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Snow? What snow? Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.
What’s it like outside? Heavy showers ended early, but it’s going to be really windy, so hang on to your bloomers. Remarkably, it will be in the low 50s. Watch for really deep puddles of melted snow.
While you were sleeping: Well, this is interesting: Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about PEOTUS Donald Trump, and the FBI is investigating, trying to figure out whether it’s true. The allegations are contained in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British MI6 agent who was posted in Russia in the ‘90s and whose past work intelligence agencies have found credible.
This report apparently has been circulating around D.C. since last summer, but journalists steered clear since it couldn’t be corroborated. But CNN found out from sources that a two-page synopsis was included in the intelligence briefings given to President Obama, Trump, and eight congressional leaders last week because our top spies found the British agent and his sources credible enough to alert US leaders.
That synopsis also included another explosive claim from the longer report: That there was a constant exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government. News orgs haven’t published details; let’s see how this one plays out today. Both Trump and a spokesman for Vladimir Putin called the allegations a “witch hunt.”
Elsewhere, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, who took over just last month, had angioplasty surgery after meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. He’s supposed to go to London Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May. Pack some stents ... China said it’s committed to peace and stability in Asia, then sent an aircraft carrier battle group through the Taiwan Strait.
Hey, sport: The Celtics lost to Toronto, so they didn’t tie the Raptors for second place in the Eastern Conference. They’re home tonight, facing the Washington Wizards at TD Garden (8 p.m., CSNHD and 98.5 FM). The Bruins won.
It’s been 168 days since Trump’s last press conference on July 27, a session that was remarkable -- or perhaps not -- for the number of falsehoods told by the then-candidate. (The Washington Post created an annotated version; click on the highlighted passages.) At today’s presser, at 11 a.m. at Trump Tower in NYC, the president-elect has said he will outline his plans to separate his business interests from his presidency.
Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing, Part Deux: The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from the senator yesterday; today it will take testimony from those who support and oppose his nomination as AG. Officials from the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, both of which Sessions once called “un-American,” will testify, as will Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and a civil rights leader, and Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey and the first sitting senator to testify against another, and are expected to bring up accusations of racial bias that killed Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986.
Today’s confirmation hearings: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, nominated for secretary of State, is before the Foreign Relations Committee at 9 a.m., and Elaine Chao, nominated for Transportation secretary (and wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell), will answer questions from the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee at 10:15 a.m.
Time shifting: A special commission meets at the State House at 11 a.m. to start discussions on whether Massachusetts should move from the Eastern to the Atlantic time zone, and stay on Atlantic Standard Time all year round. We would gain more daylight at the end of the day in winter, but our clocks wouldn’t always mesh with our Eastern Seaboard neighbors. The time would be the same when other states spring forward from March to November, but an hour later when those states fall back.
Mass. Senate Prez Stan Rosenberg is holding a webinar at 3 p.m.to talk about how best to engage millennials (why are we so obsessed with them?) and get them involved in public and political life (oh, that’s why). He’s looking for millennial engagement ideas. If you have any, send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll use them in future Fast Forwards.
Finally, remember when Hasbro (based in Pawtucket, R.I.) let people vote on a new token for Monopoly in 2013, and voters decided to replace the iron with a cat? Well, sales must be slumping because they’re at it again, only this time you could theoretically replace the entire slate of little board pieces -- including with ... emojis??? The online voting is a virtual house, with the first room containing the eight current tokens -- Scottish terrier, battleship, car, top hat, thimble, boot, wheelbarrow, and the aforementioned cat -- and subsequent rooms holding 50 new pieces, including a hashtag, a thumbs up, a kissy emoji, as well as a T-Rex, a typewriter (yay!), a penguin, and more. You navigate through, clicking on the eight tokens you want (you can go back to deselect if you change your mind). You have until Jan. 31 to vote, and Hasbro will announce the winning tokens March 19. Please don’t go crazy.