February 15, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Trump announced from the Rose Garden this morning that he plans to declare a national emergency that will allow him to him divert federal funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "I'm going to be signing a national emergency, and it’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so it gave the presidents the power," Trump said, according to live reports from CNN. "There’s rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting." The New York Times, meanwhile, quotes legal experts that say Trump's plan to circumvent Congress would violate constitutional norms and set a precedent for presidents acting unilaterally to achieve their policy goals.
  • Idaho public education leaders are nervously awaiting Monday, Feb. 18, when the Idaho legislature's budget writing committee will take up the all-important K-12 budget for the next fiscal year. Kevin Richert of IdahoEdNews says the spending plan will need to address teacher salaries, the career ladder for educators, rising insurance costs, proposed literacy programs and school safety.

  • Democrats are already setting rules for the next round of presidential candidate debates which begin (we hope you're sitting down) this summer. ABC News reports that in order to qualify for debates this June and July, candidates must earn at least 1 percent in polls and receive campaign donations from at least 65,000 people across 20 states.

  • A California man has been sentenced to prison for starting last summer's Cranston Fire which destroyed more than 13,000 acres. CNN reports that 33-year-old Brandon McGlover has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars and ordered to pay restitution to property owners.

  • The New York Times has a fascinating backstory on the history of the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. It turns out that the temperature scale devised by Anders Celsius in the early 18th century set the boiling point at zero degrees and the freezing point at 100, the opposite of current use.

  • The National Weather Service Office says another weather maker will sweep into the region today, bringing more snow to the Boise Mountains and west central Idaho. A winter weather advisory is in effect for those area through the day. Boise can expect a mix of rain and snow through the day and into tonight, and there's a good chance of snow showers on Saturday.
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  • Visitors to California's Norton Simon Museum are buzzing about the mystery surrounding the 1651 painting "Portrait of a Lady in White," on loan to the museum from the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany. NPR reports that it's not known whether the woman was the wife, daughter or even the mistress of Renaissance master Titian.
  • Idaho native Aaron Paul is set to star in a new movie based on his Emmy-winning role in the TV series Breaking Bad. Indiewire.com reports that the film's story is very much a secret, but it's expected to launch on Netflix and then AMC, which was the home of Breaking Bad's five seasons.
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