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Shutdown Proposals: The Senate is expected to vote on two dueling proposals that would end the government shutdown. The Republican bill would give President Trump the full amount he has requested for the border wall, while the Democratic bill would open the government for a few weeks while negotiations continue. Either bill would need 60 votes to pass, which is far from certain. Read more here.
Transgender Military Ban: The Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump’s plan to ban most transgender people from the military can go forward, while challenges to the policy play out in court. This policy reverses an Obama administration decision to allow transgender people to serve. Read more here.
Jersey Drones: Drone sightings led to a ground stop at Newark Liberty International Airport last night. Two flights reported seeing a drone about 3,500 feet above Teterboro, New Jersey. For a brief period, planes flying into Newark couldn’t land. Read more here.
Covington Catholic: The high-school student at the center of the viral video that sparked a national firestorm and appeared to show him in a confrontation with a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial said in an interview airing this morning on "Today" that he was not “disrespectful” toward the man, and only wishes that he walked away. The White House has reportedly reached out to the students involved in the video. Read more here.
Teacher Strike: The teachers’ strike in Los Angeles is over, and teachers return to classrooms today, after early numbers show a “vast supermajority” have voted to approve a deal. The union won its major demands: smaller class sizes, more support staff, and a 6 percent pay raise. Read more here.
Davos: The IMF downgraded its global growth forecast, sending the Dow down 300 points and serving as an ominous warning to the millionaires and billionaires gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum. The meeting of the world’s political and business elite was already overshadowed by the absence of U.S., U.K., and French leaders, who have stayed home to deal with their own issues of political gridlock. Read more here.
Cooperstown: Mariano Rivera, the former Yankees closer, became the first player in the history of baseball to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. Mo will be joined at the induction ceremony by Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez. Read more here.
Weed-Free Bowl: CBS has rejected a Super Bowl commercial calling for the legalization of medical marijuana. The ad sought to “create an advocacy campaign for constituents who are being lost in the dialogue” according to Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company. Read more here.
Oscar Nominees: "Roma" and "The Favourite" are tied for most Oscar nominations, with 10 apiece. Fan favorite "A Star is Born" is up for Best Picture, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also nominated in the acting categories. The unhosted ceremony airs on ABC February 24. See the list here.
Oscar Snubs: While Bradley Cooper got the nod for best actor, he wasn’t nominated as director for "A Star is Born." Barry Jenkins was left out as director of "If Beale Street Could Talk," and no actors from "Black Panther" were nominated, nor was its director. There were some surprise nominees, too. See a list here.
Oscar History: Netflix finally got its first Best Picture nomination with "Roma." "Black Panther" became the first superhero film to be nominated for the top prize and Spike Lee received his first director nomination for "BlacKkKlansman." Read more here.
Chris Brown Update: Rapper Chris Brown was released from custody in while prosecutors investigation an allegation that he raped a woman in a Paris hotel. Brown denied the charges in an Instagram post, writing “THIS IS SO (DISRESPECTFUL) AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!” Read more here.
- Bacon Hour: In honor of the new bacon additions to the McDonald’s menu, customers can get their hands on some free bacon: On January 29, from 4-5 p.m. (local time), you can get a free side of bacon with anything you order on the menu. Read more here.
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