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Good morning, it’s Wednesday, 3 January 2018 and this is an abbreviated Morning Edition of The Nightshift (the Media Bunker staff is taking an extended weekend off). Welcome to 2018.
Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) has announced he will not run for re-election in 2018. Speculation is that Mitt Romney, who now lives in Utah and is exceptionally popular in the state, will run and win Hatch’s seat. Hatch has been increasingly ineffective in recent years and his fawning performance with the administration over the last year has belied the independence that once gave him credibility. It’s well past time for him to leave.
Again: Trump and the head of North Korea are exchanging tweets about who has the most effective and largest “nuclear button” on their desk. This certainly is not going to end up good–especially with the Olympic games being staged in South Korea (noted alpine sports power) about one month away.
The green rush is on in California as the state has legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Can you say “cash crop”–for both entrepreneurs and California’s state taxing authorities.
The Daily Grope: Arizona football coach Rich Rodriquez has been fired due to alleged sexual harassment charges. In New York, Peter Martins, the head of the NYC Ballet, has just resigned for similar reasons.
Cold weather continues to grip much of the United States. Even sections of the deep South are posting below freezing temperatures. A huge winter storm is set to hit the East Coast, with freezing temperatures, hurricane force winds and up to 10 inches (or more) of snow. Batten down and button up.
No one won the American MegaMillions drawing last night; that jackpot was valued at $343 million. Tonight is the Powerball Drawing, worth $440 million. Good luck.
Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. That should break a lot of New Year’s Resolutions.
The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below.
Please check out the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s below at the end of the links.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
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