- Bingo Barnes
- Two days after the Jan. 7 Golden Globe Awards ceremony, where Oprah Winfrey received a lifetime achievement award, political and celebrity pundits are buzzing over the possibility Winfrey would consider running for president in 2020. Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham told The Los Angeles Times Winfrey would "absolutely do it" with the caveat that such matters are "up to the people." Meanwhile, Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, said earlier today on CBS This Morning (which King co-hosts), "I do think she's intrigued by the idea."
- It didn't take long for critics—from both the right and the left—of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to start picking apart his 12th and final State of the State address, which he delivered Jan 8 at the Idaho Statehouse. Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman dubbed the speech "Otter's liberal agenda," saying the governor "has put forward a jaw-dropping, unaffordable spending plan." Meanwhile, the Idaho Democratic Party leadership criticized Otter's proposed tax cut of nearly $100 million and outlined their fear it will "be balanced on the backs of Idaho families with children."
- The University of Alabama Crimson Tide won its fifth college football championship in nine years Monday night, coming from behind in a thrilling NCAA championship to beat the University of Georgia Bulldogs in overtime 26-23.
- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled its nominations early this morning for the annual BAFTA awards, aka the British Oscars. The Best Film suggestions are Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A separate slate of nominees are also eligible for Best British Film: Darkest Hour, The Death of Stalin, God's Own Country, Lady Macbeth, Paddington 2 and Three Billboards again—it was a British production. The BAFTAs will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 18.
- Finally, here's something to brush away your January doldrums. Buckingham Palace has released photos of 2-year-old Princess Charlotte, taken by her mother Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Charlotte's first day of school at the Willcocks Nursery School.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. pic.twitter.com/dDIOZdA7aM— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 8, 2018