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Kentucky school shooting leaves at least one dead and multiple wounded, officials say (Kathleen Joyce/Fox News)

Memeorandum - 1 hour 21 min ago

Kathleen Joyce / Fox News:
Kentucky school shooting leaves at least one dead and multiple wounded, officials say  —  At least one person was killed and several others were injured when a shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., officials said.  —  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted the shooter was in custody.

Rep. Jim Jordan: FBI Literally Telling Us "The Dog At My Homework" On Strzok Texts

RealClear - 1 hour 23 min ago
Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan says Congress needs to get to the bottom of five months of missing text exchanges between two FBI officials that were key to the Clinton email probe and the Trump-Russia investigation. "They're not just missing text messages from anybody, they're missing them from two key people -- [FBI lawyer Lisa Page and] Peter Strzok, who ran the Clinton investigation, interviewed Huma Abedin, interviewed Sheryl Mills and Hillary Clinton, changed [Hillary's] now-famous exoneration letter from 'gross negligence' which is a criminal standard, to 'extreme carelessness' which is not. Peter Strzok who helped run the Russia investigation, interviewed Mike Flynn," Jordan said. "That Peter Strzok, who in all these text messages with Lisa Page says we cannot let Trump be elected president, we need an 'insurance policy,' he should lose 100 million to zero." "Now we find out five months of text messages between these two individuals come up missing," he said. "This is like the dog ate my homework, the excuse they give, this is something that just should not take place."

Karl Lagerfeld sports a white beard at Paris Fashion Week

Daily Mail - 1 hour 23 min ago
The German designer, who is known for his distinctive white ponytail and dark shades, showcased his newly-grown facial fuzz at the Dior Homme show at Paris Fashion Week.

Meryl Streep receives her 21st Oscar nomination

Daily Mail - 1 hour 23 min ago
If the 68-year-old Yale graduate wins, it will be her fourth Academy Award. She is the most nominated actress in Oscar history. But her co-star Hanks did not get a nod.

The unofficial “Democrats lost the shutdown” media highlight reel

Hot Air - 1 hour 24 min ago

As promised last night, we will eventually get bored with laughing at Chuck Schumer for lighting an exploding cigar for himself and his caucus.

Just not yet.

Kudos to David Rutz and the Free Beacon for some of their finest editing ever here. They faced a challenging dilemma: Given the sheer volume of footage of po-faced reporters and harrumphing progressives lamenting the Democratic capitulation, how do you choose just two minutes of video for a highlight reel? (Rutz went the extra mile by splicing in erstwhile Schumer mouthpiece Jimmy Kimmel mourning yesterday’s big cave.) Even Schumer’s own caucus couldn’t be bothered to put on a happy face for reporters, choosing to grumble to them anonymously instead:

“We went in with a very weak set of cards, with [25] people up for reelection,” said one Democratic senator, one of several lawmakers who requested anonymity to assess Schumer’s performance frankly…

A third Democratic senator said it was an unwinnable battle from the start because the GOP funding measures included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a top Democratic priority.

“You can’t win. McConnell used craven politics by pitting one group of children versus another,” the third lawmaker said.

Tying a funding bill to a long-term CHIP extension was one smart play by Republicans to apply pressure to Democrats. Another smart play was keeping Trump out of the fray of negotiations. POTUS “was tempted by Schumer’s offer to provide wall funding and increase defense spending,” according to WaPo, but he was smart enough to listen to McConnell and Paul Ryan when they advised him that Democrats were in a jam and likely to buckle. The polling was more complicated than the public knew, too. Three different national polls showed Republicans would be blamed for a shutdown, but (a) the public’s memory about these things tends to be short and (b) the polling in red states, where numerous vulnerable Democrats are facing reelection this year, was different.

A survey of red-state voters conducted last month by the Senate Majority PAC, which aims to elect Democrats to the Senate, showed that 48 percent of respondents would blame them for a shutdown, compared with 39 percent who said the fault would lie with Trump and the Republicans.

Other Democrats also felt uncomfortable with the shutdown being defined purely as an exercise to address the concerns of the dreamers.

It’d be a cold comfort to Democrats this fall to know that most of the country thought the GOP was to blame if Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, and Heidi Heitkamp got punted out of the Senate because red-staters saw things differently. On the other hand:

CNN’s pre-shutdown poll on that same subject looked different, and obviously a trend towards Democrats nationally as the shutdown wore on wouldn’t have necessarily solved their red-state problem. But if you’re a liberal angry at Schumer for caving, there’s another reason for you to be angry. If only he’d held out a little bit longer…

In lieu of an exit question, read Matt Fuller of HuffPost arguing that the Democratic “cave” isn’t nearly as bad as disappointed progressives and reporters (but I repeat myself) are making it out to be. In the end, what did Schumer give up? He lost some face but he gets another crack at this in three weeks and this time he has a promise, sort of, from McConnell to hold a vote on a DACA fix before then. If Schumer’s lost anything, it’s a bit of his freedom to maneuver: Having caved once and been pummeled for it, he can’t do it again next month. If Trump and McConnell drive another hard bargain, he’ll be forced to roll the dice on a more extended shutdown and hope that the next exploding cigar doesn’t cause a much bigger boom.

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AT&T Suspends Its USA Gymnastics Sponsorship Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

Newsy - 1 hour 25 min ago

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AT&T has suspended its sponsorship of USA Gymnastics in the wake of sexual abuse allegations involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

The company said in a statement it's pulling out of the deal with the organization "until it is re-built and we know that the athletes are in a safe environment."

Late last year, several major companies — including Kellogg's, Hershey's and Under Armour — also decided not to renew their partnerships with USA Gymnastics.

Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women and girls, including Olympic gymnasts Aly RaismanMcKayla MaroneyGabby Douglas and Simone Biles.

Swiss highway is shut after huge mudslide in the Alps

Daily Mail - 1 hour 28 min ago
Record snowfall is causing havoc in the Alps and disrupting the World Economic Forum in Davos. The risk of avalanche is now so high that Donald Trump may not be allowed to land.

O’Keefe Tears into Twitter Censorship

Info Wars - 1 hour 30 min ago
Project Veritas' new book proclaims MSM as America’s “PRAVDA”

1 killed, 7 taken to hospitals after Kentucky high school shooting (CNN)

Memeorandum - 1 hour 31 min ago

1 killed, 7 taken to hospitals after Kentucky high school shooting  —  (CNN)At least one person was killed in a shooting Tuesday at a Kentucky high school, Gov. Matt Bevin said.  —  “Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS ... Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded,” Bevin tweeted.

Mueller's office questioned Sessions in Russia investigation (Ariane de Vogue/CNN)

Memeorandum - 1 hour 31 min ago

Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Mueller's office questioned Sessions in Russia investigation  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by special counsel Robert Mueller's office as part of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the election …

Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox

Daily Mail - 1 hour 33 min ago
Twelve camels have been ejected from the beauty pageant at the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia after their owners used Botox to make them more handsome.

WH Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley: Graham-Durbin Bill Made Immigration Problems Worse

RealClear - 1 hour 33 min ago
White House deputy press secretary speaks to Laura Ingraham on FNC's 'The Ingraham Angle'about the fate of U.S. immigration policy after the president rejected the Lindsey Graham-Dick Durbin compromise bill. HOGAN GIDLEY: The Graham-Durbin bill didn't cover any of those things the president outlined that he wanted, in fact, it made the situation worse. It increased illegal immigration, it granted amnesty to upwards fo eight million people, it did not fund the wall, and it kept chain migration going... The Migration Policy Institute says we have about 3.25 million people here that are DREAMers and DACA recipients. Graham and Durbin, also in the bill, wanted their parents to receive three years in the country, and then once they were all here, they gave them the right for chain migration as well. So you're talking about 8-10 million people by the time it was all done, it was absolutely incredible.

Anxiety and depression sufferers share their stories

Daily Mail - 1 hour 34 min ago
Justin Bullock (left) and Mary Tellers (right) are among a group of people aged 18 to 80 who opened up about their mental health issues as part of a new book based on their testimonies.

Fur and fury at 40,000 feet as more people bring animals on planes (Karin Brulliard/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 1 hour 36 min ago

Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Fur and fury at 40,000 feet as more people bring animals on planes  —  When Marlin Jackson arrived at his row on a Delta flight from Atlanta to San Diego in June, the middle seat was already occupied by a man with a sizable dog on his lap.  Jackson squeezed by them to his window seat, and the Labrador mix lunged at his face.

Graphic shows where regimes have taken away freedoms

Daily Mail - 1 hour 36 min ago
The annual Freedom in the World report ranks nations according to civil liberties and political rights with each country placed in one of three categories: 'Free', 'Partly free' and 'not free'.

Swedish journalist Kim Wall 'tortured before sub murder'

Daily Mail - 1 hour 37 min ago
Peter Madsen, 46, is accused of tying up and torturing journalist Kim Wall before either slitting her throat or strangling her during the maiden voyage of his submarine in Copenhagen last year.

Margot Robbie scores Oscar nomination for I, Tonya

Daily Mail - 1 hour 41 min ago
Margot Robbie has been nominated for an Oscar , for her role in I, Tonya.

The Trump evangelicals have lost their gag reflex (Michael Gerson/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 1 hour 41 min ago

Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump evangelicals have lost their gag reflex  —  The Rev. Billy Graham has been one of the most visible, respected and influential Christians in the world since the 1950s.  But he often had a blind spot when it came to politics.  Graham was President Richard Nixon's golfing buddy and spiritual adviser.

2 Women Made History With Their 2018 Oscar Nominations

Newsy - 1 hour 42 min ago

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Greta Gerwig can now add "Oscar-nominated director" to her resume.

She scored the nomination Tuesday morning for her work behind the camera on "Lady Bird," a coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl who has a tense relationship with her mother.

Even more impressive is Gerwig is only the fifth woman ever nominated for this Academy Awards category — and this year marks the 90th year of the awards show.

The last woman to be nominated was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for her work on "The Hurt Locker." She also happens to be the only female director to ever win.

SEE MORE: An Oscar Contender's Reviews Are So Good, They Broke A Record

Besides Gerwig's nomination, the film "Lady Bird" also got nominations for best actress, best supporting actress, best original screenplay and best picture.

Another woman made Oscars history Tuesday. Rachel Morrison's work on "Mudbound" made her the first woman to be nominated for cinematography.

Rep. Ron DeSantis: I Don't Believe The FBI; Text Messages Don't Just Disappear

RealClear - 1 hour 43 min ago
REP. RON DESANTIS: We need to find out where the actual devices are that Page and Strzok utilized. There's no reason they shouldn't be produced. We need an answer on that. And even if there was some type of glitch the idea that these text messages disappear, that is not the way it works with modern technology. I don't buy this explanation. We need more. Think about this too. If the FBI were investigating any one of your listeners and they said, "Oh, documents magically deleted,' or whatever the FBI was looking for magically deleted. Do you think for one minute that they would be able to get away with it? So similar to the IRS you can't have a situation where a powerful government agency gets to live under a lower standard." 'And what a critical time period in this whole investigation -- think about it -- the Trump transition, that was when the discredited dossier was produced for the first time and published by the news media. It was also Trump's early days in the White House, when Mike Flynn was interviewed. Are you telling me they weren't saying all kinds of stuff in those 50,000 messages?


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