Friday, February 9, 2024


Tucker Carlson’s two-hour interview with Vladimir Putin was released Thursday on X and Carlson’s own website. Topics include Ukraine, NATO, and imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. (See Interview)

House Republicans plan to vote again on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as early as Tuesday. Rep. Steve Scalise, returning from a hospital stay, will add another GOP vote. (More)

The Senate took the first step in approving stand-alone aid to Ukraine, voting 67-32 to advance the legislation to the next steps. At least five more votes will be needed to move the bill to the House. (More)

Pro-Palestinian groups are pressuring Hulu TV to drop what they call a “shocking” Israeli ad that showcases the “stunning beaches” and “vibrant nightlife” that would exist in Gaza if not for Hamas. (See Ad)

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The NBA trade deadline passed Wednesday, and several high-profile players got new homes, including Gordon Hayward moving to the OKC Thunder and Buddy Hield becoming a 76er. (See Trades

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma became the third coach in NCAA basketball history to reach 1,200 total wins. He joins Tara VanDerveer of Standford and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,200 club. (More

The PGA Tour has set aside $750 million in grants for its top 36 golfers based on their popularity and their career performance in the last five years. (More

Recycled iron from the Eiffel Tower will be embedded in the medals awarded at this year’s Olympic Summer Games in Paris. The metal was harvested from girders and other parts from the tower. (See Video

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Big Stock Move: Arm stock shot up 48% Thursday after the computer chip manufacturer reported strong earnings and an upbeat forecast for the year. (More)

➤ Uber reported its first annual profit since becoming a public company in 2019, buoyed by growth in its Uber Eats business and reduced operational costs. (More)

➤ Travel on U.S. roads set a new yearly record in 2023, with drivers covering 3.263 trillion miles, boosted by more workers returning to the office and lower gas prices. (More)

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Science & Technology

➤ Iceland saw its third volcanic eruption since December 2023. Lava was visible to residents in Reykjavik, about 30 miles away. (See Video

➤ Scientists in the UK reported they were able to produce five seconds of nuclear fusion power, a record in the quest for clean fusion energy. (More

Atlas, a humanoid robot, showed off its ability to move medium-weight car parts as an example of how it could work on an assembly line. (See Video

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Feel Good Friday

➤ A grandmother saved 17 years’ worth of voicemails from her granddaughter, who discovered them late last year and stitched them together into a touching video—which now has over 3 million views. (See Video)

A family who lost a priceless wedding photo of their grandparents in a tornado in 2008 found it again this year when it showed up on Facebook with a note asking: “Does anyone recognize this couple?” (See Video)

A German Shepherd K9 dog tracked the scent of a missing 12-year-old for two miles in the freezing cold late at night last week, leading police to the child. (See Photos)

Et Cetera

➤ Apple will release new emojis this spring in its next iPhone software release, including a phoenix, a lime, a brown mushroom, a broken chain, and new smiley faces that shake their heads. (See Emojis)

A polar bear taking a snooze on a block of ice won The People’s Choice Awards for best wildlife photo, beating out four other top finalists. (See Photos)

➤ A New York man was arrested after taking his pickup truck for a spin in shallow ocean water near Daytona Beach, at one point trying to do a donut in the surf. Editor’s note: the mugshot is the real story here. He’s bruised and confused, but he’s smiling like he just won the lottery! (See Video)

Poll Position

Super Bowl Pick: Chiefs or 49ers?

  1. Chiefs
  2. 49ers

Thursday’s Results:

Have you ever used a clothesline?

  1. Yes: 95%
  2. No: 5%

Quote BoxDaily Quote


“What’s a state doing deciding who other citizens get to vote for president?” 

Justice Elena Kagan expressing skepticism about efforts to disqualify Donald Trump from state ballots.

TriviaToday’s Trivia

What fruit was once so valuable that people would rent them to display at parties?

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