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1. PANEL: TRUMP’S TWEET ‘A CALL TO ARMS’
Of all the tweets Donald Trump posted during his presidency, the one he typed in the early hours of Dec. 19, 2020, was among the most consequential, according to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. "Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election," the tweet read, in part. "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!" The post on Twitter provided the foundation for the committee's presentation during yesterday’s wide-ranging hearing on Capitol Hill, as Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Jamie Raskin sought to show how it mobilized far-right extremists around Jan. 6, setting the stage for the violence that followed. "This tweet served as a call to action, and in some cases as a call to arms," Murphy said. CHEDDAR NEWS
2. ISLAMIC STATE LEADER KILLED
The leader of the Islamic State in Syria was killed and another senior official seriously injured in a drone strike conducted by the U.S. military. According to the U.S. Central Command, Maher al-Agal was “one of the top five ISIS leaders” and “responsible for aggressively pursuing the development of ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria.” The strike in northwest Syria was part of ongoing efforts to combat the terrorist group’s ability to carry out global attacks. While it no longer controls large swaths of territory, experts say the Islamic State has been able to “efficiently restructure themselves organizationally.” AP
3. UKRAINE WAR: IRAN’S INVOLVEMENT
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran next week for meetings with the leaders of Iran and Turkey in a bid to receive extra military assistance for its invasion of Ukraine. U.S. intelligence officials said earlier this week that Iran is already providing Moscow with “hundreds” of drones capable of firing missiles. Putin’s Iran visit will come on the heels of President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, where Iran’s nuclear program and its intentions to assist Russia will be a key topic of discussion. NY TIMES
4. TWITTER SUES MUSK
As expected, Twitter filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk after the billionaire said he planned to terminate his $44 billion deal to buy the company. In the filing, Twitter claims Musk “refuses to honor his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests.” Twitter accuses the Tesla CEO of trying to avoid the cost of the market downturn — Musk agreed to buy the company for $54.20 per share, but Twitter shares are currently trading around $34. Yesterday’s filing marks the beginning of what is expected to be a long legal battle as Twitter tries to force Musk into the acquisition. CNBC
Surely this will all be handled privately and nonchalantly.
5. JILL BIDEN APOLOGIZES
First Lady Jill Biden apologized for saying Latino diversity is “as unique as the breakfast tacos” of San Antonio. Biden made the comment during a speech at the annual conference for UnidosUS, a Latino civil rights and advocacy group. Michael LaRosa, Biden’s press secretary, later tweeted, “The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.” Biden’s verbal misstep came on a day when her husband, President Joe Biden, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hammered out several agreements including “smart” border technology funding by Mexico. USA TODAY
Breakfast burritos have been in the spotlight long enough. This is your time, breakfast tacos.
6. WEBB TELESCOPE UNVEILS MORE IMAGES
On Monday, the debut of James Webb Space Telescope’s images revealed a glimpse of distant galaxies that went deeper into the cosmos than humanity has ever seen. Yesterday, a new batch of images showed parts of the universe that, while visible by other telescopes, gave NASA officials fresh reasons to believe that life exists elsewhere among the hundreds of galaxies captured in Webb’s pictures. New images included one of a dying star with a foamy edge of escaping gas, another showing a stunning landscape of orange cliffs, and a third displaying five galaxies engaging in a cosmic dance. CHEDDAR NEWS
7. REPUBLICANS LUKEWARM ON TRUMP 2024
Two days ago, The New York Times shared a poll showing that 64% of Democrats prefer another nominee over Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential race. Yesterday, The Times shared a similar poll, which showed that only 49% of Republicans would vote for former President Donald Trump as the party’s nominee in 2024. Trailing Trump was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 25%. The poll suggests that, unlike in elections past, Trump may not enter Republican primaries as the inevitable frontrunner. The two polls collectively suggest the decreasing likelihood of a 2020 presidential election rematch in 2024. NY TIMES
There’s always 2028.
8. 'SUCCESSION' LEADS EMMY NOMINATIONS
The Television Academy announced this year’s Primetime Emmy nominees yesterday, and HBO’s satirical drama “Succession” led the way with 25 nominations, followed by “Ted Lasso” and “The White Lotus” with 20 nods each. “Squid Game” — which earned 14 total nominations — made Hollywood history by becoming the first non-English language series to vie for the top honor of best drama series. In honor of the Emmy nominees, we compiled a list of those featured in the Cheddar Digital Team's weekly What to Stream column. Check out which of our picks made the cut, and maybe even find something new to watch over the weekend. CHEDDAR NEWS
9. TIGER DENOUNCES LIV TOUR
At a news conference ahead of this weekend’s Open Championship, Tiger Woods criticized golfers who ditched the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, a Saudi Arabian-financed circuit that has lured several of the world’s top players with lucrative signing bonuses. "I disagree with it," Woods said. "I think that what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position." Last month, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman told the Washington Post that Woods turned down an offer in the “high nine digits” to join the Saudi-backed tour. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into the PGA Tour for its handling of players who threatened to leave for LIV Golf and whether the PGA violated antitrust laws. ESPN
10. IN ENTERTAINMENT…
… Heardle being purchased by Spotify. The Wordle-inspired music recognition trivia game was acquired by Spotify, as the music streamer wants its app to become more interactive. If you’re unfamiliar with Heardle, it’s a daily game that asks you to guess a song based on its opening notes. HEARDLE
… “Breaking Bad” statues going up in Albuquerque. Series creator Vince Gilligan is donating two bronze sculptures — one of Walter White and one of Jesse Pinkman — as a way to “give something back” to the New Mexico city where the hit series was filmed for more than a decade. YAHOO
Yes, the fictional drug dealer got a statue before you did.
Q&A with Cheddar Anchor Alicia Quarles
By now, you may have heard that Wake Up With Cheddar has welcomed some fresh faces to deliver you the biggest news stories every morning.
We’re bringing you some Q&As to help you get to know the Wake Up team. Today, we rattled off some questions for an anchor who holds an extensive background in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, Alicia Quarles.
Q: What would you say has been the biggest accomplishment of your career so far?
Alicia: Starting behind the scenes, I wrote for the Associated Press for years and then transferred to TV. So I think being able to be a journalist that can do it all — I'm really proud of that. You can put me on and I can anchor but I can also write a story and break news. Survival skills! CHEDDAR NEWS