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HEADLINER – Friday Feb. 9
All About The Shutdown. Though a brief shutdown happened, in part thanks to Rand Paul, a new deal has been reached and signed. Ok so what did Rand Paul have to with the brief shutdown? Paul delayed the vote past midnight to complain about the budget deficit’s hypocrisy. The partial shutdown then began just after midnight Friday morning as the government ran out of money when the latest short-term spending bill expired without Congress passing a new one. A new bill has now been signed by president Trump for 2 years. The two-year spending pact will let lawmakers spend $300 billion more than current law allows….Read more
• The 2018 Winter Olympics is now underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony began 5 a.m. CST and can be seen on NBC. There’s a bit of controversy for team USA to start. The flag-bearer for team USA is Erin Hamlin who won a coin toss tie between Shani Davis, who boycotted the opening ceremony for the coin toss he called “dishonorably.” Nigeria’s woman bobsled team, making its first winter olympic debut, are one of the must watch moments.
• In Chicago news: The winter weather advisory is in effect and CPS has closed school for Friday and hundreds of flights cancelled. You might even spot a few dibs chairs created by local artists on the street and they are up for charity. Bill Zwecker is out at the Sun Times. The Chicago Auto Show will begin Saturday at Mccormick place.
• The Rob Porter resignation which was precipitated by previous claims of domestic abuse by two ex wives, is the latest saga in the White House. Following strong support from WH Chief of Staff John Kelly, Porter resigned and now the ire is on Kelly. According to The Hill, has suffered a serious blow to his standing from the bungled resignation of staff secretary Rob Porter and now the “knives are out for him.”
• Vanity fair has Anthony Scaramucci, Wall Street hedge-fund impresario and one time WH Press secretary, for 10 days, account of his time at the White House.
• Omarosa is already cranking up the dra.ma on ‘Celebrity Big Brother.’ The former White House aide, who was indeed fired, spilled some tea (or was it staged) about her time at the White House she also said she would never vote for Donald Trump again. Elton John has cancelled 2 Las Vegas gigs on the same weekend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed prompting speculation that he might be attendance or even perform. Catt Sadler is talking about her time since departing from E! News.
• Luxury fashion brand Bally has a new owner in the form of Chinese textile and apparel producer Shandong Ruyi Group. The group will buy a majority stake in Bally from its parent JAB Holding, who will retain a minority interest. China accounts for half of Bally’s revenue. Tom Ford’s fashion show at the Armory Thursday night featured a front row filled with celeb offsprings though that did not distract from the presentation, which was called an eighties flashback show. Badgley Mischka is jumping on the tech train at their fashion show in a different manner. The fashion brand has partnered with SAP for their upcoming Feb. 13 show where they will debut the Badgley Mischka Runway mobile app by SAP. It will allow audience members to interact with the show plus the opportunity to provide feedback. The chairman of Graff jewelry, Laurence Graff, refutes Donald Trump’s claim that he received a $1 million discount on Melania’s 2005 $1.5 mil D-flawless cut 10-carat diamond engagement ring.
“There Are No Limits To What You Can Accomplish, Except The Limits You Place On Your Own Thinking.”― Brian Tracy
LOOK OF THE DAY
Pita Taufatofua leading the delegation from Tonga during the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic
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