GOP TO FIGHT NET NEUTRALITY “Newly fortified Republicans in Congress are considering a number of ways to stymie the Obama administration’s planned regulations on broadband Internet providers in 2015, making Capitol Hill a new front in the fight over ‘net neutrality.’ Concern about the rules is playing into Republican efforts to rein in what they say is regulatory overreach by the Federal Communications Commission.” [WSJ]
TEMPERATURES TO PLUMMET ACROSS U.S. IN DANGEROUS ARCTIC BLAST Get ready for 50 below. [CNN]
BOSTON BOMBER JURY SELECTION BEGINS TODAY The trial is expected to take months. [USA Today]
AIR FORCE: DRONE FLEET HITTING BREAKING POINT “The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of drones is being strained to the ‘breaking point,’ according to senior military officials and an internal service memo acquired by The Daily Beast. And it’s happening right when the unmanned aircraft are most needed to fight ISIS.” [Daily Beast]
MEET ONE OF THE FIRST PREGNANT EBOLA SURVIVORS “When Fatmata Kabia walked into the Ebola isolation center, her chances of survival were almost zero. Not because her symptoms were particularly bad -- though they were. Not because the disease had already killed most of her family -- though it had. Kabia, 21, appeared doomed for another reason: She was pregnant.” [WaPo]
CONGRESS’ FRESHMEN GET TO WORK TODAY Meet the 58 new faces on Capitol Hill. [AP]
TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR STUART SCOTT The longtime ESPN anchor whose 2014 ESPY speech inspired a generation of cancer patients died yesterday at the age of 49. Tributes poured in, from the president to his fellow anchors. [ESPN]
IT’S OFFICIAL: RAMS OWNER PLANS TO BUILD LA STADIUM St. Louis, consider yourself on notice. [LA Times]
ALL THE CYBERSECURITY THREATS FOR NEXT YEAR We’re basically doomed. [Wired]
‘THE BACHELOR’ RETURNS TONIGHT As the women vie for Iowa farmer bachelor Chris Soules’ roses, lines like “you can plow my field any day” are about to become commonplace. [People]
12 MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS Meryl’s set to star in a movie about an aging rockstar -- yes, please. [HuffPost]
LUDA’S BACK With a 20 minute mixtape called “Ludaverses.” [Vulture]
WHEN ALL YOUR SHOWS RETURN Although you’re probably still slogging through the Netflix release of “Friends.” [HuffPost]
WHAT WE LEARN FROM THANK YOU NOTES “There is no greater gift for parents to give their children or for any of us to give our friends and family than the gift of gratitude, and that begins with thank you notes. If you have not already done so, take a quiet moment to think about the blessings of the season and write a thank you note to everyone who made it special for you.” [HuffPost]
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AMAL CLOONEY: EGYPT SHOULD FREE AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST “On 1 January 2015, the Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a ruling upholding the appeal filed by Mohamed Fahmy to overturn his conviction and 7-year sentence. In so doing, Egypt's highest court has recognized that there were legal errors in the original trial. But instead of releasing Fahmy, the Court ordered a retrial and declined to grant him bail. The Court's reasoning and the position of the prosecution on the re-trial are due to be published in the coming weeks.” [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Is this a new Rihanna song?
~ Love is in the air -- at least, on online dating websites, which saw their highest traffic of the year yesterday.
~ We’re not sure if this magazine cover is actually Kim Kardashian.
~ Don’t worry -- Ricky Martin isn’t dead.
~ Meet the camera vying to replace GoPro (at least, for the more mundane moments).
~ We have more “Ant-Man” teasers.
~ Hayden Panettiere’s baby is almost as cute as she is.
~ A fighter jet breaking the sound barrier.
~ When you make an old-school monster movie without CGI.
~ Brad Pitt wants to make sure you know how to pronounce David Oyelowo’s name.
~ Usher might be engaged!
~ What “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice can expect for her first day of prison today.
~ And ICYMI, here’s Kevin Spacey singing “Piano Man.”
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