Tuesday, January 30th, 2024


Rep. Lauren Boebert came in fifth in a straw poll taken in the new congressional district she moved to for her reelection bid. Boebert finished in the middle of a poll of those attending a candidate debate. (See Results)

Democratic lawmakers are questioning the Biden White House for unilaterally authorizing arms sales to Israel without congressional approval, which they say is required. (More

 The U.S. froze funding to the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees after learning that at least seven U.N. members joined Hamas in the Oct. 7 assault against Israel. (More

A bipartisan group of legislators seeking to keep AM radio in cars are pushing to require a safety warning on cars that don’t have it. Some carmakers have stopped including AM tuners. (More)

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 Wichita officials have offered up to $5,000 for the return of a stolen statue of baseball icon Jackie Robinson. Thieves hacked the statue off at the ankles, leaving only the feet behind. (See Video)

➤ The San Francisco 49ers made several huge plays during their come-from-behind win in the NFC championship, and none was bigger than Brandon Aiyuk’s reception after the ball deflected off the face mask of Lions defensive back Kindle Vildor. (See Video) 

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the victorious Kansas City Chiefs post-game celebration featured Taylor Swift helping tight end Travis Kelce find his brother Jason, who gave him a brotherly word of encouragement for the Super Bowl. (See Video – language warning

Russian skater Kamila Valieva, a 15-year-old phenom in the 2022 Winter Olympics, received a four-year suspension after an investigation determined she used a banned substance. (More)


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SoFi Technologies, Inc.

➤ Big Stock Move: SoFi Technologies stock shot up 20% Monday, its best day in 18 months, after the company reported its first quarterly profit. (More

Bayer must pay $2.25 billion to a Pennsylvania man who said he developed cancer from exposure to the company’s weedkiller, Roundup. Bayer stock dropped nearly 6% on the news. (More)

➤ Amazon and iRobot, maker of the Roomba, called off their planned $1.7 billion merger over regulatory challenges. iRobot says its founder/CEO will step down, and 350 employees will be let go. (More)

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Science & Technology

Searches for Taylor Swift on X (formerly Twitter) are blocked because the site was overrun with deep-fake explicit images of the superstar. A search now requires quotation marks around “Taylor Swift,” or it’s blocked. (More)

➤ A photographer captured video of a rare “green flash” coming from Venus in the night sky over Sweden. The flash, caused by precise atmospheric conditions, lasted about a second. (See Video)

NASA and the European Space Agency are targeting the mid-2030s to launch the first space-based gravitational wave detector to hunt for ripples in spacetime. (See Illustration)

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Travel Tuesday

Thrillist, a travel site, ranked all 50 states by how beautiful they are, placing a high value on mountains, cliffs, canyons, waterways, and rolling hills. Sorry, Iowa. Editor’s note: I grew up in Kansas and have spent a lot of time in Okoboji, Iowa, so I was just as shocked and offended as you probably are by this blatant disregard for the beauty of Flyover states. How dare they! Haven’t they ever seen the amber waves of grain? What does Thrillist know, anyway? End of rant, carry on. (See how your state ranks)

➤ A survey of Americans who travel internationally shows they need days of recovery time after they return, and some begin preparing for their trips as much as ten days in advance. (See Overseas Travel Tips)

Two filmmakers have produced a visually stunning 3-minute time-lapse video of Grand Teton National Park. It was shot over the course of a month to showcase the park’s beauty. (See Video)

Et Cetera

➤ A Japanese butcher shop has a 43-year wait list for its “extreme croquette,” a beef and potato knish made with high-end Kobe beef. The shop has 63,000 people currently on the waiting list. (See Photos)

➤ After three years of trying, wildlife photographer Carlos Gauna finally captured the first-ever images of a newborn great white shark off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. (See Photos)

A cat trying to walk across a frozen swimming pool discovered a strange new world of slipping and sliding. (See Video)

Poll Position

Should Congress require cars to include AM radio?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Monday’s Results:

Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: 70%
  2. San Francisco 49ers: 30%

Quote BoxDaily Quote


“What you did in targeting the sitting president of the United States was an attack on our constitutional democracy.” 

U.S. District Judge Ana Reyes, sentencing the man who leaked Donald Trump’s tax returns to the press. 

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If you smell petrichor in the air, what’s happening?

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