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*Sunny high 46 today...the Mardi Gras forecast for Saturday isn't looking so good so far


LOCAL

*A disturbing video is making the rounds on Facebook and the FBI is warning people to not share it. The video contains disturbing video involving a child. Police say to contact law enforcement if it gets sent to you. 

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Early voting is set to begin for the Illinois primary, but millions of voters won't have the option because of pending candidate challenges.

Illinois' two most-populated counties, Cook and DuPage, are delaying until as late as Feb. 21 to wait out final decisions on several races. More than 3.5 million voters, including in Chicago, are affected.


NATIONAL

More Texts Between FBI Employees In Russia Probe Released - 

New texts between two FBI employees show how murky the Russia probe is.

The President is reacting to a report about text messages between two FBI lovers and a discussion about talking points for now-former President Obama. Trump tweeted in all caps that the texts are "bombshells!"

In one exchange between Peter Strzok [[ struck ]] and Lisa Page, there is a reference to Obama wanting to know everything about the Hillary Clinton email investigation. They were prepping then-FBI Director James Comey [[ COE-me ]] for an upcoming briefing with Obama.

In other texts, Strzok and Page were critical of then-presidential candidate Trump. Tens of thousands of emails between Strzok and Page have been released. 

Source: Washington Post


Philadelphia Eagles QB Will Keynote National Prayer Breakfast - 

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will deliver the keynote speech at this morning's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Wentz will stand in for Vice President Mike Pence who miss the prayer breakfast because he's leading the U.S. delegation at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Wentz led the Eagles to the number one seed in the playoffs, which he missed.

The second-year pro was lost for the season when he tore his ACL in December. He watched as backup Nick Foles quarterbacked the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. 

Source: CBS Sports


*Rob Porter, a senior White House official, announced Wednesday that he's resigning after his two ex-wives came forward with tales of physical and emotional abuse, evidenced by a photo one released of herself with a black eye.

Porter worked as a staff secretary, working as a top enforcer for Chief of Staff John Kelly. In that role he determined which policy proposals and articles were sent to Donald Trump.

Though some in the While House knew of the allegations against Porter since late last year, they learned the details late Tuesday when a reporter from the British tabloid the Daily Mail came forward with the story.

In a statement Porter said, "These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign." 

The Washington Post


*Russian hackers were able to penetrate "an exceptionally small number of" voter registration rolls prior to the 2016 election, according to a U.S. cyber-security official.

In an interview with NBC News, Department of Homeland Security chief Jeanette Manfra said she couldn't publicly reveal classified information, but did admit in 2016 that Russians did interfere with the election. Manfra said, "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated."

Jeh Johnson, who served as Department of Homeland Security secretary during this period, said, "2016 was a wake-up call and now it's incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again." 

NBC News


SPORTS

*The Blues are taking on the Colorado tonight, it's a home game


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