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In the news this morning, President Trump held his first solo press conference yesterday at the White House and described the operation of the first month of his administration as a finely tuned machine. In the 75-minute press conference, the President lashed out at the press about their perpetuation of 'fake news' and touted the leaks from "holdovers" within his administration as contributing to the problem.
In the news this morning, President Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder, abruptly withdrew from the nomination process yesterday amid allegations that he hired an undocumented immigrant and did not pay income taxes for her. Domestic abuse allegations were also an issue for the fast-food CEO. Maine Senator Susan Collins noted that Puzder's nomination hearing would have been extremely difficult.
In the news this morning, National Security Advisory Mike Flynn was forced to resign amid allegations that he misled President Trump and Vice President Pence about discussing sanctions with the Russia's ambassador before the Presidential Inauguration. Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the issue with Flynn an issue of trust which led to President Trump asking for the resignation.
In the news this morning, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team set a record last evening, defeating the 6th ranked University of South Carolina for their 100th straight win. Up by 6 at the half, the Huskies went on to win the game 66 - 55. Coach Geno Auriemma was rendered speechless after the game. The UConn women are the defending NCAA champions.
In the news this morning, the one-year countdown has started for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will be hosted by the country of South Korea in the city of PyeongChang. It will be the second Olympic Games for South Korea who hosted the Summer Games in 1988. The 2018 Games will be missing a familiar voice. NBC's Bob Costas announced yesterday that he is stepping down from covering the prime time Olympics broadcast.
In the news this morning, Governor LePage gave his 'State of the State' Address in Augusta last evening. In the one-hour speech, LePage claimed that the Maine economy and the Maine way of life are under attack, referring specifically to the needy and to elderly Mainers. He was especially critical of the recent Citizens Initiative referendums passed in November related to the minimum wage and a 3% tax hike on the wealthiest Mainers. House Speaker Sarah Gideon described the speech as negative and partisan.
In the news this morning, the New England Patriots entered the history books last evening after winning Super Bowl LI (51!) over Atlanta, 34-28. It was the first Super Bowl in history to be decided in overtime, and it was the 5th world title for both Coach Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady. Highlighting the event was Lady Gaga who repelled from the roof of the NRG Stadium for the half-time show.
In the news this morning, a French soldier guarding the famed Louvre Museum in Paris, France, shot a man earlier this morning who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete. The man, shouting "Allahu Akbar," was attempting to gain entry to the Louvre's shopping center when he was shot in the abdomen and seriously injured. One French soldier received a head injury. France's Prime Minister said the attack was "terrorist in nature."
In the news this morning, some Maine lawmakers are taking another stab at a year-round time zone in Maine. In effect, the proposal would be like adopting daylight saving time year-round — putting the clock forward an hour permanently — instead of doing it only from spring until fall. Increased economic opportunities and less energy consumption are the goals of the proposal which would need approval from either Congress or the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In the news this morning, during a prime time press conference last evening, President Trump announced his nomination for the vacant Supreme Court Justice seat. Judge Neil Gorsuch is an appeals court judge from Colorado. The conservative 49-year-old is the second youngest Supreme Court nominee in US history and graduated from Harvard Law in 1991 with Former President Obama.
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