Happy Monday, Short Listers. Today, we hope Robert Mueller throws us a bone on Russia, debate Kyler Murray’s life choices and keep our eyes on El Paso.
But first, a polar bear invasion: The arrival of about 50 polar bears prompted an "emergency situation" in a small Russian town, where bears attacked people and entered residences.
Trump and O'Rourke face off in dueling rallies as shutdown looms
We're (back) on shutdown watch this week: The three-week window to find a compromise for government funding expires Friday, and both sides are no closer to a shared solution on border security. A week after he said El Paso, Texas, was once "one of our nation's most dangerous cities," President Donald Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexican border for a rally calling for his controversial border wall, a sticking point in the negotiations in Washington. Who else just happens to be in El Paso, speaking across the street at around the same time? Potential Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso native who will lead a protest against the president.
A fourth of this county's kindergartners missed immunizations. Now there’s a measles crisis.
Measles outbreaks in New York and Washington state have officials scrambling to contain a disease eliminated nearly two decades ago in the USA. Washington state declared a public emergency after an outbreak in Clark County infected at least 53 people, mostly children. Health officials have long feared a measles outbreak could spread rapidly, given the cluster of non-vaccinated children: Nearly one in four of the county's kindergartners did not get all their advised immunizations during the year. The New York outbreak is the largest there in decades.
- The Grammys were last night. Enjoy brutally honest reviews of every performance.
- Amy Klobuchar clapped back at Trump (and his hair) after his mocking tweet.
- Trump's schedule got leaked (again): He still takes "executive time."
- The Cleveland Browns signed Kareem Hunt, the ex-Chiefs running back seen kicking a woman last February.
- Here's why Bonnie and Clyde preferred Fords as getaway cars.
- Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is pursuing a career in 🏈over ⚾.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar said she "unequivocally" apologizes for a tweet fellow Democrats called "anti-Semitic."
Ralph Northam seems to have a way with words
Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's media apology tour is off to a rough start. Northam went on "CBS This Morning" in an interview with Gayle King that aired Monday in an effort to save his political career after reporters uncovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page.
Northam: "Just 90 miles from here, in 1619, the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores."
King: "Also known as slavery."
You may never hear from Mueller
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election tampering has cast a shadow over Trump's presidency, But the public might never learn exactly what Mueller has – or hasn't – found. Though the investigation brought charges against some of Trump's top aides and revealed Moscow ties, Justice Department rules say Mueller needs to submit only a confidential report when done. William Barr, the man likely to be Mueller's next boss, cast doubt on whether he would let that document be revealed. Those who know him say Mueller, reluctant to speak publicly, is unlikely to do so on his own. That means you (and I) might never know if there are juicy details in the report.
School's out for a teacher walkout
There's a teacher strike in Denver. Frustrated at chronic underfunding of public education, thousands of Denver Public Schools teachers didn't show up to start the school week. Trading pencils for picket signs, the teachers protested their schools after last-ditch negotiations broke down over the weekend. Hundreds of students from the 207 schools affected by the strike ditched class and joined the teachers in demands for better compensation. It's the latest incident in a nationwide mobilization of educators disrupting school systems in hopes of having their voices heard.