The Nightshift: 19 January 2018

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Good morning, it’s Friday, 19 January 2018  and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
Welcome to 2018.
The U.S. Government will “shut down” tonight at midnight if a new spending budget/accommodation is not reached. The situation is typical Washington DC: if you want to keep the government running, you have to give something in return(i.e. DACA, immigration law, etc.). Everyone will get the chance to see how close to the line the government will go before an agreement is reached as you will not be able to avoid this critical issue on the news cycle.
The flu epidemic is sweeping across America and hospitals throughout the country are jammed–and even overcrowded–with flu victims.
A former CIA employee, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, has been arrested on charges that he aided the Chinese government in wiping out a key CIA network of spies in China. More than a dozen members of that network have been arrested and imprisoned or executed.
Continental showdown: India has tested a ballistic missile, increasing (again) the tension in the Asian theater.
New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady is said to have possibly injured his hand during a practice on Wednesday afternoon. The Patriots play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in one of the two NFL divisional championship playoff games. Asked about the effect of Brady’s injury on the game, the Jacksonville coach had the correct reply–“Tom Brady can probably throw left-handed too”. Should be a good game.
The Daily Grope: The sad unraveling of the U.S. Gymnastic Team continues with the announcement that the Karolyi Ranch, the training center for U.S. National Team gymnasts and hopefuls, will no longer serve as the main training center for the team. This move comes as a result of the horrendous charges being leveled against former U.S.Gymnastics Team doctor Larry Nasser, who “treated” team members at the ranch. The Karolyis (Bela and wife Marta) have not (yet) been charged or accused with any wrongdoing. It’s especially painful because without the Karolyis , the U.S. would not have built a Gold Medal winning and world dominating gymnastics team. There are difficult and confusing times. In other news: Michael Douglas has been accused of sexual harassment by a writer who formerly worked for his production company. And….. Dylan Farrow’s accusations of inappropriate behavior by Woody Allen (her step father) has increased negative pressure and publicity for the writer/director.
How much oil is in the U.S.? Enough that America is now the second largest producer of oil in the world, passing Saudi Arabia. The top spot is still held by…..Russia.
Check out the latest in tech trends with our link to C-Net’s CES 2018 coverage. 
Or, get another take on the CES with some curated selections from our friends at Wired magazine. 
Today is National Popcorn Day. You know what to do. The microwave is ready.
The Detroit Auto Show has unveiled a host of new vehicles–most of them SUVs–in a show that has been heralded as one of the last celebrations of the automobile culture as we know it. 
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.
A new link to the Boston Globe newspaper has been added.
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 Boston Glove (Boston)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris) (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
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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