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The former governor of Michigan and Interim President of MSU John Engler has resigned. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story…

MSU President Resigns Following Comments About Nassar’s Victims

Michigan State University interim President John Engler resigned Wednesday after he claimed that the victims of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastic sports doctor Larry Nasser were “enjoying” the spotlight. Engler’s firing comes a year after the sentencing hearing of Nassar began in which more than 150 victims testified, describing the sexual abuse crimes Nassar committed against them. A judge handed Nassar a sentence of up to 175 years in prison.

Engler delivered his 11-page resignation letter highlighting his accomplishments as Interim President over the last year, including giving students access to 24-hour counseling services. Although on paper Engler’s work as President over the last year seems admirable, he was never a favorite among many faculty and students.


In global news…

ISIS Commits Deadly Attack in Syria While U.S. Troops Pull Out

Yesterday ISIS orchestrated a deadly attack in Syria killing 14 people including 4 Americans. This leaves the U.S. in an awkward place as American troops are pulling out of the country citing President Trump’s decree that ISIS has been defeated. 


In Brexit…

PM Theresa May Survives Confidence Vote (Barely)

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived her second no confidence vote of the Brexit process on Wednesday. Since the PM’s Brexit deal was rejected earlier this week, several parties are calling for a second Brexit referendum where Parliament asks the people whether they still want to leave the EU.


In politics…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Uninvited Trump to the State of the Union Address

Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump uninviting him to deliver the State of the Union address set for Jan. 29, citing security concerns due to the shutdown. It’s part of presidential protocol that Trump needs to be invited to give the address, so the White House is now deciding whether to reschedule. 


In film…

‘Ghostbusters 2’ Teaser Trailer Released

There’ll be something strange in the neighborhood again in thesummer of 2020 when Ghostbusters 2 is released. 


In tech…

The Motorola Razr Is Coming Back With a Huge Price Tag

As soon as next month you’ll be able to buy a rebooted Razr (TBT, am I right?) with a foldable screen for a whopping $1500.


Also in tech…

Data Breach Leaks 22 Million Passwords

A link to Cloud storage of 22 million unique passwords and 772 million email addresses was posted to a hacking forum. Translation: Time to change your password — again.


Trending today…

#10YearChallenge

The only #10YearChallenge we care about.


Last but not least…

CMN Vibes: Hitting the Gym

Here’s a playlist by CMN writer Deni Wray for getting sweaty this winter. P.S. Please consult a doctor before listening to these body-rocking tunes.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoDeni Wray, and the CMN Staff. The world’s loneliest frog may have found his one true love. 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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