February 18, 2019: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • Officials in the Trump White House say they're preparing for a "fierce fight" in their defense of the President's declaration of a national emergency in order to lengthen a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Presidential adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday that Trump would cast the first veto of his presidency if Congress seeks to overturn the emergency edict. CNN reports that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised to "definitely and imminently" launch a legal challenge to the emergency declaration.
  • A demonstration pushing back against the emergency declaration is scheduled for noon today on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse. The protest, organized by MoveOn.org, United Vision for Idaho and United Action for Idaho, is one of dozens of demonstrations scheduled today against what organizers call "Trump's fake crisis and racist deportation force" with the aim of standing "with immigrant, Muslim and black and brown communities to stop Trump's dangerous and illegal power grab."

  • The Idaho Legislature is in session today, but public schools and most city, county, state and federal offices will be closed today for President's Day. Most libraries are closed, but ValleyRide city buses are running a normal schedule. Most banks are closed and there will be no traditional mail delivery.
  • A union representing flight attendants is asking for an investigation into a video that reportedly shows women dressed as flight attendants performing a burlesque-themed skit. Forbes reports that the incident allegedly included four off-duty American Airlines employees. "We will not tolerate our profession being objectified in a sexist manner," wrote Lori Bassani, national president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents over 25,000 American Airlines employees.

  • A Florida sixth-grader has been charged with a crime after his refusal to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance escalated into a confrontation with police. NBC News reports that the the student called the flag racist and described the national anthem as offensive, and when a teacher called the school's office, law enforcement was called to the scene and ultimately charged the boy with disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence. Police said the boy "made threats" before being arrested.
  • Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game kept scorekeepers busy. The final score was 178-164.
  • After a series of clumsy moves to shorten this year's Oscar ceremony, including a proposal to hand out some awards during commercial breaks (which the Academy quickly nixed), producers told The Hollywood Reporter that there's no chance that the Oscars, which will be handed out this coming Sunday, Feb. 24, will be under three hours.
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