Did Trump Try to Fire Robert Mueller?

The New York Times is reporting that President Trump was on the verge of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but changed his plans after White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign if he went through with it.

The president quickly responded, calling those reports "Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories.” The newspaper reported that Trump felt Mueller would not be impartial due to a dispute over unpaid fees at a Trump-owned golf club and that Mueller's work with the same law firm that represented Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner amounted to a conflict of interest.

President Trump has agreed to answer questions from Mueller under oath, which is shaping up to be a defining moment of his presidency. Some observers point to Trump's desire to fire Mueller as more evidence of a coverup into his ties to Russia and the 2016 election.

Harvard's Hasty Pudding To Allow Women

America's oldest college theatrical troupe, Harvard's revered Hasty Pudding, announced yesterday it will allow women to join its cast for the first time in its 223-year existence. The group has faced repeated calls to make the change from students and faculty.

“The Hasty Pudding welcomes women to audition and to give equal opportunity to play those roles based on the quality of their individual talents,” Pudding president Amira Weeks said in a statement. “While we have great respect for the art form as it’s been presented by the Pudding for over 170 years, the world is in a very different place. We are very proud to take this organization forward as a leader in women’s rights and gender equality.”

The announcement came at the start of a ceremony honoring actor Mila Kunis. Get more details here.

Today in a Tweet

Twitter is pointing out that America got a female Colonel Sanders before a female president.
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Burger King Has Some Fun With Net Neutrality

Burger King decided to simplify the (admittedly confusing) debate around net neutrality with a prank using a topic most of us can relate to: ordering fast food.
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Uhh.... I just wanted some onion rings? (Image: YouTube/Burger King)

BK's approach to creating a metaphor that linked fast food and net neutrality was to create different prices for the same product, the Whopper. The amount you paid dictated the level at which the workers would prioritize your service.

CMN's Arianna Lynne has video of pretty confused customers in her full report.

ICMYI: Steve Bannon Speaking Invitation Sparks Protests at the University of Chicago

A group of University of Chicago students and faculty gathered yesterday to protest the decision to invite Steve Bannon on campus to speak.

Although a date was not set, some professors and students insist that Bannon’s appearance will give “bigoted rhetoric legitimacy,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Carla Loebenstein rounds up the situation for CMN right here.

Last But Not Least: The University of Akron Is Getting Rid of Friday Classes

The University of Akron is planning to limit its academic calendar to Monday through Thursday next fall, leaving Friday open for students to participate in what a university news release called “practical, career-focused experiences.”

Which probably does not include sleeping in because you were out really late on Thursday night. Get more details on this groundbreaking move in CMN's report.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Arianna Lynne, Carla Loebenstein, and the CMN Staff. Good news: it's Friday. Bad news: The Super Bowl is NEXT weekend.