In today’s news, Governor Christie of New Jersey is back in the headlines as the Feds investigate the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds; a Southwest Airlines plane lands at the wrong airport in Missouri; and protestors in Thailand try to shut down the capitol by blocking the streets. Meanwhile, the world is buzzing about the 2014 Golden Globes—the winners, losers, best-dressed, worst-dressed, and the J-Lawrence photo bomb.
-Maura + Veronica
Gates Clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political http://rtvote.com/1d0Qr6z
Former defense secretary Robert Gates made some clarifications on Monday regarding his book Duty. The book caused controversy for President Obama and Hillary Clinton when it appeared as though Gates was arguing that President Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq for political purposes. In order to clarify, Gates stated that President Obama’s opposition remained consistent with his opposition to the war and it was not done for political reasons.
Feds investigating Christie’s use of Sandy relief fundshttp://rtvote.com/1eA96sL
It seems like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey cannot escape the front-page news scandals. The newly reelected governor is now being investigated by federal officials on his use of relief funds from Superstorm Sandy, just days after dismissing his two top advisors for their role in the George Washington Bridge Scandal. In the new review, federal auditors will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million for a tourism ad campaign that starred Christie and his family.
Southwest Airlines plane lands at wrong Missouri airporthttp://rtvote.com/JVbjWp
A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago’s Midway International Airport was scheduled to land Sunday night in a southwest Missouri airport, but instead touched down at an airport 7 miles away with a much shorter runway. Thankfully, no one was injured in the landing of this Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation to figure out what happened.
Thai protesters create huge traffic jam to shut down capital http://rtvote.com/JVcXHG
Peaceful – but large – protests began in Thailand today as anti-government demonstrators seized key intersections across the country’s capital of Bangkok. The protesters want to derail next month’s elections, overthrow the prime minister, and are accusing the government of corruption. They are vowing to shut down the country of 12 million people and stay in the streets as long as it takes to achieve their goals.
West Virginians warn of lessons from chemical spill http://rtvote.com/1dpZDI2
West Virginia is still cleaning up after a chemical spill last Thursday leaked 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the public water supply in nine of the state’s counties, affecting 15% of the state’s population. More than 30 people have sought treatment at hospitals for symptoms such as nausea and WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for much of the southwest section of the state where the spill occurred. More than 300,000 residents are without access to clean tap water and are seeking ways to bathe, drink, and cook until the issue is resolved.
2014 Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List, http://rtvote.com/1gAvC6v
Amy Poehler Breaks Losing Streak at Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1kxSR6K
Jennifer Lawrence Photobombs Taylor Swift at 2014 Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1ce9b2u
Game of Thrones Season Four Trailer Premiers, http://rtvote.com/1hPA6tw
True Detective: What Did You Think of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s HBO Detective Drama?, http://rtvote.com/1hiwWeY