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NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MIKE FLYNN RESIGNS Flynn resigned late Monday, following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration. Here’s a recap of how former acting attorney general Sally Yates may have played a role in the retired general’s resignation. You can read Flynn’s resignation letter, as well as Russia’s tweet about the matter, which oddly enough featured a photo of hamburgers. Retired Gen. David Petraeus is in the running for his job. [HuffPost]
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONFIRMS DEPORTATION RAIDS Experts say there has been an uptick in Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation raids, with 680 people picked up last week. [HuffPost]
WATCHING A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS UNFOLD ― DURING DINNER AT MAR-A-LAGO The president was photographed reviewing information about North Korea’s missile actions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an outdoor patio table at his club, Mar-a-Lago. [HuffPost]
‘EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS’ OF TOXIC POLLUTANTS FOUND IN DEEPEST PARTS OF WORLD’S OCEANS “The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, reportedly provides the first evidence that man-made pollutants have reached the planet’s most far-off areas, according to those behind the research.” [HuffPost]
JERRY SANDUSKY’S SON CHARGED WITH CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE The adopted son of convicted child molester and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged after allegedly texting a minor to ask for naked photos. [HuffPost]
PSA: TODAY IS VALENTINE’S DAY In case you missed the memo, go buy some flowers for that special someone. Or chocolate for yourself. We will be doing the latter in celebration of the rival, far better holiday of Single’s Awareness Day. But everyone can enjoy these luxurious dinner recipes (for one or two). And here are all the food deals you can get (free burgers from Shake Shack > roses) in honor of the *holiday*. [HuffPost]
AT LEAST THIS VALENTINE’S DAY ANNOUNCEMENT IS ONE WORTH CELEBRATING “The Bachelor” franchise is getting its first black Bachelorette. [HuffPost]
‘MEET THE MILLENNIAL WHO WANTS TO SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’ “Indeed, Buttigieg’s career has been one well-manicured success story itself, as if conceived in a round of Democratic Mad Libs.” [HuffPost]
CAN YOU NAME THE CITY From its light signature? [Nautilus]
MARISSA ALEXANDER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ‘HER LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE’ “Alexander was thrust into the national spotlight in 2012 after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a single warning shot in the vicinity of her estranged husband, Rico Gray, during an altercation.” [HuffPost]
HERE’S WHAT THE GAS STATIONS OF IRAQ LOOK LIKE From the golden to the barren. [Wired]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ These tweets sum up Valentine’s Day for parents.
~ Hillary Clinton had some thoughts about Flynn’s resignation and #pizzagate.
~ Did you know this is how asparagus grows? We’ll admit to having no idea.
~ Physics is here to help you run faster.
~ This image blasted around the world was named Photo of the Year in the 2017 World Press Photo contest.
~ Wait, did we miss Adele getting married?
~ French Vogue makes history with first transgender cover model.
~ The American College of Physicians is changing its treatment recommendations for lower back pain.
~ Is Google Maps trying to be the next Facebook?
~ You have to love the absurd look of some of the oddball dogs entered in Westminster Kennel’s “Best In Show.”
~ Nick Cannon is no longer hosting “America’s Got Talent” after a disagreement over a racial joke he made in a separate stand-up show.
~ More proof that eldest siblings are more intelligent than the rest of the clan (Yes, the author of The Morning Email is the oldest of four, therefore 0 percent biased on this subject).