Sitting in. Voting through. Running out. It’s Thursday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicated interest in questioning President Donald Trump about his dismissals of former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The sources cautioned against presuming the President would sit down with Mueller in the next few weeks, saying there is still much to be negotiated.
2. President Trump
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. North Korea
They’re planning prayer vigils today at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky after a shooter killed two students and wounded 16 others. The suspected gunman is a 15-year-old male student who was nabbed on the scene. He’ll probably be charged as an adult on murder and attempted murder charges. Shocked students described utter chaos as gunfire broke out in the school’s commons area right before classes started. Some kids jumped fences and ran into the woods for safety.
4. North Korea
What does Kim Jong Un really want? CIA Director Mike Pompeo thinks the North Korean leader is developing nukes for more than just preserving his regime. Pompeo says Kim’s ultimate goal is to take over the entire Korean Peninsula, and he’s prepared to use both nuclear weapons and conventional military forces to do it. So could the US do a limited military strike to stop him without risking a full-scale war? Pompeo wouldn’t answer that, but President Trump has said in the past that all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with North Korea.
5. Salmonella outbreak
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