Good morning, it’s Tuesday, 9 January 2018 and this is an abbreviated Morning Edition of The Nightshift .
Welcome to 2018.
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Alabama beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the collegiate National Football Championship last night. The game was played at the new, one billion dollar plus (as you might expect) Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. The highly anticipated contest, which brought together two teams from the SEC (Southeastern Conference), had three distinct, discrete acts: Act 1, the first half, dominated by Georgia and it’s freshman quarterback Jake Fromm; Act 2, the second half, dominated by a revitalized Alabama team lead by a new freshman quarterback (who had played very few snaps all long), Tua Togavailoa, who replaced starting QB Jalen Hurts (Hurts is 25-2 in games he started), brought a much-needed passing game to the Tide, and evened the score at the end of the game to 20-20, forcing the first overtime game in national championship history. And then, the third act, in overtime, in which Georgia managed to eke out a field goal and Alabama’s Tua continued his hot streak for ‘Bama by throwing a 40 year touchdown pass that gave Alabama the win. Saban proved again why he is the best CEO in college football–he was totally unafraid to switch quarterbacks when he saw that the team’s offense needed a more effective passing game and that his starting QB was not going to be able to get it done. What a great end to a memorable college football season. Nick Saban has now won 6 national championships at Alabama, tying Alabama’s legendary Bear Bryant, the man who built the school into a football powerhouse. Great relief from all the politics and political bickering of the day.
A satellite launching handled by Elon Musk’s Space X rocket company has failed. The satellite payload–said to be a mystery spy satellite–may be a total loss.
President Trump has said that he intends to end “sanctuary residency” for thousands of Salvadorian immigrants in the U.S. who came to this country after two major natural disasters. Trump will require them to leave the U.S. or be deported by 2019. Expect a Congressional battle.
South Korea and North Korea are holding talks to ease the tensions that could threaten the upcoming Winter Olympics which start on 8 February 2018. North Korea may send some athletes to the Olympics. A successful conclusion to the talks would provide a rare and positive opening to better relations between the two countries.
The repercussions of the Michael Wolff book on President Trump and the Trump White House continue, as Wolff is all over national media promoting the book and the country is transfixed by the combination of gossip and insight in the book. And, on the other side of the street, there is a building movement to encourage Oprah Winfrey to fun for President. In other words, the usual drama.
Today is National Shop for Travel Day. Where do you want to go?
What we’re listening to in the Media Bunker: The First Day compilation on Spotify.
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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