Vote + Shutdown = Long Night on Capitol Hill

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Rand Paul on the Senate floor early this morning. (Image: CNN video)

The House and Senate earned their paychecks for once, working into the early hours of this morning to pass a sweeping budget deal in negotiations that, for awhile, shut the U.S. government down for the second time this year.

Senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who was harshly criticized by his fellow Republicans for delaying an inevitable passage vote in the Senate and causing a shutdown. Hours after the midnight deadline, the Senate voted 71-28 to approve a two-year budget deal.

The House passed the bill with relative ease, a 240-186 vote. After more than seven hours of Government Shutdown II, President Trump signed the bill into law early this morning.

What was left unresolved, however, was a decision on immigration: the fate of DACA and Dreamers still hang in the balance. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has promised to work with Speaker Paul Ryan to vote on a pending bill soon.

Spectacle, Controversy Mark Olympic Opening Ceremony

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang kicked into high gear today, with an eye-popping opening ceremony that began around 6am East Coast time this morning.

There was plenty of K-Pop too much "Gangnam Style" TBH — but the bigger news was the North and South Korean teams entering together in a show of athletic unity. On the political side of things, Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the ceremony. Anti-North Korean protesters scuffled with police outside the stadium in the hours before the ceremony.

U.S. speed skater Shani Davis ignited some controversy after he lost a coin toss to be our country's flag bearer. He tweeted: " dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022.

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Westminster College Has 18 Athletes at the Winter Olympics

Sure, Westminster College in Utah is an official partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for competitive skiing and snowboarding, but it’s still kind of amazing how many of their students end up representing the United States in the Olympic Games.

This year, 18 U.S. Ski & Snowboard student-athletes will compete for Team USA in South Korea, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. The athletes are from a diverse selection of grade levels and majors—from juniors to first-years, art majors to finance majors.

CMN's Deniz Sahinturk has the full story of this Olympic college.

Last But Not Least: New York Lawmakers Push for Tide to Make Tide Pods Less Appetizing

New York lawmakers Aravella Simotas and Brad Hoylman proposed a bill that urges detergent makers Tide to switch their Pod product to a less appealing design in the wake of the Tide Pod Challenge.

The bill proposes that the detergent packets should be “designed in an opaque, uniform color that is not attractive to children and is not easily permeated by a child’s bite.” The bill also mandates that every package of liquid detergent packets should contain a warning label that details the dangers of consuming the product.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Deniz Sahinturk, Arianna Lynne and the CMN Staff. Who's up for ordering takeout and watching 10 hours of curling?
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