January 9, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • In a nationally televised address to the nation, President Trump cast the situation at the U.S.-Mexico  border as a "humanitarian crisis," insisting that he needs at least $5 billion for a border wall. The New York Times reports that Trump privately acknowledged earlier on Tuesday that the speech "would change little." Meanwhile, Democratic leaders offered a rebuttal, criticizing the president for asking taxpayers to pay for a wall he had long said Mexico would fund.

  • The Times is also reporting this morning that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who has been overseeing the Russia investigation, is expected to leave the Justice Department after Trump's choice to run the department is confirmed.
  • click to enlarge Ethan Pruatt, 28, was arrested Tuesday. - ACSO
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    • Ethan Pruatt, 28, was arrested Tuesday.
    A Boise man is behind bars, accused of robbing the US Bank on the 1600 block of West State Street on Tuesday afternoon. Nearby Lowell Elementary School was locked down for a short while as investigators combed the area. A short time later, 28-year-old Ethan Pruatt was found near State and 32nd streets. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on a charge of felony robbery.  Boise Police said Pruatt didn't brandish a weapon, but he handed a note demanding money to a bank teller before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

  • Heritage Auction says a rare 1943 copper penny, considered to be the "holy grail" of coins, was discovered in a Massachusetts boy's lunch money. It could reach $1.7 million at auction.
  • Rolling Stone reports that the organizer of the original 1969 Woodstock musical festival is working on a 50-year anniversary festival this year. Michael Lang says Woodstock 40 will be held this coming August near Watkins Glen, New York.
  • NPR reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus in the U.S., the largest in U.S. history. Simply put, it means that there's enough surplus cheese sitting in cold storage to wrap around the U.S. Capitol.
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    The crystal ball is a bit clearer this morning as to who might nab an Oscar nomination. Vanity Fair reports that the Directors Guild is out with its nominations for the season's best film directors: Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade), Adam McKay (Vice), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Peter Farrelly (Green Book) and Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You).
  • Meanwhile, Britain's motion picture association unveiled its list of BAFTA Awards nominees this morning. The Favourite got the most nods (12 nominations), followed by Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Roma and A Star is Born (7 nominations each).
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