The Skinny: Friday, January 30th, 2015

Today is my birthday and I am in DC doing tourist things so this will be quick. Real quick. Not the first time I’ve said that. Here we go. Let’s get The Skinny.



A prisoner swap with Jordan did not go through, so now the fate of a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese hostage are unknown.

ISIS has launched an attack on the northern Iraqi city of Kirkurk, which has a bunch of oil.

Bergdahl Swap

Bowe Bergdahl was swapped with the Taliban for 5 Gitmo detainees last year. It was controversial. Now at least one of those detainees has returned to help al Qaeda, and the swap is landing U.S. foreign policy in hot water. As we tell other countries not to negotiate with terrorists, this swap is making us look hypocritical.

Hernandez Trial

Aaron Hernandez is on trial for murder. That trial has begun. It’s expected to last several weeks/months. It doesn’t look great for Hernandez, but there is no murder weapon or clear motive. It’s all circumstantial.


ISIS-aligned militants attacked army and police positions on the Sinai Peninsula, killing 26, including some civilians. Egypt has been volatile since former President Mohamed Morsy was deposed in 2013.

Mexico City Hospital Blast

A massive natural gas explosion at a Mexico City maternity hospital killed 2 babies and 1 nurse. That’s bad, but not nearly as bad as original reports nor concerns.

Missing Plane

Still missing. 327 days.



Dow: 17,417, +225 (+1.31%)  S&P 500: 2,021, +19 (+0.95%)


It’s not all great, though. This morning it was reported that the U.S. economy grew at a slower rate over the last 3 months than forecasted.

Market Snacks


Super Bowl – Super Bowl. Sunday. 6:30pET. Get pumped.

Golf – Tiger sucked yesterday. Badly. Couldn’t chip. Couldn’t drive. Couldn’t really golf. He’s +2 and just teed off for round 2 a few minutes ago.

Tennis – Andy Murray will face Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. Djokovic defeated Stan Wawrinka in a 5-set thriller today.

Other Sports – Not that important right meow.



Rap mogul Suge Knight was arrested and is being charged with murder. Not good. Not good for him. Not good at all.


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Super Important Fact

There are more atoms in a single glass of water than there are glasses of water in all the oceans on planet Earth. #science

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Boom. Happy birthday me. DC is cool. Let’s go check it out.


George; Cover Photo

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  1. Champ Plowed riggs pup
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:11 AM

    I do not know how I feel about the first week of NHL after the all star break falling into “Not that important right now”. Happy Birthday you mutt.


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