January 22, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • With no end in sight for the now-historically long partial federal government shutdown, the impact is particularly hard on some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens, including the homeless and those who depend on federal rent subsidies. The New York Times reports that nonprofit groups dedicated to helping low-income renters are "scrambling to survive without the lifeblood payments from HUD" which started being cut off Jan. 1.

  • click to enlarge YUMI KIMURA, CC BY 2.0
    The National Council for Home Safety and Security released its annual assessment of safe cities this morning. NCHSS examined FBI crime statistics and combined them with its own internal population research. It found that Idaho is the 12th-safest state for property crime and has a lower violent crime rate (2.87 crimes per 1,000 residents) than the national average (3.47 per 1,000). The study concluded that the safest city in Idaho is Rexburg, followed by Mountain Home, Idaho Falls, Post Falls and Jerome.

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) is the latest Democrat to declare her candidacy for president. Harris, a former state attorney general, is the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. She joins an already crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, including Julian Castro, John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Richard Ojeda, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Andrew Yang. It's estimated that the field could grow by about 14 more candidates.
  • One of those who hasn't announced yet, but most experts agree will be announcing sooner than later, is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). NBC News reports that in a town hall event in South Carolina on Monday, Sanders unleashed on President Trump with both barrels, calling him "a racist."

  • Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer's calories and ingredients, as well as its fat, carbohydrate and protein content. CNBC reports that the labels aren't legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020.

  • Singer Chris Brown is in police custody in Paris today. Variety reports that the R&B recording artist is being questioned on rape and drug allegations.
  • Here's a pretty good indication of how cold it is back east. The waters at Niagara Falls have frozen. Visitors are filling social media with gorgeous but bone-chilling photos.
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