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The big story…
As the partial government shutdown enters its 13th day, a new Congress will be sworn in. Nancy Pelosi is set to become Speaker of the House, and a record number of women and minorities will be taking office, including the first Native American women, first Muslim women, and first Latinas to serve in Congress. Although the White House shows no sign of budging on the funding for the border wall, Democrats plan to push for the reopening of the government.
Mitt Romney has written an op-ed for the Washington Post criticizing the president’s character and pointedly calling his policies misguided. Trump fired back saying Romney should be more of a team player. Many people don’t know what to make of Romney’s apparent turn on his own party, but the one thing we know for sure is that the politician will not be seeking presidential election in 2020.
In standardized testing…
Kamilah Campbell, a senior at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School, is fighting to have her SAT scores released after the testing service deemed them invalid. After receiving a 900 on her first test attempt, Campbell decided to make an effort to improve her score. The senior says that she spent months studying, working with tutors, and even taking an online SAT prep course before retaking the test. The second time she scored a 1230.
According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Campbell’s 300-plus point increase is suspicious. Read more in Tamia Heard’s report from CMN.
China has reportedly landed the spacecraft Chang’e-4 on the dark side of the moon. As the first successful mission to do so, the probe will be the first to explore and report from that side of the moon.
Netflix will pull an episode of Hasan Minaj’s show “Patriot Act” in Saudi Arabia as it contains criticism of the crown prince’s role in the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The comedian responded to Netflix’s decision via Twitter: “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube.”
In pop culture…
Power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have announced that they’re expecting their fourth child via surrogate.
Last but not least…
We’re starting the new year right: beginning with music. A new year brings change and excitement, especially in the music industry. Read the three things coming your way this year in Cody Ayres report for CMN.
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