- Bingo Barnes
- The partial federal government shutdown is now the longest in history. CNN reports that a new poll indicates a majority of those asked said President Trump bears more responsibility for the shutdown than Democrats. A majority of those asked also oppose Trump's proposal for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, the source of the stalemate that has shut down federal offices and agencies.
- Meanwhile, NPR reports that thousands of furloughed federal workers have been visiting pop-up food banks in and around D.C. and Maryland.
Nearly 200 federal employees stood in the cold on Saturday outside a Maryland supermarket waiting to collect a small allotment of free food. https://t.co/FMADjIXiBZ— NPR (@NPR) January 13, 2019
- Chad Buchanan, 40
- The days of sharing Netflix passwords may be numbered. A software company based in the U.K. says it has developed a program that would detect fraudulent activity on Netflix. Officials at Synamedia said that if the program detected multiple users on a single-user account it would trigger the customer to upgrade to a premium account that includes sharing. And if it found that passwords were being sold, the accounts would be shut down. The system is in the testing phase. It's estimated that one in four people share their credentials for video streaming.
- Also in the U.K., riders of the London tube were greeted Sunday with hundreds of pants-less passengers. The Evening Standard says it was the 10th annual "No Trousers Tube Ride."
- The Boise State University gymnastics team had a pretty fabulous Sunday. It came out on top in a season-opening meet against San Jose State and Air Force that proved to be the Broncos' best season-opening performance in program history.
- The Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints emerged victorious this past weekend in the NFL playoffs. But most of the buzz surround Patriots quarterback Tom Brady who, when he wasn't on the field, was draped in a size XXXXL coat (so it seemed).
Is Tom Brady’s coat getting bigger? An investigation:— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 13, 2019
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- The Oscar season gets really serious today as the nomination phase wraps up. The nominees will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the awards will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 24.
- Meanwhile, the Critics' Choice Awards were delivered last night, with Roma being the big winner of the night, taking home Best Picture, Best Foreign Film and Best Director. Christian Bale won Best Actor for Vice and there was a tie for Best Actress: Glenn Close for The Wife and Lady Gaga for A Star is Born. Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Green Book and Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk.