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Michael Cohen Bombshell: The special counsel reportedly has evidence that President Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, to lie to Congress about a plan to build a tower in Moscow in order to obscure Trump’s involvement in the negotiations. Read more here.
Poll Rigging: Cohen, who is currently awaiting a prison sentence, earlier admitted that he paid a firm to rig online polls in his boss’ favor in the early days of the campaign “at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump. Cohen also reportedly paid the firm to create a @WomenForCohen Twitter account to promote him as a sex symbol. Read more here.
Shutdown: Day 28: President Trump sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi denying her a military plane for a planned trip to visit U.S. troops, a day after she called on him to delay the State of the Union until the shutdown ends. The letter was made public hours before Pelosi was set to take off for Afghanistan on an unannounced visit. Trump said the speaker was welcome to fly commercial. Read more here.
Shutdown Impact: While the nation’s leaders trade barbed letters, furloughed federal workers are now turning to food banks to feed their families. TSA sick-outs are going up, and air traffic controllers are worried they won’t be able to handle the increased traffic to Atlanta ー already some of the busiest airspace in the world ー when the Super Bowl comes to town in two weeks. Read more here.
Major Storm: A "blockbuster" blizzard is poised to potentially drop 40 inches of snow along the East Coast this weekend. The storm, which began in California, is first expected to drop heavy amounts of snow in states including South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas today. Frigid temperatures are expected after the storm moves out to shore on Sunday. Read more here.
Family Separations: The White House’s zero-tolerance family separation policy likely kept thousands more migrant children from their parents than previously disclosed, according to a federal audit. The exact number of children separated is still unknown because of failures in tracking split-up families. Read more here.
Target for Babies: Target is expanding its in-house brand of baby products like wipes and diapers, with most priced under $10. Target is betting that, after Babies ‘R Us went out of business, it can increase its market share with new parents, considered some of the store’s most important customers. There’s at least one fan: Beyonce was recently spotted strolling the baby aisles at an L.A. Target. Read more here.
Amazon Milestone: Amazon Prime has surpassed 100 million members, according to estimates from a consumer research group. The average Prime member spends $1,400 per year on Amazon, compared to $600 for the average non-Prime Amazon shopper. Read more here.
Championship Weekend: The top four NFL teams battle for a Super Bowl berth in the conference championship games on Sunday. The Rams take on the Saints at 3 p.m., directly followed by the Patriots and Chiefs, who will play amid frigid temperatures in Kansas City. See the predictions here.
Spotted: Heidi Klum covered in snakes. Klum donned the snakes for a "Germany’s Next Top Model" photoshoot. See the pic here.
My Two Husbands: In an appearance on Ellen (that was being hosted by Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn), Gwyneth Paltrow referred to ex Chris Martin and husband Brad Falchuk as “my two husbands.” She was talking about her honeymoon, or ‘familymoon,’ that included Falchuk and Martin. Read more here.
Prince Philip: The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, was reportedly “very shocked and shaken” after the Land Rover he was driving crashed into another car and wound up overturned. The prince is said to be okay. Read more here.
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