So far, 2018 is proving just as chaotic as 2017 for Trump administration


It hasn't been a very happy new year for President Trump.

A new book detailing a fearful and dysfunctional White House. An investigation into ties with Russia. A war of words with North Korea's leader. 2018 has been closer to a hot mess than a fresh start for President Trump's administration.

Micheal Wolff's forthcoming Fire and Fury, over which the president's legal team has filed a cease and desist order, has had its on-sale date moved up to today. Excerpts from that book caused Trump to issue a blistering statement against his former chief adviser Steve Bannon earlier this week.

If that isn't enough, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said yesterday that he was ending the policy that allows legalized marijuana to flourish in states, a move that will likely cause significant backlash in California, where weed just became legal.

We can't wait for the State of the Union address on January 30.

It's so cold, Iguanas are falling from trees

When the temperature drops, iguanas stop. And if they happen to be in tree, they just fall to the ground. It's been so cold in Florida recently, that's exactly what's happening.

Yesterday in Boca Raton, Florida, Frank Cerabino, a columnist for the Palm Beach Post, saw what appeared to be a "frozen iguana" on the edge of his pool.

"Green iguanas, like all reptiles, are coldblooded animals, so they become immobile when the temperature falls to a certain level. Under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, they become sluggish. Under 40 degrees, their blood stops moving as much," Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Washington Post.

Here's what it looks like when a frozen iguana falls from a tree.

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But we probably won't re-read this book as much as Harry Potter.

'Jeopardy' host on leave after brain surgery

Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy!" host of over 27 years, underwent brain surgery last month to remove blood clots and is now taking medical leave from hosting the show.

In mid-December, Trebek was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, a complication from taking a bad fall a couple months earlier. The following day, he had an operation to fix the problem and has been in recovery since then.

"The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon!" Trebek said in a video posted to the game show's website.

More Ivy professors are out following sexual misconduct allegations

In this week's Inside the Ivy, Natalia Kolenko rounds up news of Harvard and Columbia professors who are no longer with their respective universities. And there is a fond farewell for a longtime Yale coach who passed on this week.

Read Inside the Ivy.

Last But Not Least: President Trump will attend College Football Championship game

President Trump is expected to attend the college football national championship game in Atlanta on Monday, where the University of Georgia will take on the University of Alabama.

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar will also be preforming a Super Bowl-style halftime show, the first year the college football national championship game will include halftime entertainment. That could make for some interesting banter, for sure.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Gigi Foster and the CMN Staff. This is probably the final weekend of winter break, so celebrate while you can.