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TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE CALLS PRESIDENT’S ATTACK ON JUDGE ‘DEMORALIZING’ U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch reportedly said remarks President Donald Trump had made about the federal judge who had blocked his executive order were “disheartening.” [HuffPost]
JEFF SESSIONS CONFIRMED AS ATTORNEY GENERAL The vote for his confirmation broke mostly on party lines. And take a look at Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tweetstorm saying she’ll persist after Sessions’ confirmation. [HuffPost]
TRUMP RAILS NORDSTROM FOR DROPPING IVANKA’S LINE The president reportedly believes Nordstrom was punishing Ivanka for his policies. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have told employees to stop displaying Ivanka Trump signage. [HuffPost]
HEART-WRENCHING PHOTOS SHOW TORNADOES’ DEVASTATION IN LOUISIANA At least 20 people were injured by the seven tornadoes that hit southeast Louisiana, including parts of the state Hurricane Katrina previously ravaged. [HuffPost]
$48 BILLION ANTHEM-CIGNA MERGER BLOCKED Government antitrust officials successfully argued that the merger would lead to less competition and higher prices. [Reuters]
THE CELL PHONE SURVEILLANCE TOOLS YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT MAY HAVE ON HAND “The majority of these departments have at least one of two main types of digital-age spy tools: cellphone interception devices, used to covertly track or grab data from nearby mobile devices, and cellphone extraction devices, used to crack open locked phones that are in police possession and scoop out all sorts of private communications and content.” [City Lab]
THIS WOMAN GAVE BIRTH IN A JAIL CELL AFTER BEING LOCKED UP FOR A DRIVING OFFENSE Jessica Preston says Macomb County Jail refused to take her to the hospital when she said she was going into labor. [HuffPost]
TRUMP AIDE’S ‘AMERICA FIRST’ VIEWS UNVEILED “A senior national security official in the Trump administration wrote under a pseudonym last year that Islam is an inherently violent religion that is ‘incompatible with the modern West,’ defended the World War II-era America First Committee, which included anti-Semites, as ‘unfairly maligned,’ and called diversity ‘a source of weakness, tension and disunion.’” [HuffPost]
‘WHEN SURVIVING CHILDHOOD MEANS KILLING YOUR FATHER’ “Bresha Meadows shot her abusive dad to save her family, she says. Now her entire future is at stake.” [HuffPost]
IRANIAN BABY BARRED FROM ENTRY DURING TRAVEL BAN ENTERS U.S. FOR LIVE-SAVING SURGERY Four-month-old Fatemeh Reshad will receive treatment at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. [HuffPost]
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T HATE JURY DUTY ENOUGH... J.P. Morgan is being accused of “nickel-and-diming jurors on debit cards.” [Bloomberg]
THIS SEASON OF ‘SNL’ IS ITS MOST-WATCHED IN 22 YEARS Because it’s all a little too real. [HuffPost]
QUIT YOUR JOB NOW A chocolate-tasting gig for Mondelez International, which produces Cadbury and Oreoes, is open. [HuffPost]
RANKING THE 33 TOP POP DIVAS’ FIRST SINGLES There are some serious gems here ― “...Baby One More Time,” “Crazy In Love” and “Genie In A Bottle” ― just to name a few. [HuffPost]
‘THE OA’ IS RETURNING FOR A SEASON 2 Fulfilling all your hopes and dreams. You could say we were slightly obsessed with the first go-round. [HuffPost]
TOM HIDDLESTON FINALLY SPEAKS ABOUT THAT ROMANCE He swears everything with Taylor Swift was real ― down to the I <3 TS shirt. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ “These are the moments of Aleppo’s demise that I’ll never forget.”
~ Lady Gaga has no time for body shamers after her epic halftime performance.
~ We are all about the Queen of England’s new “side-hustle.”
~ Another (another?!) cockroach was found inside someone’s head. We are absolutely going to have nightmares.
~ The “Magic School Bus” is returning, and none other than our favorite Kate McKinnon will voice the beloved Ms. Frizzle.
~ Subscribing to The New York Times now comes with free Spotify. Can you say #millennials?
~ The average American woman spends $10,000 over her lifetime shaving unwanted hair.
~ Looks like there’s some Final Five drama, according to Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas’s tweets.
~ This data algorithm that might be able to track serial killers.
~ Beyoncé is being sued for $20 million for sampling the voice of a deceased New Orleans rapper.
~ And we hardly recognized Allison Williams with her new blond hair.