Democratic Count: Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced yesterday on “Good Morning America” that she is running for president. For those keeping a tally at home, that’s now: Eight people who are running for the Democratic nomination, two who are “all but certain” to run, four who are “likely” to run, and eight who “might” run.
MAC & CHEESE: At Costco, for $89.99, one can buy a 27-pound tub of mac & cheese with a shelf-life of 20-years. And yes, they are currently sold out!
THE EGG: A photograph of an egg, posted on Jan. 5, has become Instagram’s most-liked post of all time with some 19.5 million likes. This vaults the egg, that is, a photograph of an egg, ahead of a photo of Kylie Jenner’s newborn daughter to claim the record.
THE TURNOVER in President Trump’s Cabinet has been unprecedented in recent history, my colleague Nathaniel Rakich writes. As of yesterday, there had been 12 staffing changes in his Cabinet. In second place at this point in his administration was Bill Clinton, with only six
FACE of AMERICA: A photo of the House floor shows the GOP, mostly male, mostly white, and mostly wearing dark suits, white shirts, and ties. The Democrats don’t look like that, they are the true face of America, very diverse and inclusive.
4 BILLION MILES AWAY: NASA’s minivan-sized New Horizons spacecraft just visited the most distant object ever explored, a rocky, 20-mile-long object 4 billion miles from Earth called Ultima Thule. The mission was first conceived 30 years ago.
Say bye to the bull: The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged 5,036 points since its record high on September 20, 2018, poised for its worst December since 1931.
Helen Philpot – “The President wanted a shutdown. The President got a shutdown. What he didn’t get was a wall.”
SELFIE TRAMWAY: Warner Brothers wants to build a $100 million, one mile long, aerial tramway to haul selfie-shooting tourists up to the Hollywood sign so they won’t be trampling through the neighborhoods of wealthy people.
GUN VIOLENCE: Mitch McConnell just said there’s not much congress can do to stop gun violence. Well yeah, especially if congress never tries.
FEAR: “The easiest thing to sell in America is fear and Donald Trump is the master salesman.”
OPIOID DEATH: The Washington Post has reported, “a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association attributes 1.5 percent of all American deaths in 2016 to opioids. This staggering figure, which given the data used may be an underestimate of the true total, eclipses the deadliness of the Vietnam War during its bloodiest year. One in five deaths of young Americans, ages 25 to 34, are attributed to opioids.”
STARBUCKS: Starbucks opened its first coffee shop in 1971. Today there are over 28,000 shops spanning the globe. As the fringe right likes to say, that’s a lot of soldiers in the war against Christmas!
CANON’S LAST: Canon got into the camera business in 1933 and just announced it had sold its last film camera. This is the dawning of the age of the digital!
ONLY ONE GUN STORE: There’s only one place to officially buy guns in Mexico, and it’s on a military base. Yet gun violence is on the rise in the country. So where are the guns coming from? Mexico’s northern neighbor. An estimated 580 weapons illegally move from the U.S. to Mexico every day. Compare that to the 38 guns that the country’s sole gun store sells every day.