- Bingo Barnes
- The 116th U.S. Congress convenes today with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) leading the Democratic majority, and one of its first orders of business will be the partial federal government shutdown. Pelosi was part of a bipartisan congressional leadership meeting with President Trump on Jan. 2, where Trump was adamant in his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall. The New York Times reports that congressional leaders are expected to return to the White House on Friday, Jan. 11, to resume talks.
Nancy Pelosi is set to become House speaker again, cementing her place as the highest-ranking and most powerful elected woman in the history of American politics https://t.co/nwEoYoVeJh— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 3, 2019
- Kelsey Hawes
- CNBC says U.S. stocks fell sharply this morning after Apple warned first-quarter sales would be less than previously expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite all took a dive.
- Speaking of taking a dive, smithsonian.com reports that a privately funded craft has become the first submersible to reach the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. equity firm founder piloted the craft to the floor of the Puerto Rico Trench. That's 27,480 feet below the surface. The Triton submersible cost $35 million to build.
- The Boise State men's basketball team reversed its fortunes last night with a 69-55 win over the University of Oregon. The Lady Broncos were also winners, beating Wyoming 72-64.
- With the Golden Globe Awards set for this coming weekend, nearly all of the nation's regional film critics' groups (36 so far) have made their picks for the best of 2018 cinema. And Variety reports that Roma has been singled as the year's best by 16 of those critics' organizations. A distant second is The Favourite, named as best film of the year by five critics' organizations.