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January 24, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • In a letter addressed to President Trump and Congress, five former Department of Homeland Security chiefs say not paying DHS employees due to the partial federal government shutdown is "unconscionable." Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano, Jeh Johnson and John Kelly, who was also Trump's former chief of staff, all signed the letter. ABC News reports that the U.S. Senate is poised to hold its first votes today on measures that could end the shutdown, but most agree that the chance of either bill getting the necessary 60 votes is slim. Today is Day No. 34 of the shutdown, stalled over Trump's deal-or-no-deal position of funding a $5.7 billion wall at the U.S./Mexico border.

  • Meanwhile, when Pope Francis was asked by reporters Wednesday about President Trump's proposed border wall, the Pope responded, "It is the fear that makes us crazy." CBS News reports that the Pope made the remarks while en route to Panama, the first leg of a Central America tour.

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    • Vanessa Whalen, 26
    A Boise woman is behind bars, charged with drug trafficking, following a search of her storage unit that revealed quantities of heroin and meth. Boise Police said a lengthy investigation and tips from citizens led them to the suspect's storage unit on the 400 block of Maple Grove Road. 26-year-old Vanessa Whalen was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony count of drug trafficking in heroin and a separate felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. She's being held on $100,000 bail.

  • The campus of the University of Montana is in mourning following the death of U of M football player Andrew Harris. The Montana Standard reports that the 22-year-old Harris was found dead in his Missoula home. Police are investigating the death as a suicide.

  • Most American colleges offer varied meal plans for their students. But Virginia's George Mason University has introduced something new: meals delivered to students' dorms via robots. Food & Wine magazine says George Mason students can get food from the campus grocery store, an on-campus pizzeria, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts delivered by one of the college's 25 robots.

  • U.S. News and World Report has published the 2019 edition of its Best Countries Report. Switzerland came out on top, followed by Japan, Canada and Germany. Countries were judged on health care, public education, safety, job opportunities and political stability. The United States came in eighth place.
  • A hedge fund billionaire has paid $238 million for a Manhattan penthouse overlooking Central Park. The New York Times says it's the most anyone has ever paid for a home in the U.S.
  • Vanity Fair is out with its most-anticipated issue of the year, it's 25th-annual Hollywood issue, featuring snapshots of some of the most talented people in film: Yalitza Aparicio, Chadwick, Boseman, Timothee Chalamet, Elizabeth Debicki, Henry Golding, Nicholas Hoult, Regina King, Rami Malek, Saoirse Ronan, Tessa Thompson and John David Washington.