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Grammy Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, who will perform

The 60th Grammy Awards ceremony is set for Sunday in New York’s Madison Square Garden, and if history is any indication, it will be a night of surprises, tweet-worthy happenings and incredible performances.

Leading the list of nominees for this year’s ceremony is the rapper Jay-Z who is up for eight awards of the year –album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best rap performance, best rap/sung performance, best rap song, best rap album and best music video.

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Kendrick Lamar has seven nominations and Bruno Mars has six.  

Here is how to watch the Grammys, a list of nominees and some of the people scheduled to perform Sunday.

When: Sunday

What time: The show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Prior to the show, Kevin Frazier, Nancy O'Dell and Keltie Knight will host a one-hour "Grammy Red Carpet Live," at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where is the ceremony: New York’s Madison Square Garden

What channel: CBS is broadcasting the show

Livestream: Click here for the CBS livestream

Who is hosting: James Corden is hosting the show for the second year in a row

Who is performing: Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform Sunday:

Elton John

Miley Cyrus 

U2

Lady Gaga

Pink

Childish Gambino

Little Big Town

Patti LuPone

Ben Platt

Bruno Mars

Cardi B

Luis Fonsi

Daddy Yankee

DJ Khaled

Rihanna

Bryson Tiller

Eric Church

Maren Morris

Brothers Osborne

Who is nominated: Here is the full list of nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards:

Record Of The Year: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber “The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars 

 Album Of The Year: “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino 4:44 — Jay-Z DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar Melodrama — Lorde 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year: “Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber) “4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z) “Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels) “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara Khalid Lil Uzi Vert Julia Michaels SZA

POP FIELD 

Best pop solo performance:

“Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson “Praying” — Kesha “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga “What About Us” — P!nk “Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best pop duo/group performance:

“Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber “Thunder” — Imagine Dragons “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man “Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best traditional pop vocal album: “Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)” — Michael Bublé “Triplicate” — Bob Dylan “In Full Swing” — Seth MacFarlane “Wonderland” — Sarah McLachlan “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — (Various Artists) Dae Bennett, Producer

Best pop vocal album:

“Kaleidoscope EP” — Coldplay “Lust For Life” — Lana Del Rey “Evolve” — Imagine Dragons “Rainbow” — Kesha “Joanne” — Lady Gaga “÷ (Divide)” — Ed Sheeran

DANCE/ELECTRONIC FIELD 

Best Dance Recording: “Bambro Koyo Ganda” — Bonobo featuring Innov Gnawa “Cola” — Camelphat & Elderbrook “Andromeda” — Gorillaz featuring DRAM “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem “Line Of Sight” — Odesza featuring WYNNE & Mansionair

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Migration” — Bonobo“3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk“Mura Masa” — Mura Masa “A Moment Apart” — Odesza “What Now” — Sylvan Esso

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL FIELD 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “What If” — The Jerry Douglas Band “Spirit” — Alex Han “Mount Royal” — Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion “Bad Hombre” — Antonio Sanchez

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen “The Promise” — Chris Cornell “Run” — Foo Fighters “No Good” — Kaleo “Go To War” — Nothing More

Best Metal Performance: “Invisible Enemy” — August Burns Red “Black Hoodie” — Body Count “Forever” — Code Orange “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon “Clockworks” — Meshuggah

Best Rock Song: “Atlas, Rise!” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica) “Blood In The Cut” — JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay) “Go To War” — Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More) “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters) “The Stage” — Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold)

Best Rock Album: “Emperor Of Sand — Mastodon “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct — Metallica “The Stories We Tell Ourselves — Nothing More“Villains — Queens Of The Stone Age “A Deeper Understanding — The War On Drugs

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album: “Everything Now” — Arcade Fire “Humanz” — Gorillaz “American Dream” — LCD Soundsystem “Pure Comedy” — Father John Misty “Sleep Well Beast” — The National

R&B FIELD 

Best R&B Performance: “Get You” — Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis “Distraction” — Kehlani “High” — Ledisi “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars “The Weekend” — SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Laugh And Move On” — The Baylor Project “Redbone” — Childish Gambino “What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton featuring The Hamiltones| “All The Way” — Ledisi “Still” — Mali Music

Best R&B Song: “First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton) “Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid) “Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino) “Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA) “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Free 6LACK” — 6LACK “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino “American Teen” — Khalid “Ctrl” — SZA “Starboy” — The Weeknd

Best R&B Album: “Freudian” — Daniel Caesar “Let Love Rule” — Ledisi:24K Magic” — Bruno Mars “Gumbo” — PJ Morton “Feel The Real” –Musiq Soulchild

RAP FIELD 

Best Rap Performance: “Bounce Back” — Big Sean “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B “4:44” — Jay-Z “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar “Bad And Boujee” — Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “PRBLMS” — 6LACK “Crew” — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy “Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna “Love Galore” — SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Rap Song: “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B) “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi) “HUMBLE.” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) “Sassy” — Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody) “The Story Of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Best Rap Album: “4:44” — Jay-Z “DAMN”. — Kendrick Lamar “Culture” — Migos “Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody “Flower Boy” — Tyler, The Creator

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance: “Body Like A Back Road” — Sam Hunt “Losing You: –Alison Krauss “Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert “I Could Use A Love Song” — Maren Morris “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne “My Old Man” — Zac Brown Band “You Look Good” — Lady Antebellum “Better Man” — Little Big Town “Drinkin’ Problem” — Midland

Best Country Song: “Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town) “Body Like A Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt) “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton) “Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland) “Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album: “Cosmic Hallelujah” — Kenny Chesney“Heart Break — Lady Antebellum “The Breaker” — Little Big Town “Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett “From A Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

Here’s how your senator voted on reopening the government after the shutdown

The Senate on Monday passed a temporary spending bill to end the 3-day-old government shutdown at least through Feb. 8.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), said his party would “vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating" after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kty.) made a deal to begin debating an immigration bill by Feb. 8 that included deciding the fate of the nearly 800,000 young immigrants involved in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.

Eighty-one Senators voted yes on the bill; 18 voted no. Of the 18 voting no, two were Republicans. Below is a list of senators and how they voted. 

Republican senators voting yes: 

Lamar Alexander - (Tenn.) 

John Barrasso - (Wy.) 

Blunt, Roy - (Mo.) 

Boozman, John - (Ark.) 

Burr, Richard - (N.C.) 

Capito, Shelley Moore - (W.Va.) 

Cassidy, Bill - (La.) 

Cochran, Thad - (Miss.) 

Collins, Susan M. - (Maine) 

Corker, Bob - (Tenn.) 

Cornyn, John - (Texas) 

Cotton, Tom - (Ark.) 

Crapo, Mike - (Idaho) 

Cruz, Ted - (Texas) 

Daines, Steve - (Mont.) 

Enzi, Michael B. - (Wy.) 

Ernst, Joni - (Iowa) 

Fischer, Deb - (Neb.) 

Flake, Jeff - (Ariz) .

Gardner, Cory - (Colo.) 

Graham, Lindsey - (S.C.) 

Grassley, Chuck - (Iowa)

Hatch, Orrin G. - (Utah)

Heller, Dean - (Nev.) 

Hoeven, John - (N.D.) 

Inhofe, James M. - (Okla.) 

Isakson, Johnny - (Ga.) 

Johnson, Ron - (Wisc.) 

Kennedy, John - (La.)

Lankford, James - (Okla). 

McCain, John - (Ariz.) – Did not vote

McConnell, Mitch - (Ky.) 

Moran, Jerry - (Kansas) 

Murkowski, Lisa - (Alaska) 

Perdue, David - (Ga.) 

Portman, Rob - (Ohio) 

Risch, James E. - (Idaho) 

Roberts, Pat - (Kansas)

Rounds, Mike - (S.D.) 

Rubio, Marco - (Fla.) 

Sasse, Ben - (Neb.) 

Scott, Tim - (S.C.) 

Shelby, Richard C. - (Ala.) 

Strange, Luther - (Ala.) 

Sullivan, Dan - (Alaska) 

Thune, John - (S.D.) 

Tillis, Thom - (N.D.)

Toomey, Patrick J. - (Penn.)

Wicker, Roger F. -- (Miss.)

Young, Todd - (Ind.) 

Republicans voting no:

Lee, Mike - (Utah) 

Paul, Rand - (Kty.) 

Democratic senators voting yes: 

Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.)

Michael Bennet (Colo.)

Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

Ben Cardin (Md.)

Tom Carper (Del.)

Bob Casey (Pa.)

Chris Coons (Del.)

Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)

Dick Durbin (Ill.)

Maggie Hassan (N.H.)

Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)

Tim Kaine (Va.)

Angus King (I-Maine)

Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)

Joe Manchin (W.V.)

Claire McCaskill (Mo.)

Patty Murray (Wash.)

Bill Nelson (Fla.)

Gary Peters (Mich.)

Jack Reed (R.I.)

Brian Schatz (Hawaii)

Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

Tina Smith (Minn.)

Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Tom Udall (N.M.)

Chris Van Hollen (Md.)

Mark Warner (Va.)

Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

Democrats voting no: 

Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)

Cory Booker (N.J.)

Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Kamala Harris (Calif.)

Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)

Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Ed Markey (Mass.)

Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)

Bob Menendez (N.J.)

Jeff Merkley (Oregon)

Chris Murphy (Conn.)

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Jon Tester (Mont.)

Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Ron Wyden (Oregon)

Super Bowl LII 2018: Eagles vs. Patriots kickoff time, channel, livestream, odds

Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games -- one a comeback, the other a blowout -- gave us the lineup for the Super Bowl that will pit the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Tom Brady, with 12 stitches in his hand, led the Patriots in a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to put them in the Super Bowl for a record 10th time.

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Philadelphia didn’t need a comeback, the Eagles dominated the Minnesota Vikings after the Vikings' touchdown on the opening drive, winning the NFC championship 38-7.

Super Bowl LII (52), with all its pageantry, commercials and parties, is set for Feb. 4

Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LII:When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018Who: The New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia EaglesWhere: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MinnesotaNational anthem: Pink will sing the national anthemHalftime entertainment: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime ShowWhat time: 6:30 p.m. ET What channel: NBC will broadcast the game Odds: The Patriots are favored by five points, according to OddsShark.

NFL championship games 2018: What time, what channel, odds for Jags vs. Patriots and Vikings vs. Eagles

We are one day out from “Championship Sunday,” where the teams who will play in the Super Bowl will be determined. The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC Championship, while the New England Patriots play the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC title.

If the Vikings win, they will be the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. If Philadelphia wins, it will be the first time in the team’s history.

If New England wins the AFC Conference championship, no one will be surprised. It will be the Pats 10th trip to the big game. If the Jaguars win, a lot of people will be surprised – New England is currently favored by 7.5 points.

Here’s a look at what time the games kickoff on Sunday, what channel, where they are livestreamed and the latest odds.

The AFC Championship Game

Jacksonville (12-6) at New England (14-3)

What time: 3:05 p.m. ET

What channel: CBS will broadcast the game

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

LivestreamCBSSports.com According to CBS, “you can stream via desktop, the CBS Sports App on iOS and Android tablets as well as on Roku, Apple TV, tvOS, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Chromecast and Windows 10 devices.”

Weather at game time via NFLWeather: 42 degrees, skies overcast;  with winds west at 2 mph 

Line: New England -7.5

The NFC Championship Game

Minnesota (14-3) at Philadelphia (14-3)

What time: 6:40 p.m. ET

What channel: Fox is broadcasting the game

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Penn.

LivestreamFox Sports Go

Weather at game time via NFLWeather: 44 degrees, skies overcast, with winds SSW at 3 mph

Line: Minnesota -3 

Super Bowl LII

When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

Who: The winners of the two championship games

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Halftime entertainer: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

What time: 6:30 p.m. ET 

What channel: NBC will broadcast the game 

Government shutdown: What will close; will you get your Social Security check; what will happen to SNAP, WIC

Update: While the House passed legislation on Thursday to fund government  services, the Senate on Friday failed to vote on a continuing resolution that would keep the government up and running. With no bill to fund the government, non-essential services have been shutdown. 

Below is the original story that explains what will happen now that the government has been shut down.

The fight over a border wall, the fate of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a U.S. government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government running.

While negotiations on a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution, are ongoing, House Republican leaders said late Wednesday that  they lacked the votes to prevent a shutdown, but that they are pressing members to back Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), on the  temporary spending bill.

“I think it passes,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, (R-North Carolina), told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I think it passes.”

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What would happen if no bill is passed and the government “shuts down?” Here’s what to expect:

First, a government shutdown doesn’t mean the government completely shuts down. Employees and services deemed “essential” would remain in place. About half of the federal employee workforce, however, could be furloughed – sent home without pay.

Government agencies would shut down because of the lack of a bill that funds services those agencies provide. What Congress will be considering Thursday night and Friday is a continuing resolution, a way to temporarily fund the government.

What is a continuing resolution? A continuing resolution, or “CR,” is legislation that funds government operations at the current spending level. In normal years, a bill that funds government operations is signed by Oct. 1, which is the end of the fiscal year. That didn’t happen this year.

CRs can fund the government for days, weeks or months. The CR that could be considered Thursday would fund the government through Feb. 16.

Here is a list of services and how they would be affected if a CR is not passed by Friday night:Air travel Air travel would not be affected as federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and Transportation Security Administration screeners would remain in place.Federal court For about two weeks, federal courts would continue operating normally. After that time, the judiciary would have to furlough employees not considered essential.Food safety The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls. Most routine safety inspections would be halted.Health Patients in the National Institutes of Health would continue to be treated. New patients would not be accepted until a funding bill is in place.International travel  You could still get a passport and visa applications would still be processed by the State Department. Fees collected when someone applies for a visa or a passport fund those services.Loans  The Federal Housing Administration, the agency that guarantees about 30 percent of all American home mortgages, wouldn't be able to underwrite or approve any new loans during a shutdown, causing a delay for those using one of those loans to purchase a home. The mail You would still get mail, as the U.S. Postal Service is not funded by taxpayer dollars for everyday operations.Military Active-duty military personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed.National parks All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums. Visitors in overnight campgrounds in national parks would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.School lunches, SNAP and WIC School breakfasts and lunches funded by the federal government would not be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, could be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which used to be called the Food Stamp Program, would continue to be funded and SNAP benefits would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.Science The National Weather Service would keep forecasting weather.Social Security Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits would be paid, but new applications for those payments could be delayed. Veterans services Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs would continue.

Sources: The Associated Press; Politicothe Congressional Research Service

  

How well would you do on the cognitive test President Trump took?

On Tuesday, Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson answered questions about President Donald Trump’s health, reporting that after last week’s physical exam, Trump was in “excellent” health.

In addition to a physical exam, Trump, Jackson said, asked that he be given a cognitive screening test – one that would test for signs of early dementia, for instance.

Jackson said Trump was given the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test – a series of questions asking the test taker to remember a list of words, recognize animals, draw a specific time on a clock and draw a cube, among other tasks.

How well did the president do on the test? He was perfect, Jackson said, getting 30 out of 30 possible points. A score of 26 or higher on the test is considered to be a normal result

Below is a MoCA test like the one the president took. Can you get 26 or higher?

Live updates State of the Union 2018: What time, what channel, livestream, protests

Five Democratic members of Congress have said they will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for the end of the month, boycotting the speech, they say, because of an alleged racial slur over immigration by the president.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), announced Monday she will not attend the speech. Four other Democrats had previously said they will not be attending. When Trump gives the speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30 he will see the female Democrats attending the speech, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), dressed in black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” movement which gives voice to those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

While this will be Trump’s first State of the Union address, it is not the first time he has addressed a joint session of Congress. Trump spoke before Congress last February.

Check back here on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for live updates from the speech and reaction afterward.

Here’s how to watch the speech.

When is the speech: Tuesday, Jan. 30

What time: 9 p.m. ET

What channel: The speech will be carried live on all the major cable and news networks.

Livestream: on YouTube from the White House YouTube channel

Where is it taking place: President Trump will deliver the speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Why he does it: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution says, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The speech was first called the Annual Message, then in the 1940s, the address became known as the “state of the union.” Since 1947, the speech has been known as the “State of the Union Address.”

Firsts for State of the Union speeches

From the U.S. House History, Art & Archives website:

First radio broadcast of the address: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.

First television broadcast of address: President Harry Truman, 1947.

First televised evening delivery of address: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.

First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.

First high definition television broadcast of the address came with President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message in 2004.

Protests:

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), said she will give her guest ticket to the speech to a person involved in the “Me Too” movement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats have said they plan to wear black to the speech in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement.

Who is not coming:

More than 60 members of Congress boycotted Trump’s inauguration. So far, five Democrats have said that they will not attend the State of the Union address. They are:

  • Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.)
  • John Lewis, (D-Ga.)
  • Earl Blumenauer, (D-Oregon)
  • Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) 

 

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Trump's physical exam: Here's what will happen; who will conduct it; when results will be released

President Donald Trump is scheduled to have a medical exam on Friday, his first since taking office nearly a year ago.

Trump, 71, on Thursday, predicted the exam would “go very well,” and said he would be “very surprised if it doesn't."

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The exam is a standard one that anyone in their 70s would have -- checking cholesterol and lipid (fat-like substances found in the blood) levels, evaluating blood pressure, vision and sight function, and screening for cancer, heart disease and any other age-related issue.

Trump has claimed his physical health has always been strong. In 2015, his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, declared that if Trump should be elected president, he would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

However, almost since he announced he was running for office, questions about Trump’s mental health have lingered. In December, Yale psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee briefed members of Congress on concerns about Trump’s mental fitness to be president, despite advice from the American Psychiatric Association not to suggest a diagnosis of any mental health issue if the person has not personally examined the individual in question.

Such questions about mental fitness, which for other presidents have largely remained out of the public realm, will not be answered by today’s exam. Here’s what will happen.

The president’s check-up

Where is the exam taking place?

The president will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for the check-up.

Who will conduct the exam?

White House physician Ronny Jackson will conduct the exam, White House officials said. Dr. Jackson performed President Barack Obama's last few presidential check-ups.

When will we know the results?

Jackson is expected to release a statement Friday after the checkup. White House sources say Jackson is scheduled to give a more in-depth information to reporters on Tuesday.

What will he likely reveal?

Usually, not a lot. The results have most often been a general recounting of the president's height, weight, cholesterol levels and the like. Past presidents have received a “fit to serve as president” stamp of approval following the exam.Here’s a copy of the results of one of President Barack Obama’s checkups.

Do we know anything about any of President Trump’s other physical exams?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump's physician released a summary of his health that included his height, weight (236 pounds), cholesterol (HDL 63, LDL 94, triglycerides 61), blood pressure (116/70), blood sugar (99)and results of liver, thyroid, heart and colon exams.

Do presidents have to have a physical while they are in office?

No, there is no requirement that a person has to have a medical exam of any kind while they serve as president.

Will it address mental health?

No, the exam will not evaluate Trump’s mental health. 

Influenza surveillance map: Where is the flu in my state? 

The last week of 2017 saw a sharp increase in cases of influenza in the United States, with 46 states reporting widespread flu.  

The bad news is that the peak of this year’s season is just getting underway. 

Health officials are saying the season is shaping up to be a particularly severe one, with the number of flu cases reported at nearly four times the number of cases at the same time last year. 

"This is a bad bug," Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division, said. "What we're seeing this year, the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now. That's about a month earlier than it normally would be peaking," he said, "so lots of cases are happening, in lots of states, all at the same time.” 

H3N2 is the strain of flu that has been seen most this season, and it has proven to be a deadly strain. At least 13 children in the United States have died from the flu this season. 

"In years when there is H3N2, we do see that there are more deaths,” Jernigan said. 

It’s not too late to get a flu inoculation, CDC officials said this week. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.  

The CDC tracks information about the spread of the flu using data sent from state health departments to create and maintain an “influenza surveillance map.” The map shows the number of flu cases reported to each state’s health department and where the flu is hitting the hardest. 

Below are the links to each state’s health department, where localized information about influenza can be found. Click on the website and look for a listing called “Surveillance Reports,” or “Surveillance Maps,” then look for the week’s report to give you the latest information.

Click here for more information on this year’s flu, and here for information for parents about children and the flu.  

  1. Alabama 
  2. Alaska 
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas 
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut 
  8. Delaware
  9. District of Columbia 
  10. Florida
  11. Georgia 
  12. Hawaii 
  13. Idaho
  14. Illinois 
  15. Indiana
  16. Iowa 
  17. Kansas 
  18. Kentucky 
  19. Louisiana
  20. Maine
  21. Maryland
  22. Massachusetts
  23. Michigan 
  24. Minnesota 
  25. Mississippi
  26. Missouri 
  27. Montana 
  28. Nebraska
  29. Nevada 
  30. New Hampshire
  31. New Jersey
  32. New Mexico 
  33. New York 
  34. North Carolina 
  35. North Dakota
  36. Ohio 
  37. Oklahoma 
  38. Oregon 
  39. Pennsylvania 
  40. Rhode Island
  41. South Carolina 
  42. South Dakota 
  43. Tennessee 
  44. Texas 
  45. Utah
  46. Vermont 
  47. Virginia 
  48. Washington 
  49. West Virginia 
  50. Wisconsin
  51. Wyoming 

11 things parents need to know about the flu, the vaccine, how long kids need to stay out of school

The Centers for Disease and Prevention are reporting higher than average cases of influenza across the country this flu season.

Forty-six states have seen widespread flu, and 13 children have died from complications of the virus since October.

Influenza in children, especially young children can be very dangerous.

Here are 11 things parents need to know about the 2017-2018 influenza season.

What is the flu?

Influenza is a virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs.

What are signs of the flu?

Signs of the flu include high fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, dry cough and sore muscles. Children who have contracted the flu may also have stomach pain and/or diarrhea. Symptoms of the flu will come on quickly. 

>>What is the H3N2 flu and how bad is flu season this year?

Is the flu vaccine the best way to protect children?

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months and older. The vaccination offers protection against the influenza strains researchers believe will be the most likely to spread in a given flu season. 

Is the vaccination still available in nasal spray? 

In year’s past, the vaccine was available via nose spray. It is now available only in shot form. A new vaccine -- the quadrivalent vaccine – is available this year. The vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. While the quadrivalent vaccine is one of several vaccines available, health officials do not give preference for one type over another.

Can’t you can't get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Influenza vaccines are made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection. You will not catch the flu from the vaccine. There can be side effects – pain, tenderness and slight swelling at the site of the injection – and some infants can run a fever after the shot. If a child is vaccinated but still gets the flu, he or she will likely have a milder version of the disease. In previous years, 90 percent of those children who died after contracting the flu had not been inoculated against the disease.

Can the flu vaccine be given with other vaccines? 

Yes, it can.

What if my child has an egg allergy?

Eggs are used in the production of the virus, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get the flu shot if you have an egg allergy. If your child’s allergy is mild to moderate, they will likely have no problem with the shot. If your child has a severe reaction to eggs, he or she can still get the vaccination, but it should be given by a physician who can monitor the child for a severe reaction to eggs. 

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Can children take antiviral medication if they get the flu?

Yes children can get take antiviral medication should they get the flu. Children can take Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza). Antivirals are most effective when given within 48 hours of feeling the symptoms of the flu. Antibiotics will not help if you have influenza. The flu is a virus.

What are the signs of flu complications that should make you consider taking your child to the hospital? 

(From the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics)

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

How long can a sick child spread the flu to others?

Generally, people who have the flu can spread it to others from one day before symptoms begin to five to seven days after feeling ill. Children may pass the virus along for longer than 7 days, the CDC warns. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body.

When do you know it's over? When can they go back to school or daycare?

The CDC recommends a child with the flu stay at home until they are free of a fever for at least 24 hours. They should be fever-free without the use of a fever-reducing medication, such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). 

If you have any questions about the flu or the flu shot, check out the CDC site flu.gov.

Sources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the American Academy of Pediatrics; WebMD

What is the H3N2 flu and how bad is flu season this year?

This year’s influenza season, dubbed “moderately severe” by health care officials, has hit the United States hard, with the number of recorded cases of the disease in parts of the country up more than 500 percent.

Thirteen children have died from the flu since October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with widespread flu activity being reported now in 46 states. California alone has seen 27 flu deaths this season, with 41,000 cases of flu  confirmed in the United States as of the week of Dec. 27.

The level of flu could soon be classified at epidemic level, Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan from the CDC said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this week.

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"What we're seeing this year the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now," Jernigan, who is director of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at CDC, told "GMA."

"That's about a month earlier than it normally would be peaking," he said, "so lots of cases [are] happening, in lots of states, all at the same time."

Jernigan also addressed the talk of the flu’s effectiveness.

"We know that the influenza vaccine is the best way to prevent, but in this season it is not as effective as it is for the other viruses that circulate," Jernigan said on “GMA.”

Jernigan explained that the vaccine is more effective in trying to prevent other flu strains circulating in the United States than it is for the main strain of flu that has hit the U.S. this year.

Here’s what there is to know about this year’s flu season.

What kind of flu is being seen the most?

The prominent strain in Australia’s flu season was the H3N2 form of influenza A. That strain is what doctors are seeing in this country as well. The strain is included in this year’s flu vaccine.  

How effective is the flu vaccine?

Despite what has been reported about the flu vaccine’s effectiveness, the CDC says it believes the “U.S. VE estimates from last season are likely to be a better predictor of the flu vaccine benefits to expect this season against circulating H3N2 viruses in the United States.” Last year’s effectiveness for the H3N2 virus was around 43 percent. The CDC also stressed “Estimates of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness against circulating flu viruses in the United States will be available later in the season.”

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms include:

High fever

Cough

Sore throat

Runny nose

Muscle aches

Headaches

Nausea

Fatigue

The symptoms of flu can come on quickly. If you have these symptoms you need to see a doctor. The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus and infected to when symptoms begin is about one to four days, with an average of about two days.

What can you do to try to prevent it?

If you have not gotten a flu shot, it’s late, but it is not too late. While thousands have gotten the flu, the influenza season is just reaching its peak. The CDC recommends the flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months – infants and older people should especially be inoculated, according to the agency.

Remember, after the vaccine, your body can take up to two weeks to build up defenses against the flu virus.

If you are allergic to eggs, let your medical provider know that before you get the vaccine. The flu vaccine is grown using eggs.

Can you catch the flu from the vaccine?

No, you don’t get the flu from the vaccine because the vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection.  

What if I already have the flu or at the symptoms of it?

Anti-viral medication – like Tamiflu – will help lessen the symptoms of flu. However, you need to start taking anti-virals within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. 

There seems to be a lot of flu around, is it an epidemic?

There are specific parameters used to determine if the flu has reached epidemic levels. Influenza is considered at epidemic level when the number of deaths from flu surpasses a threshold set by the CDC. In the last week of reports from the agency, the number of flu deaths was 0.2 percent below the threshold the CDC set, meaning a flu epidemic is possible soon. 

In years where the flu is considered “mild,” the CDC estimates it kills around 12,000 Americans. In moderately severe years, as this one is being called, 56,000 could die.

Here’s what’s new for this year’s flu season

From the CDC:

The recommendation to not use the nasal spray flu vaccine was renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

Pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate flu vaccine.

quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine (a vaccine designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses), is available this season.

NCAA Championship: Everything you need to know about the game, the teams, the tickets and Trump's visit

The college football National Championship game is only hours away.

Here is a guide to what you need to know about the game, the teams, the president’s visit and the price of a ticket (hint: it’s really high).

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The game

  • What time is the game, what channel and what are the odds? Click here for that information and a link to the livestream of the game.
  • The weather is looking cold and wet for tonight’s game. Here’s the forecast.
  • Tempted to put that drone you got for Christmas up in the air to get a gander at who is going in the National Championship game? Bad idea. Don’t do it, the FBI is warning.
  • How did we get here? Here’s a look at the history of the college football national championship game. 
  • If you are lucky enough to be going to the game in Atlanta, here’s a guide to parking, tailgating, how MARTA will work and what not to bring to the stadium.
  • Officials are telling fans to enter the stadium through Gates 2, 3 and 4.

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Tickets

The team, coaches, wives

President Trump’s visit

  • President Trump is planning to attend the championship game. Here’s a look at when he will arrive in Atlanta.

Other entertainment

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Golden Globes 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated

Hollywood’s first awards show of the season, the Golden Globes, is set for Sunday in Beverly Hills. 

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairy tale “The Shape of Water” has seven Golden Globes nominations with HBO’s “Big Little Lies” getting six. 

Christopher Plummer nabbed a nomination for his portrayal of billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.” Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the film that had wrapped shooting after Spacey was accused by several men of sexual misconduct.

“They pulled off a miraculous feat over the last month and I’m delighted to have been a part of this unique experience,” Plummer said in a statement.

Here’s a guide to watching the Golden Globes.

When is the show: The awards show is set for Sunday.

What time does it start: The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. ET. Beginning at 7 p.m. ET, you can watch the red carpet arrivals. They will be streamed exclusively on Facebook.

Who is hosting: Seth Meyers will host the show. It’s his first time hosting the Golden Globes.

Where is it taking place: The ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

What channel is it on: NBC is broadcasting the show.

Any big awards: Oprah Winfrey is being given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

Who is nominated: Here are some of the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes.

Film

Best motion picture, drama

“Dunkirk” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” ““Call Me by Your Name” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best actress, motion picture, drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Meryl Streep, The Post Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best actor, motion picture, drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Tom Hanks, The Post Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best motion picture, comedy or musical

“The Disaster Artist” “Get Out” “The Greatest Showman” “I, Tonya” “Lady Bird”

Best actress, motion picture, comedy or musical

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best actor, motion picture, comedy or musical

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver James Franco, The Disaster Artist Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best supporting actor, motion picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best supporting actress, motion picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound Hong Chau, Downsizing Allison Janney, I, Tonya Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk Steven Spielberg, The Post Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World

Best screenplay

“The Shape of Water”“Lady Bird” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” “The Post” “Molly’s Game”

Television

Best television series, drama

“The Handmaid’s Tale” “This Is Us” “The Crown” “Game of Thrones” “Stranger Things”

Best actress, television series drama

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Claire Foy, “The Crown” Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why” Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce” Caitriona Balfe, Outlander”

Best actor, television series, drama

Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor” Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” Jason Bateman, “Ozark” Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan”

Best television series, comedy

“Black-ish” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” “Master of None” “SMILF” “Will & Grace”

Best actress, television series, comedy

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” Alison Brie, “GLOW” Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

Best actor, television series, comedy

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick” William H. Macy, “Shameless” Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”

Best limited series or TV movie

“Big Little Lies” “Feud: Bette and Joan” “Fargo” “Top of the Lake: China Girl” “The Sinner”

Best actor, limited series or TV movie

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies” Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks” Jude Law, “The Young Pope” Ewan McGregor, “Fargo” Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best actress, limited series or TV movie

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan” Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan” Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Best supporting actress, television

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies” Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Best supporting actor, television series

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” David Harbour, “Stranger Things” Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan” Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies David Thewlis, “Fargo”

Kirby Smart: 11 things to know about Georgia’s coach

Kirby Smart knows a little bit about national championships. 

In fact, on Jan. 11, 2016, when he was the University of Alabama’s defensive coordinator, he coached in a national championship game only 12 hours before he began his current job as head coach at the University of Georgia. 

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Smart is back at the championship game, this time with a twist -- when Smart leads the Bulldogs onto the field in Atlanta Monday he will be going up against his old boss, Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Smart and Saban have worked together three times – at Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

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While Saban is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, Smart has had an impressive start to his head coaching career at Georgia, making it to the national championship game in his second year at UGA.

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Here are 11 things you may not know about Smart.

  1. Smart was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia. 
  2. His father was a high school football coach.
  3. He began his coaching career at Georgia, the place where he played defensive back during his college career.
  4. Smart is one of nine head coaches from Power 5 conferences who are coaching at their alma maters.
  5. He married the former Mary Beth Lycett in 2006. They have three children.
  6. It is his second year as head football coach at Georgia. He went 8-5 in his first season.
  7. He also coached at Valdosta State, Florida State University (where he pursued a master’s degree), Louisiana State University (under head coach Nick Saban), and the University of Alabama. Smart spent a season coaching in the NFL under Saban with the Miami Dolphins.
  8. According to al.com, Smart said South Carolina coach Will Muschamp helped him get an interview with Saban about a job at LSU when Saban was the head coach there. He was hired as a defensive backs coach in 2004.
  9. As a head coach, he has a 21-6 record.
  10. He was an Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalist in 2017.
  11. The victory over the University of Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl was one of seven fourth-quarter comeback wins Smart has led Georgia to in the past two years. 

Nick Saban: 11 things to know about Alabama’s coach

When Alabama meets Georgia in the National Championship game Monday, it will be the second time in seven seasons that the national title will come down to two SEC teams. 

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In both of those contests, Nick Saban was the coach of one of the teams playing for the title.

Saban, of course, is no stranger to national championships, but what do you know about the man who has led the Crimson Tide for the past decade?

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Here are 11 things you may not know about Coach Saban.

  1. He was born on Halloween in 1951 in Fairmont, West Virginia
  2. He married Terry Constable in 1971. They met at a 4-H science camp when they were in middle school. They have two children.
  3. Saban made a cameo appearance as himself in the movie “The Blind Side.”
  4. He is a devout Catholic.
  5. He was fired once. It was when he was a coach at Ohio State.
  6. He has a foundation called Nick’s Kids. He and his wife, Terry, started the foundation to raise money for children who are mentally challenged. The foundation has raised more than $1 million.
  7. He coached the Miami Dolphins after he left his head coaching job at Louisiana State University. He left the NFL to come back to college coaching when he accepted the head coaching job at Alabama.
  8. Saban has won five national championships. The first was when he was coaching at LSU, and he won the other four during his time at Alabama.
  9. He has been the head coach at Toledo, Michigan State, LSU and Alabama; he also coached the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.
  10. His college coaching record includes 222 wins, 62 loses and 1 tie.
  11. He is known as a micromanager of sorts, down to an opinion about where the welcome tent should be placed during a football camp held on the UA campus.

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National Championship game 2018: What time, what channel, odds, livestream for Alabama vs. Georgia

The University of Alabama and the University of Georgia will meet Monday in college football’s National Championship game.

The game will feature two Southeastern Conference teams, both that have won 12 games and both that have lost to Auburn. 

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The game will also see Georgia coach Kirby Smart go up against his former boss, Alabama coaching legend Nick Saban. Smart was Saban’s defensive coordinator before he left to take the head coaching job at Georgia.

Georgia will be looking for a chance at its first national championship since 1980. The Crimson Tide won its last championship in 2016. 

Alabama and Georgia have played 62 times, with Alabama ahead in the rivalry 38 wins to Georgia’s 24. They last played in 2015. Alabama won that game.

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Here’s how to watch the National Championship game on TV and the link to a livestream of the game.

Who is playing: No. 3 Georgia (12-1) will take on No. 4 Alabama (12-1).

What are the odds: On Wednesday, Alabama was a four-point favorite.

Who are the coaches: Alabama’s coach is Nick Saban. Georgia is coached by Kirby Smart, who was the defensive coordinator at Alabama under Saban.

What time is the National Championship game: The game is set for 8 p.m. ET on Monday.

Where is it being played: The game is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

What channel is it on: It will be broadcast on ESPN.

Is it livestreamed: You can see it livestreamed on WatchESPN

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What is a ‘bomb cyclone’ and what will happen when it arrives?

A winter storm set to hit the East Coast beginning Wednesday could break all-time record cold temperatures by the end of the week.

The term “bomb cyclone” has been trending on social media as the storm threatens to push frigid temperatures as far south as northern Florida.

The ominous name “bomb cyclone” comes from a process called explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis, in which a weather system undergoes a rapid drop in pressure. 

Bombogenesis occurs “when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. A drop in pressure in a system equals strengthening of the system. 

Such weather systems in the northern hemisphere are centers of low pressure. When the pressure drops, the storms get stronger. When they drop in such a dramatic fashion over a short period of time, the results are equally dramatic.

Think of it as a winter hurricane.

Some forecast models put the potential pressure reading of the storm around 950 millibars at its peak. A category 3 hurricane has a minimum surface pressure of 964-945 millibars

What will happen when it hits?

The extreme weather will come in two parts. First, the winter storm will bring rain, sleet and snow to the eastern coast of the United States from northern Florida to Maine. Then a “polar vortex” will sweep south across the region dropping temperatures to record low levels, according to forecasters.

With the approaching weather system, a warning has been issued for winds up to 55 mph, near blizzard conditions in some areas and record-breaking low temperatures. The National Weather Service said areas in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia could see up to an inch of snow and ice on the roadways early Wednesday. The NWS said wind chills of minus 50 degrees could be seen in northern New York by Saturday morning.

The NWS national forecast Wednesday said:

  1. This winter storm is forecast to bring the potential for a mix of freezing rain/sleet/snow from portions of northern Florida to North Carolina, and snowfall northward along portions of the Mid-Atlantic into New England. Blizzard conditions are possible across portions of eastern New England late Thursday.
  2. If this winter storm tracks closer to the coast, it could mean more snow while a track farther east could mean less snow.
  3. This system has the potential to produce strong, damaging winds possibly resulting in downed trees and/or power outages.
  4. Minor to moderate coastal flooding/erosion is possible due to a combination of high tides and wave action, especially Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4.
  5. Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect from north central Florida northward through eastern New England.

Here are 16 tips for keeping you, your pets and home safe in the cold

In some areas, cold weather is a part of life, but for others, a bone-chilling winter is not the usual fare.

Here are 16 tips for keeping your pets and your home safe in bitterly cold weather.

  1. Perhaps the first thing you need to make sure that you have is a snow emergency kit. Here’s how to put one together.
  2. Don’t forget your pets. They have no way to provide for themselves in the freezing cold. Here are seven tips to keep them safe during winter weather.
  3. Avoid frostbite and hypothermia by dressing in layers and eating hot meals and drinking warm liquids several times per day.
  4. Stay safe while driving on black ice by not using cruise control or pumping your brakes. Look out for patches of road that are darker or duller than the rest of the street.
  5. Keep your home as warm as you can, even if you aren’t there. By keeping the thermostat set to at least 72 degrees, you can prevent your system from burning out and keep the pipes from freezing.
  6. Have the children home from school because of icy weather? Here are a few ideas to help keep them occupied. Here are some more. Since they are kids, you'll probably need even more.
  7. What is the difference between a winter weather watch, a warning and an advisory? Click here to know what you should be ready for during a winter storm.
  8. Is letting your car idle in cold weather illegal? It could be, depending on where you live.
  9. Here are some tips for removing snow, even if you don’t have a shovel.
  10. If you do have a shovel, here are some tips on removing snow safely.
  11. If you have to drive, you shouldn’t do it with a snow-covered windshield.
  12. Here are seven tips for safe winter driving.
  13. Headed to the store for bread and milk? Here’s the reason we do that.
  14. And if you are doing that, here’s good news: Cold weather can help you lose weight.
  15. If you get hungry while you're out buying bread and milk, don’t eat the snow. Seriously. 
  16. Instead of snow, try these five soup recipes.

 

Who is Paris Hilton’s fiance? What to know about Chris Zylka

Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotels fortune, announced this weekend that she is engaged to actor-model Chris Zylka.

She and Zylka met eight years ago at an Oscar party Hilton 36, told Page Six, and it was definitely interest at first sight, if not more. Zylka popped the question over the past weekend in Aspen, Colorado.

Who is Hilton’s finance? Here’s a look at Zylka.

  • He was born in Warren, Ohio, on May 9, 1985. He is 33.
  • The name Zylka is his mother’s maiden name.
  • He attended the University of Toledo.
  • He was engaged before -- to Hanna Beth Merjos. The couple were engaged in 2014. They called off the engagement in 2015.
  • He has starred in television shows and movies. Some of the TV shows he has guest starred in or starred in include:

The Leftovers

Everybody Hates Chris

Hannah Montana” “Cougar Town

My Super Psycho Sweet 16

10 Things I Hate About You

The Secret Circle

  • According to the Internet Movie Database, his hobbies include playing guitar, painting, association football, basketball, baseball and reading.
  • Zylka has said his greatest fear is “failure.”
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