Mary’s Top Stories of the Day
Politico – Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the company announced Tuesday.
The move comes after President
Donald Trump gave a public rebuke of his former White House strategist in response to critical comments Bannon reportedly made about members of the Trump family and campaign.
The Daily Beast – “I do think she’s intrigued by the idea,” King confessed to her CBS This Morning co-hosts. However, she clarified, “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it. But listen, there are people who’ve said they want to be her campaign manager.”
CNN – Firefighters have rescued at least eight people Tuesday morning in the flood-ravaged California community of Montecito, and the “numbers are expected to go up significantly,” Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason says.
Six homes in that area were “completely wiped away from their foundations and destroyed” by rivers of mud and debris, he said. Emergency crews are focused on clearing the roadway of large boulders and other debris.
USA Today – President Trump promised Tuesday to sign what he called a “bill of love” to extend protections to 800,000 immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children — if Congress can work out the details.
“You folks are going to have to come up with a solution. And if you do, I will sign that solution,” Trump told 25 lawmakers in a remarkable, freewheeling negotiation at the White House with reporters in the room.
CNN – Joe Arpaio, the Republican former Maricopa County sheriff known for his hard-line immigration tactics, says he’s running for Senate.
“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner in an interview kicking off his campaign. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that every day, anyway.”
NBC News – The deal: Democrats, with leverage to use in the upcoming spending fight (because Republicans will need 60 votes to pass anything in the Senate), get to permanently protect the some 700,000 DACA recipients – in exchange for increases in border security and some changes in immigration law. And that COULD include funding for Trump’s border wall or something approximating it.
NY Post – A Louisiana teacher was violently arrested at a public school board meeting Monday night after she questioned her superintendent for giving himself a raise when teachers and administrators were made to go without.
Fox News – A Florida professor teaching a “White Racism” course designed to show “the U.S. has been and remains a white supremacist society” will have his classroom guarded by two police officers as his students meet for the first time Tuesday, the university has revealed.
Mediaite – Trump took a number of questions from the White House press pool today after holding a meeting about immigration reform and the future of DACA. At one point, Trump was asked about the recent speculationthat Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes was an effort to present herself as a viable possibility for the next U.S. presidential election.
RCP – Pence: . I think from the conservative perspective, we accomplished more thanks to President Trump’s leadership than has been accomplished in more than a generation. This President has rolled back more federal red tape than any President in American history, the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States, more court of appeals judges appointed in a single year than any time since the circuit courts were created.
NBC News – Chaos swept California’s Santa Barbara County on Tuesday after a powerful overnight storm hammered the region with heavy rains, leading to the deaths of at least six people and triggering multiple water rescues, authorities said.
NBC News – Entrepreneur Carlos Moreno, 33, turned to mezcal, handcrafting the distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant and part of Oaxaca’s indigenous culture and history. Moreno founded “Koch el Mezcal” and included in the mission statement: “reducing the rural exodus and emigration phenomenon in Oaxaca.”
Quartz – Indians queuing up for green cards can breathe a sigh of relief.
On Jan. 09, the Donald Trump administration clarified that it was not considering any policy alteration that could fuel a “self-deportation” of sorts among immigrants.
Washington Post – Trump publicly waded into the debate spawned by a new book, “Fire and Fury” — Michael Wolff’s inside account of the presidency — over the weekend by claiming on Twitter that he is “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” In doing so, the president underscored his administration’s response strategy — by being forceful and combative — while also undermining it by gleefully entering a debate his aides have tried to avoid.
Politico – The new tax law’s limit on the state and local tax deduction may pose a fiscal threat to high-tax states and their affluent taxpayers. But it’s also a political gift to Democratic officials in those states seeking to raise their national profiles by challenging President Donald Trump and circumventing the law.
ABC News – The State Department says the United States is considering whether viral or “other types of attacks” harmed American diplomatic personnel in Cuba.
State Department officials are testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the unexplained incidents in Havana. The hearing comes after The Associated Press reported that a new FBI report shows no evidence for the initial theory of a sonic weapon.
Mediaite – CNN has announced a shake-up of their journalism teams throughout Washington, and one of the most prominent changes is that Jim Acosta has just become the network’s chief White House correspondent. CNN has also confirmed that Pamela Brown will join the White House beat while Sara Murray takes her place covering the Justice Department.
RCP – fMichael Wolff, the author of the controversial ‘Fire and Fury,’ told CNN’s Don Lemon that Donald Trump couldn’t “put one coherent sentence” together and that it would “irresponsible” if one did not question his mental fitness for office.
Lemon wondered if Trump’s reported “truncated schedule” where he “starts late and ends early” has to do with incoherency.
NPR – Less than one month after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a self-styled militiaman, Navarro has dismissed the charges entirely. The decision Monday puts an end to the federal case against the four men for their role in the 2014 armed standoff over cattle-grazing rights in Nevada.
Vox – Late last year, Rick Perry’s Department of Energy issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(NOPR) asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to bail out beleaguered coal and nuclear plants.
Specifically, the NOPR asked FERC to issue a rule ensuring full cost recovery for power plants with a 90-day supply of fuel on hand (i.e., coal and nuclear plants).
Yesterday, FERC officially responded: Thanks, but no thanks.
Forbes – The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, just five days after the Trump administration moved to rescind federal guidelines protecting state cannabis laws.
USA Today – A national fraternity has been banned from all campuses in the state of Pennsylvania and four fraternity members have been sentenced to jail in the 2013 hazing death of Baruch College freshman Michael Deng.
Reuters – North and South Korea agreed to hold military talks, a joint statement said after the two Koreas engaged in formal dialogue on Tuesday for the first time in more than two years.
BBC News – The son of Israel’s prime minister has apologised after an audiotape of him bragging about his father’s role in a controversial gas deal was broadcast.
In the tape – said to be from 2015 – Yair Netanyahu, 26, is heard trying to persuade gas tycoon Kobi Maimon’s son Ori to lend him money for a stripper.
CNN – Most people love peace and sports. But the sudden rapprochement between North and South Korea over the Winter Olympics pretty much trashes most norms of diplomacy.
Diplomatic talks are not usually offered with states that the international community has admonished for its arms programs, unless they make a concession first.
CNN – Roughly 3,700 people were arrested during recent anti-government protests in Iran, one of the country’s lawmakers claimed on Tuesday.
The number is far higher than the 450 people Iranian authorities previously said were detained. US officials had put the number held at 1,000.
Reuters – Syrian rebels under siege near Damascus have resorted to talks with the government’s ally Russia, sometimes meeting in no-man’s land, as they seek to hang on to their enclave.
ABC News – Ain Sefra is a small town on the northern edge of the Sahara, the hottest desert in the world, but on Sunday the town’s sand dunes were coated with snow after an intense winter storm.
Chicago Tribune – n a bizarre move highlighting the pressures journalists are facing worldwide, Thailand’s prime minister on Monday assigned a life-sized cardboard mock-up of himself to respond to tough questions by journalists.
“If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was quoted as saying by the Associated Press, “ask this guy.”
BBC News – Thousands of tourists have been left stranded after heavy snow in the Alps cut off towns and villages across Switzerland, France and Italy.
In the Swiss resort of Zermatt, more than 13,000 tourists are trapped and some visitors who wanted to leave were airlifted by helicopter.
Washington Post – A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-U.S. cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.
Bloomberg – U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempt to give her government a 2018 reboot was marred by a chaotic cabinet reshuffle as senior ministers refused to follow her orders. It’s a development that bodes ill for her ability to successfully navigate the next, even trickier stage of Brexit talks.
Reuters – On the second leg of a three-day state visit, the first of his eight-month-old presidency, Macron is hoping greater openness from China, coupled with lobbying from the 50-strong business delegation travelling with him, will help narrow the 30-billion-euro (£26.43 billion) trade deficit Paris runs with Beijing.
NY Post – Relatives said Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez “had autopsy markings on him, ready to be opened up” when a doctor at the Legal Medicine in Oviedo heard him sawing wood inside his body bag, the BBC reported citing Spanish-language outlet La Voz de Asturias.
BBC News – A senior Hamas figure in Gaza has been shot in the head in what the militant Palestinian group says was an accident.
Imad al-Alami shot himself while “inspecting his personal weapon in his home” and was in a critical condition, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
U.S. News and World Report – Nearly 170 people, including mayors, businessmen and local administrators, were arrested on Tuesday in a large anti-mafia blitz in Italy and Germany against clan members who controlled restaurants, garbage collection and funeral services.
USA Today – Arm-in-arm or holding hands, Prince Harry and his royal bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, made their first appearance of the new year Tuesday, meeting a crowd of excited fans in a visit to the Brixton neighborhood of London.
The couple, set to marry May 19 at Windsor Castle, looked distinctly “loved up,” as the British tabloids put it, dressed warmly and smiling warmly at well-wishers as they dropped in at a formerly underground radio station, Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton, to see its program training youths in radio and broadcasting.
CBS News – Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia on Tuesday after the country’s last legal impediment to gay marriage expired.
Marriage equality became law on Dec. 9 with overwhelming support in Parliament, but Australia’s requirement that all couples give a month’s notice for weddings made Tuesday the first possible date for gay marriages.
Washington Post – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday unanimously rejected a proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have propped up nuclear and coal power plants struggling in competitive electricity markets.
The independent five-member commission includes four people appointed by President Trump, three of them Republicans. Its decision is binding.
Recode – Jeff Bezos is now worth more than Bill Gates ever was. The Amazon CEO’s net worth hit $105.1 billion yesterday on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, following a year-long surge that has lifted the online shopping giant’s market value by nearly 57 percent. [Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg]
The Hill – JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has walked back his criticism of bitcoin and said it’s underlying technology could be useful for financial markets.
Dimon told Fox Business in an interview that aired Tuesday that he regrets calling the cryptocurrency “a fraud,” but that he’s still “not interested that much in the subject at all.”
Pix11 – An assemblywoman in Brooklyn is accused of stealing tens of thousands in public funds, including money meant to help victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild, then allegedly told witnesses to lie to the FBI about it, according to an 11-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Fortune – As of Tuesday, Starbucks locations across the U.S. will offer a blonde roast espresso with a crisp, citrus flavor and a creamy texture for the same price as a Signature espresso shot. It will be a permanent menu item.
WTOP – Discovery Communications, which helped lead the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, is leaving Montgomery County, selling its headquarters and moving to New York, according to a memo Discovery President and Chief Executive David Zaslav sent to staff.
The Hill – A Senate bill that would block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from repealing its net neutrality rules now has 40 co-sponsors, Senate Democrats announced Tuesday.
The news comes just a day after the bill won its 30th co-sponsor, ensuring that it has enough support to clear a procedural threshold and get fast-tracked to a floor vote.
CNBC – Cryptocurrency ripple fell Tuesday on the Bitstamp exchange, adding to sharp losses from the previous day.
The price of the digital currency dropped 5 percent and was at $2.319 as of 10:19 a.m. ET.
BBC News – Airbus has struck a deal to increase the number of planes it makes in China as part of a state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.
The European giant aims to produce six of its A320 jets each month by 2020 at its final assembly plant near Beijing.
Seattle Times – Boeing released its 2017 jet-order and delivery data Tuesday, confirming that for the sixth year in a row it was the world’s top manufacturer of airplanes.
In a new production record, Boeing built and delivered 763 airplanes in 2017, up from 748 jets the previous year. Its previous record was 762, set in 2015.
NY Times – They’re tiny, colorful and harmless-looking, but these little pellets are being blamed for causing big problems for the world’s oceans and seas.
The items in question are plastic microbeads, and on Tuesday, Britain made good on a pledge to ban the manufacturing of personal care products containing them.
TheStreet – Pfizer Inc. (PFE – Get Report) has decided to exit the neuroscience research business, putting 300 employees on the street while at the same time considering how it wants to invest in the sector.
U.S. News and World Report – Employers posted fewer open jobs in November, the second straight month of decline after openings reached a record high in September.
The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of available jobs slipped 0.8 percent to 5.88 million, down from 5.93 million in October. September’s peak was 6.18 million.
CNET – You don’t have to wait for Las Vegas Convention Center to open its doors to see what CES 2018 has to offer. A long lineup of press conferences on what’s officially called Press Day (confusing, I know) brings a slew of new gadgets and services from some of the biggest technology players on the planet. It’s a lot to take in, but we’re here to help. Read on for the most important news so far.
TechCrunch – As it stands right now, Apple is absolutely dominating the smart watch market. But that hasn’t stopped other entrants from trying their hand, or wrist, in the space.
CNET – There wasn’t quite the wow factor we’ve seen before. No moving wall dramatically parted to reveal a massive TV, and shiny refrigerators didn’t miraculously appear on stage. There weren’t any celebrities to talk about how much they adore Samsung products, though there also wasn’t a Michael Bay-level meltdown.
Male fertility is dropping around the world and the researchers wanted to see if ibuprofen might be contributing to this.
CNBC – Medical experts in the United States are worried that this year’s flu season could be a nasty one that may be lethal. That’s because this year’s main flu strain, the influenza A virus, known as H3N2, is worse than the swine flu in 2009. To put it in perspective, back when the swine flu was making headlines it infected just 51,000 people in Australia.
CNN – People who visited the location in West Jordan between December 26 and January 3 could be at risk if they used a restroom in the store or consumed certain food items, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department.
Live Science – The woman, Jeanette LeBlanc, went crabbing with her friends and family on the coast of Louisiana in September, according to CBS News. During the trip, LeBlanc and her friend Karen Bowers shucked and ate about two dozen raw oysters, Bowers told CBS.
NBC 5 – Dallas County Health and Human Services said Tuesday that six of the patients were residents of Dallas and one patient was a Garland resident. All patients had health conditions considered to be of “high risk” and died after complications from the seasonal flu.
Buzzfeed News – Holly’s self-described “note before I die” has been shared over 38,000 times as of Sunday morning.
Stephen Hawking Turns 76 Today—Here’s How the Brilliant Physicist Has Defied the Odds of Fatal ALS Disease
Newsweek – Today is Stephen Hawking’s 76 birthday and the famed physicist has once again proved his resilience against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the fatal and debilitating disease he was diagnosed with at age 21. And while we all worry about Hawking’s health as he ages, the physicist has a more important concern on his mind: the survival of the human race.
The Independent – With more saturated fat than butter and lard, experts have long-debated whether consuming the oil could actually do you more harm than good.
MyAJC – Health officials in the United States are not yet ready to blame the U.S. outbreak to the leafy green. Still, they say, the Canadian finding has proved helpful and both outbreaks appear to have been caused by related strains of the bacteria, suggesting the possibility of a shared source.
Sports and Entertainment
ESPN – To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.
The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.
Sporting News – Houston police have reportedly located Courtney Roland, a reporter for Rivals’ Texas A&M site AggieYell.com, who went missing on Sunday.
Fox News – Adult film actress Olivia Nova died at age 20 on Sunday in Las Vegas, joining a growing list of young porn stars to succumb to untimely deaths.
USA Today – The singer The Weeknd has cut ties with the international retail chain H&M after the company ran an ad featuring a black boy wearing a sweatshirt that said “coolest monkey in the jungle” on the front.
CBS News – CBS News anchor John Dickerson has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning,” joining Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell on the network’s critically acclaimed and award-winning broadcast. It was announced Tuesday by David Rhodes, president of CBS News. Dickerson begins anchoring Jan. 10, 2018, and will be based in New York.
Vanity Fair – Dan Conner’s resuscitation will be jarring for longtime Roseanne fans when the ABC sitcom returns this spring—but not, perhaps, as surprising as the Conner family’s politics. Both Roseanne and Dan voted for Donald Trump, as Roseanne Barr explained at a Television Critics Association panel on Monday.
Breitbart – A new poll finds that 33 percent of responding NFL fans said they boycotted the 2017 season by refusing to watch or attend games, and former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick was the leading reason.
NY Daily News – ames Franco’s Golden Globe lost some of its luster after several women went on Twitter and accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Almost immediately after the actor scooped up a trophy for “The Disaster Artist” Sunday, on a night the industry spoke out against sexual harassment, Franco came under attack.
The Daily Beast – Two additional women have filed police reports accusing Russell Simmons of rape, TMZ reported Tuesday. The criminal complaints were reportedly filed with the New York Police Department in December; and the allegations surround incidents that took place in 1983 and 1991. One of the accusers, Sherri Hines, appeared on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show last month to share her story.
CNN – “I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14..when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “All damn night.”
Hollywood Reporter – The 22-year-old has spoken about her struggle with blemishes in the past, writing on her app (which she no longer updates in 2018), that her acne crippled her self-confidence and kept her from participating in normal teenage activities, like talking to boys.
Rolling Stone – If the timing had been different, Luke Bryan might have been a contestant on American Idol. Instead, the Georgia native will be one of the show’s new judges when the reboot of the singing competition premieres on ABC in March.
Michigan Live – Maggie Nichols, the U.S. gymnast whose complaints about medical treatments by Dr. Larry Nassar led to an investigation by USA Gymnastics, went public today with her story about the former Michigan State University doctor.
AL.com – Chavis, 61, joins the Razorbacks after three seasons at Texas A&M. He has also been defensive coordinator at LSU, Tennessee, Alabama State and Alabama A&M.
Mashable – Here’s even more proof of their chops. The two pals, who are currently promoting The Post, unveiled some extremely solid impressions of each other’s most iconic characters on Tuesday’s episode of Ellen.