Senate, House pass three-week spending bill, DACA showdown looms


President Trump called the short-term spending bill "a big win" for Republicans (Image: White House)

President Trump signed a bill last night ending the three day government shutdown and restoring operating funds until February 8.

CNN reports, “The House and the Senate voted Monday to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration.” The House passed the resolution with a 266 – 159 vote before sending it to the president's desk.

He took to his most trusted form of communication (aka Twitter) shortly before midnight to say that the deal was a "Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown. Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table!"

Read more on the three-day shutdown saga in CMN's report.

And the nominees are...

It's Oscar Tuesday in Hollywood, the one day the whole town wakes up early. The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards Show, scheduled for March 4, have been announced and The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seem poised to have potentially big nights.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Sally Hawkins (Water) and Frances McDormand (Billboards) are nominated for Best Actress.

Water's Guillermo del Toro is up for Best Director and Octavia Spencer got a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in the film. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are both up for Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Three Billboards.

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Expect Twitter to be talking Oscars all day, too.
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There are a ton of rats in Paris right now

This isn't the setup for a bad joke, Paris has found itself in the midst of a rat infestation. The rat population on the banks of the Seine seems to have reached frightening levels.

Caused partially by the river's record flooding and partially by an apparent immunity to poison, the rats have come to the surface and multiplied. Experts hypothesize that there are about two rats in the city per every Parisian, equivalent to about 4.4 million rats in the inner city alone — each rat has the potential host of upwards of a dozen parasites.

If you're not too grossed out, read more on the problem in CMN's report.

Last But Not Least: Amazon Go opens in Seattle

Has the future of shopping arrived in Seattle?

Amazon opened the doors of its cashier-less, previously exclusive Amazon Go mini-mart to the public yesterday and lines to get in stretched around the block. CMN's Erin Whitten gave us the lowdown in this news brief.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko, Natalie Riopelle and the CMN Staff. Did you see any Oscar-nominated movies or did you spend all your time binge-watching back episodes of 'Parks and Rec?'