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February 6, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • In Tuesday night's State of the Union, President Trump laid out his agenda to a now-divided Congress, focusing in large part on immigration and border security, health care, infrastructure and the economy. In a less-fiery tone than his daily Twitter posts, Trump insisted that the U.S. economy "is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office, and we are considered far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world." But fact-checkers pushed back, saying economic growth in China, India, Latvia and Poland was nearly twice as fast. Trump also said, "More people are working now than at any time in our history." The New York Times says economists confirm that the total number of people working in the U.S. is higher than ever, but it's not because of the president's policies. It's because more people than ever live in the U.S.

  • The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled against a lawsuit from the Idaho Freedom Foundation which claimed that the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid was illegal. The high court's majority opinion dubbed IFF's argument "unpersuasive." Sixty-one percent of Idaho voters approved the law, allowing people who make less than 138 percent of poverty-level income to qualify for Medicaid coverage.

  • Boise Fire investigators will spend today looking for the cause of an overnight fire which ripped through Los Mariachi's Mexican Restaurant on Fairview Avenue. Firefighters said the blaze was difficult to contain because some areas of the building were hard to reach due to instability of the roof. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. 
  • NASA and the National Weather Service reported this morning that 2018 was the planet's fourth-hottest year on record. CNBC reports that the U.S. suffered 14 weather and climate disasters with costs surpassing $1 billion during a warmer- and wetter-than-average year. In its report, NASA reiterated that rising global temperatures are driven largely by growing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from human activity.
  • Food & Wine magazine has a list of what an average bottle of wine costs around the world. Tel Aviv tops the list ($28.77), followed by Seoul ($27.01), Singapore ($23.68) and Sydney ($20.48).  Some of the more reasonable cities include Geneva ($8.47) and Paris ($11.90).
  • Some priceless crown jewels, belonging to Sweden's King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, were snatched last summer in a Hollywood-like heist in broad daylight. But NBC News reports that Swedish law enforcement believe they have found some of the jewels on top of a trash can in a Stockholm suburb.

  • In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Bradley Cooper said he was "embarrassed" that he wasn't nominated for a Best Director Oscar when his film, A Star is Born, picked up seven other Oscar nods. "I felt embarrassed that I didn't do my part," he told Winfrey.

  • Meanwhile, Allison Janney, who won a Supporting Actress Oscar last year for I, Tonya, said she was disappointed when this year's Oscar producers told her that she wouldn't be presenting at the upcoming ceremony. Tradition was that the previous year's winners would hand the golden statuettes to their successors. "It's looking like they are not going to honor the tradition this year," Janney wrote on Instagram. "It breaks my heart."