Your Saturday Briefing

Good evening. Here’s today’s briefing.

  1. The shutdown of the US Federal Government ended yesterday, as President Donald Trump conceded to Democrats and gave up on funding for his border wall after his approval ratings plummeted. However, Trump has signaled that if Democrats can’t come to an agreement again by mid-February, he would shutdown the federal government once again.
  2. The teacher’s strike in Denver, Colorado, continues as tensions flare between the school district board and the teachers on strike. The school district board reportedly threatened to call immigration officials on the teachers.
  3. Rescuers in Spain found the body of a two-year old boy who was missing. The case had garnered international attention.
  4. The dam of a mine broke in Brazil and there are at least 50 dead and 300 missing.
  5. BuzzFeed will let go of 15% of it’s workforce (approximately 200 people).
  6. Roger Stone, the infamous Republican operative, was arrested in Florida yesterday but later released on $250,000 bail.
  7. President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen declared his intentions to postpone his testimony before Congress on Thursday. He was subpoenaed in response yesterday.
  8. The situation in Venezuela surrounding a revolution to topple it’s dictator Nicolas Maduro failing and the opposition leader Juan Guaidó‘s declaration that he is now the president continues.
  9. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a statement saying “what does Putin have on the President [Donald Trump] politically, personally, or financially?”.
  10. The Doomsday Clock, which is a clock meant to show how close the human race is to Armageddon based on world events, has the world at two minutes away from doomsday. The clock’s time is decided by a panel of scientists and academics.

Your briefing will be updated throughout the day as stories develop.

Today’s town to visit (at least virtually if you’re not in Spain) is Pamplona, Spain.


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