What to Know: January 18, 2019 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • As the partial federal government shutdown approaches its fourth week, the nation's capital now "resembles nothing so much as an unruly sandbox," writes a New York Times correspondent. "As the shutdown drags on, septuagenarian politicians are squabbling like 7-year-olds." The latest tantrum came Thursday when President trump denied Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi access to a military plane for a congressional visit to American troops in Afghanistan.
  • An investigative arm of the Idaho Legislature says the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center in Nampa, which provides residential care to people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, suffers from "organizational trauma." The Associated Press says that a report from the Office of Performance Evaluations details how downsizing, chronic understaffing and employee injuries are crippling SWITC. The oversight committee is calling for an overhaul of the facility by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
  • The Treasure Valley should continue to experience spring-like weather conditions this weekend. Meanwhile, USA Today says 200 million Americans are in the path of a "blockbuster" storm that could drop 40 inches of snow.
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    • NASA
    Sky and Telescope Magazine says a "special celestial event" will occur this Sunday night: the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. North and South America will get the best view of the "blood moon," as it's known. Unlike a solar eclipse, when the moon gets behind Earth and the sun, a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth aligns to block the sun's light from the moon. That can only happen when the moon is on the  opposite side of the Earth from the sun.
  • Brits are questioning whether 97-year-old Prince Philip should still be driving after he rolled his Land Rover in a crash on Thursday. A witness told the BBC that he saw the vehicle "careening" across the road. The BBC reports that the Duke of Edinburgh is recovering at home (which is to say, one of his family's palaces).
  • The Japanese film Shoplifters opens in Boise today. It has garnered some of the best reviews of the award season and is destined to be an Oscar nominee. Variety says Shoplifters has already passed the $2 million mark at the North American box office, a rarity for a foreign film.
  • On Fridays, we usually like to share a trailer for a buzz-worthy film that will open soon. This one takes the prize.  It stars Sam Elliott as... wait for it... The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot. It's about... well, just take a look:

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