Feb. 20, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Donald Trump issued two statements yesterday that surprised his far-right supporters. The New York Times reports that Trump has indicated he is "open" to updating federal background checks for prospective gun buyers, and CNBC reports he endorsed his formerly bitter rival Mitt Romney for a U.S. Senate run in Utah. Romney quickly expressed his gratitude for the endorsement.

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  • One of the most provocative protests in recent memory filled some of the steps of the Idaho Statehouse late Monday afternoon. Supporters of the Protect Idaho Kids organization marched up Capitol Boulevard and stacked 183 symbolic coffins on the Capitol steps as they called for the Idaho Legislature to repeal the state faith-healing exemptions, which protect parents from criminal or civil liability if children are denied medical care in favor of prayer.  One of those joining the protest was Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue, who said, “Adults should be held criminally liable when they fail to seek medical help for seriously ailing children.” Organizers later acknowledged to the Spokesman-Review that several groups that support the cause decided not to participate in the protest because of the use of the symbolic coffins.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken has a problem in the United Kingdom: not enough chicken.  In fact, the BBC reports that nearly 500 KFC outlets remained closed this morning because its delivery contractor has experienced significant issues with delivering chicken to the fast-food chain. The BBC reports that KFC recently switched to a new food distribution group, but soon thereafter began running out of chicken.

  • There's no shortage of beer at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. That's a a good thing, because Germany's Olympic athletes are consuming hundreds of gallons of it. The brew is presumably their sports drink of choice, because Germany has won a stunning 23 medals, 11 of them gold (compare that the USA's total of 12 medals). The New York Times reports that the brewery Krombacher has supplied nearly 1,000 gallons of beer, much of it nonalcholic, to the athletes' village.
  • Jordan Peele, Oscar-nominated for his direction and screenplay of Get Out, isn't giving many details, but has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he's finishing the screenplay of his next project and will begin directing it later this year.

    "Playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite. That’s my sweet spot. So I think tonally it should resemble Get Out,"  Peele told THR. "That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one.”

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