Catching up on this morning’s news? Here are today’s top stories:
1. Planned Parenthood funding is safe, for now. The Republican-led effort to defund the organization of the $528 million it gets in direct federal funding and Medicaid reimbursements failed in the Senate. The final vote was 53-46, falling short of the 60 the measure needed to advance. While defunding the multifaceted organization with comprehensive women’s health services has been a priority for conservative politicians, the release of four secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood professionals speaking about fetal tissue donation provided more fuel to the fire.
2. Last night was a wild night for the 14 Republican presidential candidates who gathered in New Hampshire at the Voters First Forum. Each candidate had a chance to individually respond to questions on topics including illegal immigration, Planned Parenthood and climate change. In two hours, all 14 candidates were called on stage and had their time in the spotlight. While not a debate, as no candidate was allowed to address another directly, it proved that it will be difficult for such a large field of candidates to share the stage on Thursday.
3. Tremaine Wilbourn, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton, was caught on Monday. After a two-day manhunt, Wilbourn was brought in by U.S. Marshalls. They did not provide any information as to where and how Wilbourn was captured.
4. While Hillary Clinton continues to lead the polls in the Democratic field, more Americans view her more unfavorably now than they did a month ago. The poll was taken after The New York Times reported that Clinton was facing criminal inquiry over her emails as Secretary of State but before those stories were corrected. It’s not all bad news for Clinton though, who is still viewed more favorably than Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, two of her top Republican rivals.
5. The Schumer cousins teamed up to prevent gun violence yesterday. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and comedian Amy Schumer appeared together at a joint-press conference to press for legislation to increase gun control in the wake of a deadly shooting at a screening of her film “Trainwreck” in a Louisiana movie theater last month.
In case you missed it:
- Canada sent a friendly, hitchhiking robot to America. We destroyed it. (Mic)
- Republicans didn’t like the framework for AP U.S. History so The College Board made major changes to it. (Vox)
- There’s “No Doubt” it’s a sad day for Gwen Stefani as she and her husband have filed for divorce after almost 13 years of marriage. (Associated Press)
- Marvel released the “Deadpool” movie trailer featuring Ryan Reynolds. (Uproxx)
- Two people were shot and wounded outside of a J. Cole and Big Sean concert outside PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. (CBS Local)