CHECK IN – Daily News, Weather and Sports – February 16, 2016



Republicans plan to block any Obama Supreme Court nomination

Senate Republicans have begun to rally behind the vow of majority leader, Mitch McConnell, to block any Supreme Court nomination by President Obama to replace recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. The Supreme Court opening has given Obama a substantial opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court before the end of his term. However, to do so, the President will have to find a way to compromise with or break the will of the primarily Republican Senate. Top White House officials are currently discussing ways to counter the Republican blockade.


U.S. closes slave labor loophole

For the past decade, the federal government has allowed some imports from companies which derive their products from slave labor. However, the U.S. Senate has decided this will not continue by voting to close a loophole in the Tariff Act of1930. The loophole was closed by a landslide bipartisan vote of 75-20. Senator Ron Wyden stated, “The old system leaves the door open to child or slave labor if it’s used in a product that is not made here in the U.S.– that system absolutely must end, and it will.”


Lincoln Memorial to be refurbished

Philanthropist David Rubenstein has donated an $18 million gift to refurbish the Lincoln Memorial. Rubenstein has already donated tens of millions of dollars to fix other significant landmarks, like the Washington Monument. Some minor repairs have already been made to the decaying monument. The National Parks Service is seeking to utilize the large gift to restore the monument to its original state.


Cattle walking on Virginia highway

The driver of a livestock tractor trailer which overturned on a Virginia highway was recently charged with reckless driving. The driver allegedly ran the trailer off the side of the highway, and it overturned on the median divider at about 5:30am on Monday. Many cattle escaped the overturned truck, and were wandering on the highway. Police were able to round up the last cattle at about 4pm.


President of Mount St. Mary’s College refuses to resign

President Simon Newman of Mount St. Mary’s University has announced he will not be resigning, despite the majority of the school’s faculty requesting his resignation. The faculty request came after Newman announced an initiative which identify freshman students at risk of failure and offer them ways to exit the university with tuition reimbursement, and so on. Newman claimed the initiative would increase the college’s student retention rate and allow it to claim national rankings.

DC Spotlight Check in - PRESIDENTIAL POLLSCNN Polls Courtesy of:


Clinton: 59%

Sanders: 40%


Trump: 42%

Cruz: 20%

Rubio: 15%

Carson: 6%

Bush: 6%

Kasich: 9%

DC Spotlight Check in - GAME SCORES

Washington Wizards: No Game

Washington Capitals: No Game

Washington Redskins: End of Season

Washington Nationals: End of Season

Washington Mystics: End of Season

DC Spotlight Check in - WEATHER

DC Spotlight Check in - EVENTS THIS WEEKFebruary 16 at 6:30 PM – Jam Session, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001,

February 17 at 8:00 PM – Bryan Adams, DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006,

February 18 at 4 PM – Nicolas Henin – Jihad Academy, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008,

February 18 at 7:30 PM – Utah Jazz at the Washington Wizards (Rescheduled from January), Verizon Center, Washington, DC,601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, tickets for sale

February 18 at 8:00 PM – Eli Young Band, 8656 Colesville Rd Silver Spring MD,

February 19 at 7:30 PM – The Glass Menagerie, 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004,

February 19 at 7:35 PM – Missouri Comets at Baltimore Blast, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201,

February 20 at 6:00 PM – Ethan Canin – A Doubter’s Almanac, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008,

February 20 at 8:00 PM – Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004,

February 20 at 8:00 PM Invincible – A Glorious Tribute To The King of Pop, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004,

February 21 at 4:00 PM Bella Hristova, violinist, 1600 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20009,

February 21 at 8:00 PM – 2Cellos, Dar Constitution Hall – 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006,

February 21 at 8:00 PM – Bryson Tiller, 8656 Colesville Rd Silver Spring MD,

DC Spotlight Check in - QUOTE OF THE DAY“Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

-Walt Whitman


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