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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS “President Donald Trump’s administration announced on Wednesday that it will no longer bar schools from discriminating against transgender students, rescinding a policy put in place by the previous administration.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was reportedly against rescinding the order and initially resisted signing off on it. Inauguration singer Jackie Evancho, whose sister Juliet is a transgender teenager, said she wanted to meet with the president about the need for transgender equality, and other celebrities spoke out against the change. [HuffPost]
NASA FOUND SEVEN EARTH-SIZED PLANETS ORBITING NEARBY DWARF STAR All seven could potentially have water ― and alien life. And it’s only a mere 39 light years away. [HuffPost]
MAJOR MOSUL OPERATION UNDERWAY TO OUST ISIS “U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said.” [Reuters]
HERE’S HOW MUCH IT COSTS TO PROTECT TRUMP TOWER IN NYC EACH DAY Where the first lady currently resides. [HuffPost]
FINAL DNC CHAIR DEBATE A CONTENTIOUS AFFAIR The vote to determine the next head of the Democratic party takes place Saturday. [HuffPost]
SOMEONE JUST WON A $435 MILLION POWERBALL If you are that person, and really don’t want your life to change because of something as silly as the lottery and loads of money, we here at The Morning Email would be happy to take that ticket off your hands. [HuffPost]
AND NOW THAT WE ARE DOWN TO A LITTLE UNDER 85 HOURS UNTIL THE OSCARS To celebrate, check out our final predictions, what this crazy award ceremony looked like 30 years ago (Tom Hanks was SO YOUNG), why “Zootopia” might have been the most political movie this past year, and the snubbed feminist movie you may have missed this season. [HuffPost]
‘I TRACKED MYSELF WITH $170 SMARTPHONE SOFTWARE THAT ANYONE CAN BUY’ “For a relatively small fee, you can snoop on someone’s messages, call logs, photos, and location from across the planet.” [Motherboard]
HERE’S AN ONLY SLIGHTLY ALARMING VIDEO OF A MASSIVE CHUNK OF ICEBERG ABOUT TO BREAK OFF ANTARCTICA Anyone having “Day After Tomorrow” vibes watching this? Anyone? [HuffPost]
AND THEN THERE WERE TWO Cities left standing in the race for the 2024 Olympics after four cities vying for it dropped out. [HuffPost]
THIS HORROR FILM ABOUT RACISM ACHIEVED THE ULTIMATE HONOR A 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Reality is stranger than fiction: It’s full-on “House of Cards” in Azerbaijan as President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mehriban, to become the country’s first ever vice president.
~ Meet the first woman to lead Scotland Yard.
~ While we like the new Washington Post masthead, the Twitter rewrites of it are too good to miss.
~ Anna Kendrick has some feelings about being a bridesmaid.
~ This video shows how close Harrison Ford was to disaster in this dangerous plane landing.
~ Say goodbye to your productivity and hello to Instagram galleries.
~ We have to admit, we love the idea of Brad Garrett (aka Robert from “Everybody Loves Raymond”) starring in an investigative journalism TV dramaseries.
~ Why an obsession with Princess Diana endures.
~ If you thought your mom had some thoughts about the phone at the dinner table, you should hear Pope Francis...
~ Start saving now: Pappy Van Winkle is releasing a rare, 25-year-old bourbon.
~ This is why you’re seeing red X’s all over Facebook today.
~ And a “Jeopardy!” contestant managed to flip off Alex Trebek ... and all of us.