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Shutdown: Day 26: House Democrats rejected an invitation to meet with President Trump at the White House, saying it would just be a photo-op, as the administration said it would bring back 50,000 furloughed employees to work without pay as the shutdown drags on. About 42,000 members of the Coast Guard missed their first paycheck, becoming the only active duty members of the military in history to work without pay due to a lapse in funding. Read more here.
Economic Impact: The White House acknowledged that the shutdown is now having a tangible economic impact and could push the U.S. economy into a contraction if it continues. Jamie Dimon, the influential CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, said if the shutdown goes on for a full quarter it could reduce growth to zero. Read more here.
Kenya Hotel Attack: More than a dozen people were killed, including at least one American, when gunmen opened fire and used car bombs at a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabab, an Islamic extremist group, claimed responsibility. In a televised address, Kenya’s president said “all the terrorists have been eliminated” and said 700 people had been evacuated during the rampage. Read more here.
Brexit: Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was soundly defeated in Parliament, once again throwing the Brexit process into chaos 10 weeks before the deadline. May’s deal received 202 favorable votes, with 432 members voting against it. Read more here.
El Chapo Trial: A witness at the New York trial of crime lord El Chapo shocked the courtroom when he testified that Mexico’s former president took a $100 million bribe from the drug kingpin in exchange for calling off a national manhunt. President Enrique Peña Nieto was accused of proposing that El Chapo give him $250 million shortly after Nieto’s 2012 election, and settling for $100 million. Read more here.
2020: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is running for president. The New York lawmaker made the announcement during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Meanwhile, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced on MSNBC that he would go on a listening tour that would take him to many of the early voting states. Read more here.
Netflix: Netflix prices are going up again. The most popular plan, at $11/month, is increasing to $13/month. The cheapest plan will now be $9. New subscribers will pay the increased prices immediately; those already using the service will see the price increase over the next three months. This hike, the company’s fourth, is its largest yet. Netflix shares went up 6.5% following the announcement. Read more here.
Former Yankee Arrested: Former MLB All-Star pitcher John Wetteland has been arrested on child sex abuse charges. The one-time Yankees and Rangers closer, who’s been working as a coach at a Texas school, allegedly abused a child under the age of 14 on a continuous basis. He’s out on $25,000 bond. Read more here.
Grammy Host: Alicia Keys will host the 61st Grammy Awards on February 10. Keys is no stranger to the Grammys ー she’s won 15 times. The singer posted a video of her kids’ reaction when she shared the news. Watch here.
RiRi vs. Daddy: Rihanna is suing her dad, Ronald Fenty, for allegedly trying to profit off the family name by using it in the name of his business, “Fenty Entertainment.” The suit also accuses him of pretending to be her agent. Fenty allegedly booked her on a $15 million tour without authority to act on her behalf. Read more here.
Bridge Demolition: Dramatic video shows the old Tappan Zee Bridge crashing into New York’s Hudson River. The demolition was controlled and happened according to plan. The Tappan Zee has been replaced by the Mario Cuomo Bridge, named after the state’s former governor. Watch here.
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