It’s Monday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
2. Tax reform
The end of the government shutdown finds Republicans and Democrats moving even further apart on immigration. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer withdrew an offer that would have approved funding for President Trump’s border wall. And the White House indicates it wants more than just the wall and additional resources on the Southern border in exchange for a DACA fix. It wants Homeland Security to have more power to remove undocumented immigrants. These changes in positioning risk losing the support of very conservative and very liberal lawmakers. Which means we’ll probably be facing another immigration-fueled shutdown come February 8.
3. Sanctuary cities
Simone Biles says #MeToo. The Olympic gymnast, who won four gold medals at the Rio Games, took to Twitter to accuse USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexually abusing her. Nassar will be sentenced today after he pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct and admitted that he used his position as a trusted medical professional to sexually abuse young girls. More than 140 female athletes, including members of the gold medal-winning “Fierce Five” team from the 2012 London Games, have accused Nassar of abuse. Biles called out USA Gymnastics, saying it allowed Nassar to abuse girls for years. She also said what happened was not her fault: “I will not and should not carry the guilt.”
4. Hawaii false alarm
Hawaii is suspending nuclear warning siren tests while it investigates just how the heck a false emergency missile alert inadvertently got sent out. The alert created instant chaos Saturday morning in Hawaii, where residents and tourists had been told they’d have less than 20 minutes to find shelter if North Korea launched a missile attack. Terrified people shared what they thought were their final good-byes to loved ones via text messages. The state says an employee hit a wrong button, but everybody, from President Trump on down, wants a more thorough explanation.
5. Frankfurt evacuation
Aetna is being investigated by California’s insurance commissioner after one of its former medical director made a shocking admission under oath in a deposition: he never looked at patient records when deciding whether to OK or deny care. CNN showed California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones a transcript of the testimony, and he wants to know if this is a widespread practice at Aetna.
OPENING CEREMONY: About 35,000 fans will fill the Olympic stadium as the torch is lit this morning on the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The moment everyone’s waiting for will be the entrance of the North and South Korean teams, marching under the Korean Unification Flag.
SPORTING ACTION: No gold medals can be won today, but American Nathan Chen, a favorite to claim gold in the men’s individual figure skating competition, takes to the ice. There’s also the opening round of mixed doubles curling and the qualification rounds of the men’s and women’s moguls in freestyle skiing.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
’I can only say that in the slow waning of my physical forces, inwardly I am on a pilgrimage toward Home.’
That’s how many points the Dow dropped yesterday, the second-worst point drop in history (see: Monday). The stock market is officially in correction territory now, off 10% from its record high just two weeks ago.
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Not quite ‘Armageddon’
Games people play
Some of the more obscure Winter Olympic sports get underway today. Be an expert in them in less than five minutes. Guaranteed!
What a deal
The San Francisco 49ers just signed Jimmy Garoppolo to the biggest deal in NFL history, and the rest of the league’s QBs are on the phone with their agents.
We’re getting new emojis this year, including a partying face and a “cold” face, but the buzz is all about the one for redheads.
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH
The podcast we’re listening to next …
“Patty Has a Gun: The Life and Crimes of Patricia Hearst.” It’s one of America’s most bizarre crimes, and CNN’s Brian Stelter and Jeffrey Toobin are revisiting the case’s epic details. For more on the saga, don’t miss CNN’s docuseries, “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst,” premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
’These men think they are untouchable, but times are changing.’
Model Kate Upton, opening up about her harassment allegations against Guess co-founder Paul Marciano
Actor John Mahoney, who died this week at 77, was best known for his role in what show?
A. “That ‘70s Show”
C. “I Love Lucy”
D. “The Twilight Zone”
Play Total Recall: The CNN news quiz to see if you’re right.
The walking LEGOs