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Some reports say that the president is preparing to declare a national emergency over the border wall. (image: Unsplash)

The big story…

Trump to Declare National Emergency Over Border Wall

Yesterday, the Senate rejected two bills that would have ended the shutdown, one a Democratic plan and the other a Republican. Meanwhile, many federal workers are missing their second paycheck and some colleges are thinking about postponing tuition payments. Since it’s the 36th day of the shutdown, and the president is apparently no closer to funding a border wall, Trump is reportedly preparing for plan B: to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to fund the wall without Congressional support.

In politics…

Trump Aid Roger Stone Arrested 

Roger Stone has been arrested by the FBI following allegations of lying and obstruction of justice. These allegations go back to when Stone was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee during their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In music…

Rapper Cardi B Feuds with Conservative Tomi Lahren on Twitter Over Government Shutdown

Rapper and hip-hop artist Cardi B recently got into a Twitter spar online between conservative commentator Tomi Lahren over the shutdown of the U.S. federal government. It all started when the Grammy-nominated Bronx artist, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, took to her Instagram account and make a video criticizing the Trump administration over the government shutdown as well as federal workers not getting paid and said that “our country is in a hellhole right now. All for a wall.” Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

In TV…

Let’s Start Separating Penn Badgley from Joe Goldberg

Following the life of a twenty-something bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a customer (and ya know, kills some people so nothing gets in between them), this show is sure to give you the creeps. However, despite its uncomfortable nature, fans can’t stop watching. In fact, fans seem to be falling in love with Joe Goldberg— and Badgley’s reaction is hilarious. Read more in Lindsay Wigo’s report for CMN.

Also in music…

Chris Brown Released After Rape Accusation in Paris

On Tuesday, January 22, R&B singer Chris Brown was released with no charges being filed after being detained on rape accusations in Paris. Paris police questioned Brown, 29, after taking him into custody on Monday on charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions. After he was released, Brown took to Instagram and said in a message that the accusations were false. Read more in Charlotte Kohlberg’s report for CMN.

In sports…

NFL Recap 2018

The 2018 NFL season ushered in new records offensively from some of the youngest stars in the NFL, brought us incomprehensible new rules regarding tackling the quarterback, and has lined up a Super Bowl showcasing new school vs. old school styles of play. Here are the top ten storylines around the league heading into the offseason. Read more in Tom Spurling’s report for CMN.

Trending today…


Last but not least…

Reflecting on the Women’s March

Last weekend, women across America joined with their fellow activists to participate in the third annual Women’s March. When I first heard about the march when one of my Facebook friends claimed interest in the event, I was excited — to say the least. I was going to have the cleverest sign and wear my bright pink rain coat that would be perfect for a feminist event. But as I wrote “Fight like a girl” on my shirt the morning of the march, I thought, what does it actually mean to fight like a girl? What are we fighting for? Read more in Courtney Good’s piece for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Charlotte KohlbergLindsay WigoDuane Paul MurphyTom SpurlingCourtney Good, and the CMN Staff. Guess what throwback boy band is back? Backstreet’s back alright with their new album DNA. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.


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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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