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Daily Briefing: Red, roller blades and OT



The Kansas City Chiefs have won back-to-back Super Bowls. Also in the news: President Joe Biden’s personal lawyer accused a special prosecutor who questioned the president’s mental fitness of having political motives. A child is in critical condition after a shooting at a Texas megachurch.

🙋🏼‍♀️ I’m Nicole Fallert, Daily Briefing author. Should Super Bowl Monday be a national holiday?

Here’s everything you need to know this Monday.

A victory in red: All the highlights from Super Bowl 58

The Kansas City Chiefs have cemented themselves as the next dynasty in the NFL, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Super Bowl 58 Sunday night for their third title in five seasons. 

The big game had something for everyone: Exciting play that pulled the game into overtime; celebrities provided that Vegas glam and a jam-packed halftime show featured feathers and roller blades.

This newsletter isn’t Chiefs biased…but here’s where Kansas City fans can buy USA TODAY’s Super Bowl 58 commemorative cover.

Israel presses toward Rafah as US demands plan to protect civilians

Israel’s determination to pursue Hamas militants into the overcrowded city of Rafah in southern Gaza threatens civilian lives, a decades-long peace treaty with Egypt and progress in cease-fire negotiations. In a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, President Joe Biden reiterated his view that Israel should not carry out an expected military operation in Rafah without plans to prioritize civilian safety. More than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents are now located in Rafah, which Israel says stands as Hamas’ last stronghold. Read more

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Apologies, politics and prosecution: What’s happening in DC right now

The president’s lawyer goes on TV to defend his client’s mental acuity. The likely Republican presidential nominee heads toward winning one unprecedented court case and losing another. And the House speaker tries to figure out how to get his raucous caucus to pass even legislation they support. We’ve had embattled presidents, stalemated Congresses and inflammatory campaigns before, of course, but usually not all at once. Washington has descended into a certain kind of chaos.

Woman slain by officers after opening fire in Osteen megachurch in Houston

Off-duty officers shot and killed a woman who claimed she had a bomb and opened fire with a rifle in Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday, leaving a 5-year-old child in critical condition after being hit by gunfire. The woman, wearing a trench coat and escorting the child, walked into Osteen’s Lakewood church in between services. Two officers fired and struck the woman, striking the child, police said. Osteen is one of the highest profile pastors in the country who presides over services attended by tens of thousands. Read more

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is back in the hospital

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was rushed to the hospital Sunday for symptoms of an “emergent” bladder issue and admitted to the critical care unit, less than a month after his previous secret stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center sparked controversy. Austin’s hospitalization comes at a pivotal moment as he prepares for a meeting of key allies in Europe over aid to Ukraine in its defense against Russia’s illegal invasion. He is scheduled to meet with allies providing military aid, and with defense chiefs from NATO in Brussels. Read more

Photo of the day: Carnival revelers celebrate around the world

As 2024 carnival celebrations are underway, take a look at how revelers are taking part in festivities now and have in years past all around the world.

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Associated Press contributed reporting.

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