After his immunity claim was rejected by an appeals court, former President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to weigh in. And Tiger Woods is putting Nike in the past, announcing a new clothing line of his own. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024.
Donald Trump turns to Supreme Court after immunity claim denied
Former President Donald Trump is turning to the Supreme Court as he claims immunity from prosecution over acts he allegedly committed while serving in the White House. On Monday, Feb. 12, Trump’s legal team urged the high court to pause his criminal case that accuses the former president of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
A federal appeals court in Washington ruled last week that Trump does not have immunity from the charges. The court gave Trump until Monday, Feb. 12, to take his case to the Supreme Court. Trump’s lawyers said, “Without immunity from criminal prosecution, the presidency as we know it will cease to exist.”
Trump’s team said a pause would give them more time to review the lower court’s ruling and take the case to the full D.C. Circuit or the Supreme Court itself.
It’s not known when the justices will decide on a pause in the election interference case. The former president has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed by special counsel Jack Smith. No trial date has been set as of yet, with the original date of Mar. 4 being postponed due to the appeals.
Biden seeks 6-week pause in fighting in Gaza
The United States is continuing to work on a deal that would see a temporary pause in the fighting in Gaza and the release of the remaining hostages taken by Hamas. During a joint news conference with King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House on Monday, Feb. 12, Biden spoke of the plan.
“…the United States is working on a hostage deal between Israel and Hamas which would bring immediate and sustained period of calm to Gaza for at least six weeks, which we could then take the time to build something more enduring. Over the past month, I’ve had calls with Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as the leaders of Egypt and Qatar, to push this forward,” Biden said. “The key elements of the deal are on the table. There are gaps that remain, but I’m encouraging Israeli leaders to keep working to achieve the deal. The United States will do everything possible to make it happen.”
CIA Director William Burns is expected in Egypt on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to discuss the hostage deal further. Both the president and King Abdullah called on Israel to refrain from a planned ground operation in the Gaza town of Rafah, where more than one million displaced Palestinians are sheltering.
The Jordan leader said an Israeli invasion in Rafah “is certain to create another humanitarian catastrophe.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said a ground operation in Rafah will move forward once a plan is in place to move people from the city.
1 killed, 5 wounded in shooting at NYC subway stop
One person was killed and five others injured after shooting erupted at an elevated train platform in the Bronx on Monday afternoon, Feb. 12. According to police, the shooting happened around 4:30 in the afternoon when workers and students were beginning evening commutes.
Police said shots rang out after an argument between two groups of teens escalated. The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but police said a 34-year-old man was killed while a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, along with a 28-year-old, 29-year-old, and 71-year-old, were wounded. At least four of the wounded were said to have serious injuries.
Police are looking for the person who pulled the trigger and have not ruled out the possibility of multiple shooters.
Northeast braces for storm that could bring biggest snowfall in 2 years
Millions of people in the northeast are bracing for a winter storm that could see the area’s biggest snowfall in two years. The National Weather service said the nor’easter has the chance to bring heavy snow, gusty winds and moderate coastal flooding, with six to 12 inches of snowfall expected in parts of the region.
New York City issued its first winter storm warning since 2022 and switched public schools to virtual learning. In Boston, classes are canceled at all public schools ahead of the storm. The mayors of both cities urged drivers to stay off the roads.
Tiger Woods unveils new ‘Sun Day Red’ clothing line
After ending his 27-year relationship with Nike in January, Tiger Woods promised there would be another chapter to his story, and now we know what that is. The 15-time major golf champion unveiled a new lifestyle brand on Monday, Feb. 12, called “Sun Day Red,” in partnership with TaylorMade.
The name is a nod to the red shirts Woods wears during the final rounds of tournaments. Woods and TaylorMade are no strangers to each other, as he’s been using their clubs since 2017. Woods will debut the Sun Day Red line at this week’s Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles, and then sales are set to launch on May 1.
Super Bowl LVIII sets new television viewership records
The ratings are in, and it’s official: Sunday’s, Feb. 12 Super Bowl was the most-watched television broadcast ever. The game averaged 123.4 million viewers across all of CBS’ platforms, beating last year’s Super Bowl rating record of 115.1 million viewers.
It’s another historic mark for Super Bowl LVIII, which saw the Kansas Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in overtime to become back-to-back champions. Next year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans will air on Fox.
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