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01/18/2017 08:22 am ET Updated Jan 18, 2017

Wednesday's Morning Email: Why Obama May Be Known As The Clemency President

The president has commuted 1,385 sentences, the most of any president in history.
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA COMMUTES CHELSEA MANNING’S SENTENCE, THOSE OF OVER 200 MORE FEDERAL PRISONERS Chelsea Manning, “the U.S. soldier whom prosecutors deemed a traitor for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks,” will be released May 17. By granting clemency to 209 federal prisoners Tuesday, Obama hascommuted sentences for 1,385 individuals. He has granted more commutations than any president in history. [Ryan Reilly, HuffPost]

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES 18 MILLION WOULD LOSE INSURANCE IF OBAMACARE IS REPEALED Premiums would also increase substantially if the “repeal-and-delay” strategy continues. President-elect Donald Trump has walked back his promise of health care for everyone. This Washington Post graphic breaks down how your insurance could change under the various Republican plans to replace the health care law. And just in case it needs to be stated ― Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. [Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost]

GEORGE H.W. BUSH HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED IN HOUSTON The former president is listed in stable condition. [Reuters]

THIS U.S. PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP CENTRAL AMERICAN REFUGEES HAS ONLY RELOCATED ONE FAMILY “Death threats here have short grace periods ― often just 24 hours.” [Danielle Mackey, HuffPost]

LOOKS LIKE SNOWDEN IS STAYING IN RUSSIA For at least a few more years. [Reuters]

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR KILLING ORLANDO POLICEWOMAN AND HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND Markeith Loyd was arrested after a standoff in an abandoned home. [Reuters]

HUFFPOST WILL BE LIVE-STREAMING OUR DNC DEBATETONIGHT Tune into our HuffPost Politics Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST. And here’s everything you need to know about the race. [Zach Carter and Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

WHAT’S BREWING

YOUR MOM IS GOING TO LIKE THIS ARTICLE About people putting down their devices at cafes without Wi-Fi and talking to each other. [WSJ | Paywall]

KATE MIDDLETON THREW SOME SHADE WHEN ASKED IF HER HUSBAND WOULD BE RUNNING A MARATHON All while wearing this rather funky floral number. [People]

MIND. BLOWN. Did you know that the drawer underneath your oven isn’t for storage? It’s a “warming drawer.” Yeah, we had no idea either. [Lifehacker]

TURNS OUT A BUNCH OF CELEBRITY BABIES MAY HAVE BEEN SUCKING ON MOLD A baby teether toy in the shape of a giraffe popular among celebrities is having a viral moment after parents are cutting it open to find mold. [Buzzfeed]

THE DANGEROUS BACKSTORIES OF ‘PUNK’D’ From high-speed chases to weapons, the show often didn’t show some of its more “compromising” footage. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ Disney has finally revealed the connections between all its Pixar films.

~ Not that you should need reassurance ― but here are the numbers on why vaccines are safe and necessary.

~ According to Trump, he doesn’t like tweeting.

~ A woman who claims Trump sexually assaulted her has sued for defamation.

~ You can now read parts of the CIA’s “secret history” online.

~ And the designer dressing Melania Trump for the inauguration is ....

~ Why one adult baby is making ‘The Bachelor’ Great Again.

~ The story behind the two Bibles Trump will be sworn in with on Inauguration Day.

~ Betty White continued to be a boss, turned 95 yesterday. We adore these tweets celebrating her greatness.

~ The possible blood test for concussions.

~ Don’t move to this city if you’re afraid of roaches.

~ And there is currently an internet war over who is bigger: Drake or Nelly. We’re with Vulture ― there is NO question that Nelly is the more successful artist. And yes, we are blatantly St. Louis biased here. 

 

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