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January 16, 2019: What to Know


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  • The New York Times reports this morning that the Brexit fiasco "seems to be forcing a tectonic shift" in how Britain is governed, particularly in the wake of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan suffering the worst parliamentary defeat in modern times. Lawmakers will vote later today on a motion that could, in theory, oust May from her post. Meanwhile, May has until Monday, Jan. 21, to present a backup plan to exit from the European Union.

  • Peter Yeo is the Senior Vice President of the United Nations Foundation. - UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION
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    • Peter Yeo is the Senior Vice President of the United Nations Foundation.
    The economic damage from the partial federal government shutdown is far greater than what had been estimated, the White House said Tuesday. Federal workers have missed, on average, more than $5,000 per person in wages so far. With 800,000 employees currently furloughed or working without pay, that's more than $200 million missing from the American economy every workday. Meanwhile, a former U.S. State Department diplomat and current Senior Vice President of the United Nations Foundation tells Boise Weekly that the impact of the shutdown is even more significant for those working in foreign service. Read our interview with Peter Yeo, who will be visiting Idaho later this week, by clicking here.
  • NBC News reports that the New York State Legislature voted to ban so-called gay conversion therapy on minors. The measure, which Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign into law, makes New York the 15th state to ban the controversial practice, which was profiled in the film Boy Erased, co-starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
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    Netflix subscribers won't be happy to learn that the streaming service is increasing the price on each of its plans. Fortune magazine says it's the biggest single price hike since Netflix was launched.

  • Speaking of Netflix, reports that the streaming service's current campaign to nab Oscar nominations for its much-heralded Roma may be the biggest media blitz in Oscar history. The company is reportedly spending as much as $20 million just to convince Motion Picture Academy voters that Roma deserves to be a nominee, not just for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, but for Best Picture of the year.

  • The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has unveiled its lineup, but most of the big attractions aren't jazz artists. The Hollywood Reporter says this year's 50th-annual jazz fest will feature The Rolling Stones, Pitbull, Katy Perry and the Dave Matthews Band.