The Hit List: January 29, 2019

  1. Five Houston police officers were shot while serving warrants on Monday. Two were in critical as of Monday night. At least one suspect was killed, but it’s not clear whether there was more than one culprit involved.
  2. Chicago’s flirting with a record-low temperature in the next couple days. The record of 27 below was set in 1985, but could be eclipsed by forecasts of 23 below. The forecasted high of 14 below will be the coldest daily high ever.
  3. End in sight? Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is “close to being completed,” according to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The comment is the first from a Justice Department official; Team Mueller had no comment.
  4. Michael Bloomberg is rebuking former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for suggesting he’ll run for president as an independent. The former New York mayor who has toyed with his own independent bid said Democrats can’t afford to have the ticket split.
  5. Michael Cohen will testify before Congress on Feb. 8th. The former Trump fixer-turned-informant will speak behind closed doors, answering questions about his role in the Trump orbit. Last year he pled guilty to lying to Congress.
  6. Michael Jackson’s family is coming to the late performer’s defense in the wake of the molestation claims brought forth in the documentary “Leaving Neverland.” Michael’s family is furious at the media for giving into two “admitted liars” who they say falsely accused the star.
  7. A team of Israeli scientists think they’ve found the cure for cancer. Researcher Dan Aridor claims that within one year, there will be a cure. Their plan relies on using viruses that infect bacteria to go after tumors.
  8. U.S authorities rolled out a sweeping set of charges against Chinese electronics maker Huawei Technologies on Monday. Federal prosecutors are accusing the company of violating sanctions against Iran and selling trade secrets from a U.S. business partner.
  9. President Trump has accepted an offer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give the State of the Union speech on Feb. 5th. The speech had been delayed due to the government shutdown. Now that government’s open, Nancy seems to be playing ball.