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Winter Storm: A huge winter storm is bringing snow, ice and rain to 39 states and will impact 60 percent of the U.S. population over the next couple days. The brunt of the system will be over the D.C.-Philly corridor this morning, and the Northeast later today and into tomorrow. See the forecast here.
Saudi Nukes: Trump administration officials have pushed for a plan to build dozens of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, despite “vigorous” objections from lawyers over the legal and ethical implications of spreading nuclear weapon technology in the Middle East. According to a new report by a House panel, Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, proposed the plan, which lingered in the White House even after he was fired. Read more here.
2020: Bernie: Bernie Sanders is running for president again. The 77-year-old Vermont senator raised more than $1 million in under four hours yesterday after announcing his run. Sanders is an Independent but is running as a Democrat. Read more here.
2020: Biden: Former Vice President Joe Biden is getting closer to tossing his hat in the ring. One top Democratic donor told ABC he thinks Biden is “90 percent there” on a presidential run. Read more here.
2020: Beto: Beto O’Rourke said he will make up his mind by the end of the month on whether to run for president or mount a bid for U.S. Senate in Texas. Read more here.
KKK Op-ed: The publisher of a small Alabama newspaper has sparked outrage after calling for the Ku Klux Klan to “go up there and clean out D.C.” Goodloe Sutton, who publishes the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, admits to writing an editorial headlined “Klan needs to ride again.” When asked by a reporter what he meant by “cleaning up D.C.,” Sutton said he was talking about lynching. Read more here.
Record Contract: MLB free agent Manny Machado has found a home. The slugger is joining the San Diego Padres, who will pay him a record $300 million over 10 years ー the biggest free-agent contract in U.S. sports history. Bryce Harper, baseball’s other top free agent, could top that before the season starts in the spring. Read more here.
Karl Lagerfeld: Renowned fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris yesterday morning. The creative director of Chanel and Fendi was 85. Read more here.
Don Newcombe: Pitching legend Don Newcombe, one of the first African American pitchers in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 92. Newcombe played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read more here.
Top of the Charts: Ariana Grande has become the first artist since The Beatles to claim the top three spots on the Hot 100. Grande’s singles 7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored and Thank U, Next are sitting at 1, 2 and 3 on the charts, respectively. The last time that happened was when the Fab 4 owned all top 5 spots in 1964. Read more here.
Spotted: Meghan Markle outside her baby shower in New York City. See the pic here.
Gaga Single: Lady Gaga is no longer engaged to Christian Carino. Speculation of a split began earlier this month when GaGa appeared at the Grammys without her engagement ring. She also didn’t thank Carino in her acceptance speech. Read more here.
Stonehenge: Scientists say they now know exactly where dozens of the massive rocks at Stonehenge came from. Archaeologists believe 80 two-ton blocks were carried 180 miles over land from a quarry in Wales that was chosen because the stones were relatively easy to remove. How the monument was built, beginning around 3,000 B.C., remains one of the biggest mysteries in the world. Read more here.
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