The big story…
It’s that time of year again — bowl game season. Although a lot of bowl games have already taken place, there’s a lot more to go. Here’s where you can find the schedule of all the games, and here’s how to watch them. We’re most excited for the Orange Bowl (Alabama vs. Oklahoma) and the Camping World Bowl (Syracuse vs. West Virginia). What teams are you rooting for?
In the White House…
President Trump participated in a time-honored tradition of visiting troops in a conflict area, with a secret trip to Iraq the day after Christmas. In Iraq, Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, while allowing a U.S. presence to remain in Iraq, citing the continuing existence of IS militants in the country.
In the sixth day of the partial government shutdown, the Senate will reconvene to continue the debate over $5 billion in funding for a border wall demanded by the White House. There are no votes scheduled for this afternoon, meaning that the shutdown will most likely continue until Friday, probably longer, leaving 380,000 federal workers furloughed and 420,000 working without pay. With a new Congressional term beginning on Jan. 3, there’s no telling how long the shutdown could last.
An extreme heat wave is hitting Australia during the country’s summer months.
In world records…
33-year-old American Colin O’Brady has become the first person to complete a solo trip across Antarctica. It took O’Brady 53 days to traverse 932 miles across the continent, finishing the trip with a final 32-hour push.
Miley Cyrus and her longtime boyfriend/fiancé Liam Hemsworth tied the knot over the weekend in a secret wedding. BRB while we go cry and watch The Last Song for the millionth time.
Last but not least…
We’ve had a lot of cool content on CMN this year, so we took a minute to look through our most-read content of 2018 — here are the top ten stories.
Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by the CMN Staff. We’re taking a break for the next few days to get ready for the new year, and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled Morning Scoop programming on Jan. 2. So since we won’t be seeing you until 2019, happy New Year from the CMN Staff!
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