April 12, 2019

The next Star Wars movie finally has a title: The Rise of Skywalker. So what does it mean?

Immediately, two ideas come to mind, the first being that it teases Luke Skywalker's literal rise from the dead and the second being that it teases a reveal that Rey is actually a Skywalker. But it seems unlikely director J.J. Abrams would diverge from The Last Jedi so severely, although Luke will surely return as a Force ghost. So if we rule these out, what's left? Here are a few compelling theories:

1. It refers to Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren is a member of the Skywalker bloodline, so the title could tease a redemption arc and the rise of the light in him.

2. It refers to Leia. it could instead refer to Leia. She was originally set to be the film's main focus before Carrie Fisher's death, and perhaps thanks to the use of alternative footage from The Force Awakens, that's actually still possible.

3. It refers to Anakin Skywalker. The title could refer to the Skywalker bloodline more generally, suggesting the movie will explore the origins of the family and trace their rise and legacy. This could involve going back to the birth of Anakin Skywalker, and the name would be fitting for a movie that looks set to tie the entire series together.

4. It refers to the future of the Jedi. One that the title doesn't refer to a specific person; rather, it indicates that from now on, "Skywalker" will become the new name for Force users. Alternatively, it could be that Rey adopts that last name, or it could symbolize how Luke inspired hope in the galaxy. Regardless, this would fit with The Last Jedi's goal of expanding the Star Wars narrative beyond just the Skywalker family while at the same time allowing their legacy to continue for decades to come.

2:46 p.m.

Well, well, well. Look who's back.

Tiger Woods his fifth green jacket on Sunday, capturing the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Woods, donning his all-too-familiar red Nike shirt, emerged from an incredibly close field, three other players — Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffle, and Brooks Koepka — by just one stroke. Four more players finished two strikes behind.

The win as the culmination of Woods' comeback tour after more than a decade marred by off-the-course scandals and injury. It is his 15th major championship victory in a storied career, but just his first since 2008. Woods now trails only Jack Nicklaus, who has six green jackets, in careers Masters wins. Watch Woods' title-clinching putt below. Tim O'Donnell

Absolutely incredible Congratulations

— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf)

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) did not mince words when CNN's Jake Tapper asked him about embattled Venezuelan Preisdent Nicolás Maduro and the in his country during an appearance on Sunday's edition of State of the Union.

Scott accused Maduro of intentionally starving his people, who are indeed facing food and medicine shortages and have experienced frequent power outages throughout the country.

"This is genocide, and Maduro's doing it," Scott said.

For his part, Maduro the crisis on a covert scheme operated by the United States.

Many people in Venezuela have blamed Maduro for Venezuela's crisis and have subsequently joined up with opposition leader and internationally-recognized interim president Juan Guaidó to protest the rule of Maduro and his Socialist Party. Scott praised the Trump administration for leading the way in that regard. Watch Scott discuss the situation in Venezuela with Tapper below. Tim O'Donnell

“I think we’ve got to take seriously there is genocide going on in Venezuela right now. … We’ve got to really consider whether we do military help getting this aid in to save the starving people in Venezuela,” Republican says.

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu)

12:27 p.m.

It appears that the growing feud between President Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) isn't going anywhere.

On Friday, Trump, relying on implicit context, a video of graphic footage from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on his Twitter feed, which was viewed as a response to previous comments made by Omar about the attacks. Omar was specifically criticized for what some believed were comments that downplayed the tragedy of Sept. 11.

Omar responded to Trump's video in turn on Saturday. The congresswoman did not mention Trump by name, but there was little doubt that she was referring to the president when she tweeted that "no one person" can "threaten" her "unwavering love for America."

No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)

On Sunday, the debate continued with others weighing in. Unsurprisingly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders the president while appearing on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She dismissed the notion that he was inciting violence, as Democratic presidential Beto O'Rourke argued. She added that it "it's a good thing" that Trump is calling out Omar's "absolutely disgraceful comments."

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) also appeared on This Week and took the time to defend Omar. The congressman Trump's attacks "simplisitic," and said that he found nothing wrong with Omar's comments.

On CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) went a step further than Thompson and argued that Trump has no right to take the moral high ground when it comes to Sept. 11. Nadler said that in the aftermath of the attacks Trump "stole" grant money that could have helped a small business rehabilitate, but instead used the federal money for his own business means. Tim O'Donnell

Democrat on Trump and 9/11: “He wasn’t President then, but Donald Trump actually took a $150,000 grant from the Bush administration…for 40 Wall Street. He stole $150,000 from some small businessperson who could’ve used it to help rehabilitate himself.”

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu)

Many people are still waiting for President Trump to release his tax returns — — but add another Democratic presidential candidate to the list of politicians who have provided the public with a look into their personal finances.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and her husband, Doug Emhoff, on Sunday 15 years of tax returns. The records cover every year since 2004 when Harris was elected district attorney of San Francisco. , Harris reported an income of about $157,000 from her job as a senator in 2018 and additional $320,000 in net income as a writer from a book she wrote which was published earlier this year entitled The Truths We Hold.

Harris' decision follows Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), who all released their tax returns since announcing their presidential candidacies. Other notable candidates including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have all pledged to do so, as well, .

The United Nations health agency Sunday that more than 120 people have been killed in fighting that broke out in Libya 10 days ago when rebel Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a former general in overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi's army who later joined the revolt against him, launched an assault on the country's capital city, Tripoli.

that the head of Haftar's proclaimed parliament said on Sunday that forces loyal to Haftar are preparing to move into Tripoli. Haftar said he was planning an attack on Tripoli on April 4 to capture the capital from the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord, which is led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj.

Haftar's forces have continuously airstrikes on the outskirts of Tripoli since the army began advancing toward the city in 10 days, though the GNA's army has largely kept Haftar's offensive at bay, per Al Jazeera. The fiercest fighting at an airport that is no longer in use just outside of Tripoli.

Haftar met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has been a vocal support of Haftar and his troops, on Sunday in Cairo, though there are no reports on the details of the meeting.

The situation in Libya has remained unstable since Gaddafi's death with numerous factions fighting for power.

10:37 a.m.

Setting can go a long way.

The president of the Seychelles, Danny Faure, a "striking" speech on Sunday, calling for global action toward protecting the Earth's oceans. The Seychelles and other small island nations are considered among the most vulnerable places in the world as they face the threat of rising sea levels caused by climate change. "This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it," he said. "We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time."

But Faure's speech was also notable for its location — he was deep beneath the ocean's surface in a submersible watercraft in the water off the coast of Desroches, one of the islands that makes up the Seychelles archipelago. Faure spoke during a visit to a British-led expedition which is exploring the depths of the Indian Ocean. The data from the mission will, , help the Seychelles expand its policy of protecting almost a third of its national waters by 2020.

Faure said the experience made him more determined than ever to speak out about marine protection and praised the biodiversity he saw while under water. Read more at . Tim O'Donnell



8:25 a.m.

NBC's Saturday Night Live took a little break from U.S. politics during the cold open on Saturday evening's episode.

Instead, the cast found themselves in a jail cell, where Kenan Thompson, Kyle Mooney, and Chris Redd portray three unnamed prisoners, who are the focus of an MSNBC prison show titled Locked Up. The latter two actors almost come to blows when comparing who committed the more intense crime before Thompson breaks them apart. But the tough guys are soon introduced to Kate McKinnon's Lori Loughlin, who floors the other inmates with tales of how she payed $500,000 to get her daughter into the University of Southern California.

But it's not long before McKinnon is one-upped, either. Pete Davidson appears as lawyer Michael Avenatti and easily captures the championship belt, which is then shortly taken by guest star Michael Keaton's gum-chewing Julian Assange. Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell