- Bingo Barnes
- Mitt Romney, one-time Republican nominee for president and the incoming senator from Utah, wrote a blistering op-ed in The Washington Post, saying President Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office." This morning, Trump responded on Twitter, writing, "I won big, and he didn't."
Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2019
- Meanwhile, Trump invited congressional leaders of both parties to the White House today for a briefing on border security. It's Democratic leaders' first visit to the White House since Dec. 11, when the president said he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security."
- Protests erupted in southern India this morning when two young women defied a centuries-old ban by entering a temple. NPR reports that women of menstruating age have been banned from the Sabarimala temple in the Indian state of Kerala. No woman under the age of 50 had entered the temple until today.
- Saint Alpohonsus
- St. Alphonsus maternity nurse Baylee Swift's daughter was born in the early hours of New Year's Day.
- NASA is beginning to receive images from the New Horizons spacecraft which, after a journey of more than 4 billion miles, has approached an icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule. NPR says it's the most distant object visited by human technology.
- The Hollywood Reporter says New Year's Eve countdown shows on ABC, Fox and NBC all suffered year-to-year declines Monday night.
- Farecompare.com is out with what it calls "the cheapest days to fly in 2019." Included on the list are Jan. 22-30 for domestic flights and Jan. 30 for trans-Atlantic flights.
- Executives at Cathay Pacific, Asia's biggest international carrier, are trying to determine what misstep caused their online sales system to accidentally sell a $16,000 seat for $675.
- And speaking of price tags, The New York Times reports that a six-pack of beer now costs at least $26 in Qatar, where a new alcohol tax went into effect New Year's Day.
Buying a six-pack of beer in Qatar will now set you back at least $26, thanks to an alcohol tax that went into effect in the country https://t.co/PLJ9EirLFK— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 2, 2019