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FBI Dir. Wray reveals that Rob Porter's background check was completed in July 2017, contradicting the White House's account that it was "ongoing."

Posted: Feb 14, 2018 11:13 AM
Updated: Feb 14, 2018 11:22 AM

Happy Valentine's Day! Turns out finances and sex are better for married folks. But don't fret, singles -- you win sleep. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. White House

President Trump publicly says he has full confidence in John Kelly, but talk of who might replace the embattled chief of staff is starting to heat up. Kelly is in hot water, of course, over the White House's handling of former staffer Rob Porter, who's accused of abusing his two ex-wives. The White House claims it didn't know about the allegations until recently, but FBI Director Christopher Wray blew that story out of the water when he testified the bureau repeatedly briefed the White House last year on its investigation into the aide.

Meanwhile, Michael Cohen, the President's personal lawyer, said he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own money. Daniels allegedly had a sexual encounter with Trump before his time in office, something Trump denies. So, why the payoff? Cohen said, "Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump."

2. Israel

Police in Israel say there's enough evidence to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges. The Prime Minister says he's innocent and nothing will come of the allegations. The evidence will be passed on to the attorney general, who'll make the decision on whether to indict Netanyahu. A Prime Minister must step down if convicted, but Netanyahu could face intense public and political pressure to quit before it gets that far.

3. Russia & US elections

The nation's intel chiefs gave lawmakers a stunning warning: Meddling with America's elections worked like a charm for the Russians in 2016, so there's "no doubt" they'll try it again during the 2018 midterms. But the warning to the Senate Intelligence Committee stands in sharp contrast to the Trump administration's insistence that claims of election interference from Russia are much ado about nothing. Lawmakers voiced fears that the US electoral system is just as unprepared to deal with this in 2018 as it was two years ago.

The US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also warned that the current risk of a global conflict is higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

4. South Africa

South Africa's ruling party wants President Jacob Zuma to resign, but he refuses to go. The African National Congress, once led by Nelson Mandela, recalled Zuma because of corruption scandals swirling around the 75-year-old leader. If he continues to defy his party's wishes, he could face a no-confidence vote by lawmakers as early as this week.

5. Iraq after ISIS

$88.2 billion. Iraq's minister of planning says that's how much the country needs to rebuild after the battle to kick out ISIS. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson helped pass the hat, urging coalition partners to contribute. He also announced $200 million in aid to support stabilization and early recovery initiatives in Syria. Iraq declared victory over ISIS at the end of last year, three years after the terror group seized large swaths of the country and neighboring Syria. About 18,000 people were killed and 36,000 others wounded by ISIS or in the battle to eradicate the terror group, an Iraqi official said.

WINTER OLYMPICS

WHITE-WATCH: Shaun White is snowboarding's first three-time Olympic gold medalist, after he won the halfpipe competition, securing Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

'A DAY IN THE LIFE OF' KOREAN PAIR: North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik got a huge cheer from the crowd as they took to the ice for the first time in the pairs skating short program. They danced to a Jeff Beck cover of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" and ended up in second place in the qualifying round.

MEN'S ICE HOCKEY: The men's ice hockey competition will get underway on Wednesday with USA taking on Slovenia and Slovakia taking on the gold medal favorite Olympic Athletes from Russia team. The start of this competition has been overshadowed by the absence of some of the sport's biggest stars after North America's NHL decided not to allow its players to participate.

VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE OLYMPICS: Later today, check out CNN's Christina Macfarlane's "Olympic Love Story" piece as we share the love on February 14.

CORRECTION: Yesterday, we said the women's OAR team lost to Sweden 5-0 in its first game. They actually lost to Canada. We're sorry for the error; thanks to everyone who pointed it out.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

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New dad

We may be in the middle of the Winter Olympics, but Michael Phelps is still making news, thanks to his new baby boy.

The greatest thing since ...

Lawmakers in Missouri are debating the really big issues, like whether to OK a bill marking July 7 as Sliced Bread Day.

Social snow

Social media's been on a kindness streak lately. It took just one tweet to get more than 100 people to shovel snow for Chicago's elderly after a recent storm.

Throw me a bone

First, some teens wanted to run for governor. Now, Kansas has had to deny a dog from throwing its hat in the ring.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

$19.6 billion

That's how much we'll spend on candy, cards and other goodies this Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We live in a racist country that hasn't figured it out yet."

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, on why it's important for the NBA to celebrate Black History Month

AND FINALLY ...

Great ball of fire

It's 42,000 matches, glued together to form a sphere. Wonder what happens if you light it up? (Click to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 727764

Reported Deaths: 13397
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Marion995211738
Lake53461965
Allen40457675
St. Joseph35506550
Hamilton35489408
Elkhart28433441
Tippecanoe22359218
Vanderburgh22284396
Porter18668307
Johnson17905377
Hendricks17180315
Clark12930191
Madison12592339
Vigo12431246
Monroe11858170
LaPorte11821210
Delaware10648185
Howard9865216
Kosciusko9378117
Hancock8251140
Bartholomew8052155
Warrick7771155
Floyd7649177
Grant7027174
Wayne7026199
Boone6679101
Morgan6555139
Dubois6150117
Marshall6005111
Dearborn579277
Cass5788105
Henry5688103
Noble558883
Jackson500872
Shelby490296
Lawrence4505120
Harrison434772
Gibson434692
Clinton427053
DeKalb426484
Montgomery423588
Whitley394739
Huntington389080
Steuben383857
Miami380666
Knox371890
Jasper363847
Putnam358860
Wabash353379
Adams340654
Ripley339170
Jefferson328881
White313254
Daviess295899
Wells291081
Decatur284292
Fayette279262
Greene277385
Posey271033
Scott265453
LaGrange265370
Clay259146
Washington240032
Randolph239781
Spencer232031
Jennings229549
Starke215453
Fountain212046
Sullivan211142
Owen198156
Fulton194740
Jay192530
Carroll188320
Orange182654
Perry182637
Rush172925
Vermillion168543
Franklin167735
Tipton162445
Parke145916
Blackford134632
Pike133234
Pulaski116445
Newton107234
Brown101641
Crawford99314
Benton98414
Martin88315
Warren81715
Switzerland7848
Union70810
Ohio56411
Unassigned0414

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1081518

Reported Deaths: 19428
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1256551400
Cuyahoga1117782115
Hamilton798901205
Montgomery513291014
Summit47080945
Lucas42049788
Butler38301584
Stark32242906
Lorain24958481
Warren24262298
Mahoning21511588
Lake20618369
Clermont19747238
Delaware18503133
Licking16410212
Fairfield16160199
Trumbull16019468
Medina15247264
Greene15043244
Clark13970299
Wood13065189
Portage12825203
Allen11626232
Richland11323199
Miami10661217
Muskingum8799133
Wayne8784211
Columbiana8766229
Pickaway8551121
Marion8514135
Tuscarawas8470244
Erie7871154
Hancock6906127
Ross6842155
Ashtabula6792170
Geauga6677148
Scioto6405101
Belmont5873167
Union570348
Lawrence5546102
Jefferson5521151
Huron5427119
Darke5347123
Sandusky5337120
Seneca5275121
Athens518858
Washington5153109
Auglaize489584
Mercer480385
Shelby468893
Knox4483110
Madison435561
Putnam4278100
Fulton421669
Ashland421489
Defiance419297
Crawford3970107
Brown393857
Logan381576
Preble379398
Clinton371263
Ottawa366679
Highland354662
Williams338575
Champaign331458
Guernsey315653
Jackson312151
Perry294850
Morrow284639
Fayette281550
Hardin270664
Henry268466
Coshocton264557
Holmes2593101
Van Wert243363
Adams237752
Pike237534
Gallia235349
Wyandot230855
Hocking215262
Carroll191247
Paulding172540
Meigs144740
Noble133337
Monroe132042
Morgan108323
Harrison107637
Vinton82815
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Rain moves in overnight into Sunday morning and looks to hang around much of the day, likely forcing Mother's Day plans indoors
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