the results.
A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates the popular conception of a social media "bubble," in which algorithms reinforce user biases by filtering out ideologically-oppositional content, may not be accurate, a story from Vice said. Economics professors Jesse Shapiro (of Brown University) and Matthew Gentzkow (of Stanford) observed that the most polarized groups in the US are also those demographics least likely to use the internet and social media regularly. (The initial data on which they based their observations comes from the American National Election Studies, jointly produced by Stanford and the University of Michigan.) The authors conclude that, while social media may cause people to become more polarized over time, it's likely not the root cause of extreme or fringe beliefs. – VICE
The Trump family hosted the White House's 139th annual Easter Egg Roll this morning, with 21,000 in attendance, according to CNN. First Lady Melania Trump kicked off the celebration by thanking staff, volunteers and the military band, and calling the yearly event "a wonderful tradition." During his remarks, the President mused on the long history of the egg roll, dating back to 1878, and noted that the country is "better as a nation than ever before. We're right on track." The event started at 7:30 am ET this morning, with attendees arriving in waves every two hours for performances and the roll itself, in which kids chase wooden eggs around the White House lawn with a spoon. A candid moment in which the First Lady appeared to nudge her husband, reminding him to place his hand ...