1.8.2018

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1.8.2018
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Golden Globes.
The 75th Golden Globes were held last night, with a show of solidarity against sexual harassment in Hollywood sharing the spotlight (see red carpet photos). On the awards front, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri led with four awards including top drama, while Lady Bird picked up two, including Best Actress for lead Saoirse Ronan. Despite seven nominations, The Shape of Water got a chilly reception winning only Best Director for Guillermo Del Toro. On the television side, HBO's Big Little Lies took home four awards and Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win the best lead in a TV series for his role in This is Us. The politically-charged ceremony came amid widespread sexual harassment allegations roiling the industry - actresses wore black in solidarity with the Time's Up initiative and the night was punctuated by a rousing speech by Oprah Winfrey. See a full list of award winners here

College Football Championship Tonight.
The college football season comes to an end tonight as Alabama faces Georgia in Atlanta for the national championship (8pm ET, ESPN). The showdown pits Bama coach Nick Saban against longtime protege Kirby Smart, who served as Saban's defensive coordinator and other roles for nine years before taking the helm at Georgia in 2016. With many angles to the game - including Georgia's 19-year-old freshman QB Jake Fromm facing Bama's relentless pass rush - the key may be how Georgia's high-powered rushing attack (267.4 yards/game, 41 tds) fares against Bama's top-ranked run defense (918 yards/game, 8 tds). Alabama enters as a 4-pt favorite - and if you're looking for a detailed breakdown check out Bleacher Report's complete guide to the game.

Border Security Request Rolled Out.
The White House rolled out a $33B request to beef up border security, including $18B to complete and refurbish a wall along the US-Mexico border. The remaining $15B would cover personnel and advanced security technologies. The request lays out the Administration's priorities ahead of a Senate immigration reform framework expected this week. While Democrats oppose border wall funding -  which would cover 300 miles of new wall and 400 miles of replacements - Trump signaled he would support legalizing DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in exchange for the funding. DACA defers deportation for 'dreamers', or minors who entered the country illegally under the age of 16 and before 2007, and haven't committed a crime (background here). The $33B request would be spread out over the next ten years. 

 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> Titans, Jaguars, Saints, and Falcons win Wild Card games, advance to Divisional Round of NFL playoffs (More)
> Jerry Van Dyke, star of Coach and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, dies at 86 (More)
Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis accused of rape by multiple women (More)
 

Science & Technology.

World's biggest consumer electronics show kicks off, here's the new tech to look for in 2018 (More)
Cellular mechanism that turns energy-storing brown fat into energy-burning white fat identified in mice (More)
SpaceX launches top-secret US government 'Zuma' spacecraft into low Earth orbit (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Unemployment remains at 4.1% in DEC; 2.1M jobs added in 2017 (More)
Former CEO Travis Kalanick to sell 29% of Uber shares for $1.4B (More)
China allows airlines to determine prices  on domestic flights, airline shares surge (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Official says FBI investigation into Clinton Foundation renewed months ago (More)
Iranian tanker carrying 1M barrels of oil collides with Chinese freighter, 32 crew missing (More)
Top Republican challenger drops out of Ohio Senate race, one of most vulnerable Democrat seats, citing wife's health issues (More)
ETCETERA.
By law, women in Germany can now find out what their male counterparts earn

Non-profit brings vending machines for the homeless - that provide critical items instead of candy - to the US

Lizard Blizzard: Here's why it's raining iguanas in Florida (don't pick them up).

Canadians are cutting $20 bills in half to make two $10s

Watch the legless insect known as a 'midge' jump 30 times its body length

In the latest fad you should avoid, Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop endorses a $135 coffee enema

Dippin' Dots is expanding...into cryogenics.

Here's how much the average American kid earned in 2017 in allowance

Clickbait: Aggressive wild turkeys stop mail service in Cleveland suburb

Historybook: RIP Marco Polo (1324); HBD Elvis Presley (1935); HBD Stephen Hawking (1942); HBD David Bowie (1947); Kim Jong-un born (1984).
"INTELLIGENCE IS THE ABILITY TO ADAPT TO CHANGE."
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Stephen Hawking
 
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