President Obama is posed to move on immigration reform. The leader of ISIS taunts the White House. And the Secret Service gets a failing grade for the fence jumping incident.
It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
Changes are coming: President Obama is ready to act on immigration reform by the end of the year. Speaking during a news conference today in Myanmar with opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Obama encouraged Congress to act on immigration. He said he told Republican Congressional leadership that he was interested in working on a legislative solution, but without one, he would bypass lawmakers and implement the changes by executive order. Things could get surly, if that happens.
"Missed me": It sure sounds like a taunt. An audio message purportedly of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls the U.S.-led coalition "terrified, weak and powerless," saying it's a "failure." Analysts believe the audio is authentic. The message comes just days after weekend reports that al-Baghdadi might have been hit in airstrikes. And just so you're fully up to speed, ISIS plans to start minting its own currency. If you're going to have an Islamic State, you've got to have your own money.
Critical care: A new Ebola patient will be transported to the United States from Sierra Leone for treatment, a government official told CNN. The patient is a surgeon who's a Sierra Leone national, but is married to a U.S. citizen and is a legal permanent resident. Treatment would take place at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, which has already treated two American Ebola patients. The doctor is expected to arrive this weekend, most likely Saturday, the official said.
4. RUSSIA BOMBERS
Long-haul flights: Here's some more evidence that we could be entering a new Cold War. Russia plans to send long-range bombers on patrol to the Gulf of Mexico. Defense minister Sergey Shoigu said this week that Russia needs to maintain its "military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico." Experts say Moscow appears to be reacting to what it considers to be Western meddling in Ukraine. The message seems to be: "You mess in our backyard, we'll mess in yours."
5. WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER
Secret Service #fail: The Department of Homeland Security is out with a review of September's fence jumping incident at the White House. The findings aren't kind to the Secret Service. Organizational confusion, gaps in training and a series of communication failures allowed Omar Gonzalez to jump the fence, run across the lawn and enter the White House. The report details alarm and radio systems that didn't work as planned, a chase foiled when Gonzalez disappeared into the bushes, and an officer who was supposed to release canines trained to take down intruders who reacted too late. The incident led to the Secret Service director's resignation.
Bonus No 6. COMET SCIENTIST SHIRT
Girls, girls, girls: Rosetta Project scientist Matt Taylor caused a firestorm this week with his choice of fashion during the European Space Agency's live stream of a space probe landing on a comet. Taylor initially sported a shirt featuring women in lingerie, possibly not the wisest choice of attire given all of the discussion surrounding the challenges for women in the tech and science fields. He later changed, but the damage had been done. Taylor is kind of the piñata of the science world right now, with everyone taking a whack at him.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Question of the day: Why is everyone naked (or is that nekked)?
- Salt lick: Look what this clam does with salt on a table.
- Pachyderm playtime: Adorable baby elephant Nandi takes a rambunctious dip in a kiddie pool at the Reid Park Zoo in Arizona.
- Whale of a time: A surprise for boaters in Norway.
- Environmental and artsy: A new bike path in the Netherlands collects solar energy during the day and glows at night. Plus, it looks cool.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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