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Shutdown: Day 32: Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected out of hand President Trump’s proposal to end the government shutdown by extending protections to ‘Dreamers’ for three years in exchange for the $5.7 billion needed to build the wall. Sen. Mitch McConnell is expected to bring up legislation today that would include that proposal in a disaster relief funding package, though it is likely to fail. The House is also expected to vote on measures to reopen federal agencies, though they would be DOA in the Senate. Read more here.
Shutdown Side Hustles: One in 10 TSA employees called out sick on Sunday with many citing financial hardships in getting to work, as they enter their fifth week without pay. With the shutdown now a month-old, many government workers have taken to jobs in the gig economy, like food delivery or driving for Uber, while school districts report a flood of applications for substitute teaching slots. Read more here.
Avalanches: Three skiers are dead after getting caught in two separate avalanches. Two skiers were trapped in a New Mexico avalanche last week; one died then and another has since died from injuries. A third skier died Monday in a backcountry Colorado avalanche. Read more here.
2020: Sen. Kamala Harris became the latest Democrat to throw her hat into the ring, announcing her presidential run on Good Morning America. She is the third female senator to launch a run for the White House this year. Read more here.
Trump & Russia: The special counsel took the extraordinary step of rebuking last week’s BuzzFeed story that it had evidence President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, said Trump was involved in discussions to build a tower in Moscow throughout the entire 2016 campaign ー despite Trump saying he had no dealings with Russia. Giuliani then walked that back, saying he was speaking hypothetically. Read more here.
Arctic Blast: Some parts of the U.S. were hit with brutally cold temperatures that, with the wind chill, fell to -30 degrees. The cold temps aren’t over: wind chills will be below zero this morning in New England and parts of the South will see single digits. Read more here.
Rich & Poor: The 26 richest people in the world are worth the same amount of money as the world’s poorest 3.8 billion. According to a report from the nonprofit Oxfam, the gap is growing, and the number of billionaires has almost doubled in the decade since the financial crisis. Read more here.
WhatsApp Change: WhatsApp will now put caps on how far a user can spread a message, limiting forwarding to 5 chats from 20, in a bid to curb misinformation on the texting platform. The worldwide change follows a test run in India, where viral hoax messages led to at least a dozen lynchings after victims were mistakenly identified as child abductors. Read more here.
Reffing Mess: The Rams and Patriots will meet in Super Bowl 53, but not without controversy. Both teams were helped by missed calls ー or non-calls ー in Sunday’s championship games, with an officiating mistake against the Saints causing the most uproar. Tom Brady booked his ninth trip to a Super Bowl, which will be played in Atlanta a week from Sunday. Read more here.
Chris Brown Detained: Rapper Chris Brown is in custody in Paris after a woman accused him of raping her in a luxury hotel. French police reportedly detained Brown and two other men. Next month will be 10 years since Brown physically attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Read more here.
Blood Moon: The super blood wolf moon has come and gone, but here are some images in case you didn’t stay up for it: See the pics here.
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