Ready, set, GO-P:
Raise your hands if you picked Marco Rubio to place a strong 3rd in Iowa. Put 'em down, you liars. The Donald came in 2nd, but only by a point. Ted Cruz got the winner's trophy. And the Republican race just got interesting
Democratic dead heat:
Clinton claimed victory in Iowa. Yet it feels like a win for Bernie Sanders
. The slimmest of margins
separates the two. Déjà vu of 2008
, anyone? Expect Rolaids on the Clinton campaign breakfast menu.
Culling the herd:
Democrat Martin O'Malley and Republican Mike Huckabee are suspending their campaigns
. That's political code for quitting (unless a meteor takes out the frontrunners).
IOWA CAUCUS -- THE LIGHTER SIDE
: It seems 2nd place tames the tongue of The Donald. Trump was, dare we say, gracious in his concession speech
? And he only talked for about four minutes. He's a favorite in NH; so don't get used to it.
Move over Left Shark
: When Peter Clinkscales stood behind Hilz, plastered in stickers and looking like a cow chewing cud
, he made America great again.
: His strong 3rd place finish has Marco Rubio clicking his heels. It's sweet revenge after folks in Iowa mocked his high-heeled booties
: After placing a distant 4th, Ben Carson headed home because he needs a "fresh set of clothes
." Too bad there aren't dry cleaners in NH.
Well, that escalated quickly
: A couple of years ago, none of us had even heard of the Zika virus. Now it's Public Enemy No. 1. Yesterday, the WHO made Zika a "health emergency of international concern."
It's spreading explosively with as many as 4 million infections possible in the next year in the Americas alone. For most of us, it's not a big deal. But for pregnant women, it's a REALLY BIG DEAL. Zika appears to be connected with a spike in babies born with abnormally small heads
. Did we mention there's no vaccine?
SYRIA CIVIL WAR
I'm not talking to you
: The Syria peace talks are more like a game of Chinese whispers
than real diplomacy. The two sides aren't even meeting face to face. They're passing messages through a U.N. special envoy
. The ultimate goal is a cease-fire, but short term it's just to keep them talking. The brutal civil war is nearly five-years-old. Just getting the two sides to agree to negotiate is a major accomplishment. #SmallVictories
CALIFORNIA JAIL BREAK
Live and let live
: The three inmates who broke out of a Southern California jail are back behind bars
. But they weren't exactly model citizens while on the lam. You know the saying 'idle hands are the devil's workshop?' Apparently, so are busy ones. The trio stole a van, tried to change their looks, kidnapped a cabbie and then fought over whether to kill him. He's still alive, so they made one good decision at least. Here's the timeline
, from the mundane to the menacing.
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Quote of the day:
"I think I might come back here and buy a farm."
, in his concession speech in Iowa
. Next, he'll say Old McDonald Had a Farm is about him.
NFL's new $450 million deal
with NBC and CBS for "Thursday Night Football" works out to about $45 million a game. Who said it was free TV?
Getting out of AjAm
If you're a journalist staring down unemployment, what do you do? If you're at soon-to-shut-down Al Jazeera America, you start a website
From the Street to the Valley
Big Bird and Elmo want a piece of that tech action: "Sesame Street" is starting a venture capital arm
Cop's best friend
A retiring Ohio police officer will get to keep his K-9 partner
after all. Thanks social media!
Number of the day
The number of Americans in Saudi jails
, after 4 were detained last week. The Saudis haven't said exactly what they're charged with. So much for cooperation between allies, huh?
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
Here's what's happening today.
Is there enough evidence to move forward in the Bill Cosby sex assault criminal case? A hearing will look at that
later this morning.
AND FINALLY ...
Watch him whip, watch him nae nae
A Colorado sheriff's deputy busts some serious moves inside an elevator to celebrate his retirement.