The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to block a lower court ruling requiring Republican-drawn congressional districts in Pennsylvania to be reworked immediately, boosting Democratic hopes of winning control this year of the U.S. House of Representatives. Justice Samuel Alito denied an emergency application filed by Republicans to stop the immediate reworking of the electoral district boundaries, preserving a ruling by the state's top court that they had unlawfully sought partisan advantage over the Democrats in drawing the maps.
President Donald Trump's war on opioids is beginning to look more like a war on his drug policy office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a day. The main response so far has been to call for a border wall and to promise a "just say no" campaign. ... Conway touts her opioids effort as policy-driven, telling Politico recently that her circle of advisers help "formalize and centralize strategy, coordinate policy, scheduling and public awareness" across government agencies. read more
The Philadelphia Eagles' flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy. In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Etrz with 2:21 to go Sunday night. Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33. Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot's 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead. Then Brady got his team to midfield before his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.
If you watch the big game for the breaks, TiVo's got the button for you. This coming Sunday, February 4, is the day TV fans wait all year for. Sure, the big game's great and all, but for those who tune in for the multi-million-dollar commercials and the world's biggest halftime show, we've got the perfect solution: TiVo GameSkip. This first-time feature turns SkipMode™ upside-down. After recording the big game, look for the on-screen SKIP icon next to the recording. Then hit play, press the SKIP button1 and your TiVo will jump to the beginning of the next commercial break! Kind of makes you want to give us a high-five, right?
An intoxicated man tried to smash a window on a truck parked at Seattle radio station KIRO in an event caught on a security camera. He then tried to climb a roof, a decision that did not end well for him. KIRO morning show host John Currey added his own play-by-play to the video. The end result is a great moment in broadcasting and vandalism. -- The Week read more