Skip to main content
The Morning Rundown™

DeSantis drops out of presidential race ahead of New Hampshire primary: The Morning Rundown, Jan. 22, 2024

Share

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis drops out of the race for the White House as the New Hampshire primary is a day away. And video captures flames shooting from a cargo plane in an incident now under investigation. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.

Ron DeSantis drops out of race ahead of New Hampshire primary

With the New Hampshire primary one day away, the field of Republican candidates running for the presidency is down by one. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Sunday, Jan. 21, that he is ending his bid for the White House.

“Now, following our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward,” DeSantis said. “If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today, suspending my campaign.”

DeSantis came in a distant second to former President Donald Trump in last week’s Iowa caucuses. In his video on social media announcing the end of his campaign, DeSantis said he is now endorsing Trump as the Republican nominee.

While he admitted the two have disagreed on issues in the past, DeSantis said he sees a majority of Republican primary voters want to give the former president “another chance.” At a rally in New Hampshire later in the day, Trump thanked DeSantis for the endorsement, calling the Florida governor “a really terrific person.” 

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters the race is now down to “one fella and one lady,” adding, “may the best woman win.”  

A new poll conducted by CNN and the University of New Hampshire shows Trump is the clear GOP frontrunner, with the former president holding 50% support among likely Republican voters, while Haley has 39%.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of likely Democratic voters say they will write in President Biden’s name after the president did not file to be a candidate on the state’s primary ballot following a dispute between New Hampshire and the Democratic National Committee.

2 Navy SEALs presumed dead during mission to stop Iranian weapons transfer

The U.S. military has called off a 10-day search and rescue effort for 2 Navy SEALs, now presumed dead, who went missing in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. According to U.S. Central Command, rescue efforts have turned into recovery efforts.

The SEALs were part of a team on a mission to stop Iranian weapons from being smuggled into Yemen, earmarked for Houthi rebels. The weapons were on board a small fishing vessel called a dhow, which Iran sometimes uses to smuggle weapons.

According to reports, during the nighttime boarding mission, one of the SEALs fell in the water; following protocol, another team member jumped in to rescue them while the rest of the team carried out the mission. Weapons were recovered, but the two operators have not been.

“We mourn the loss of our two Naval Special Warfare warriors, and we will forever honor their sacrifice and example. Our prayers are with the SEALs’ families, friends, the U.S. Navy, and the entire Special Operations community during this time,” said Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, U.S. Central Command Commander.

Netanyahu rejects Hamas’ conditions to end the war, release hostages

On Sunday, Jan. 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected conditions presented by Hamas to end the war and release more than 130 hostages that remain in Gaza. Hamas proposed that Israel completely withdraw its troops from the Gaza Strip, leaving the terrorist group in power.

“I reject outright the terms of surrender of the monsters of Hamas,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

Families of the hostages taken by Hamas held a protest outside of Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, demanding he take action to bring all of them home. A senior Hamas official speaking to Reuters said Netanyahu’s refusal to end its operations in Gaza “means there is no chance for the return of the captives.”

QR code for SAN app download

Download the SAN app today to stay up-to-date with Unbiased. Straight Facts™.

Point phone camera here

Netanyahu is facing international pressure to end the war. On Sunday, Jan. 21, he reaffirmed his stance that Israel should be in control over Gaza after the fighting ends, despite speaking with President Biden, who pressed the prime minister on working toward a two-state solution during a call two days earlier.

More than 90 weather-related deaths reported as cold temps swept across US

Reports are now showing just how dangerous the conditions were across the country as low temperatures gripped the nation last week.

The New York Times is reporting more than 70 people were killed in weather-related incidents; CBS News is reporting that number is likely to be more than 90.

In Mississippi, where 11 deaths have been reported, officials are warning of black ice on the roads and to only travel if necessary. Twenty-five weather-related deaths were reported in Tennessee, another 16 in Oregon, and more deaths have been recorded in:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • Washington
  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky 
  • Wisconsin

While some fatalities are still being investigated to confirm they were due to the severe weather conditions, bitter cold temperatures continued this weekend, affecting tens of millions, with many in the east expected to experience the coldest temperature of the year before a warm-up this coming week, including in northern Florida.

Cargo plane makes emergency landing after engine fire

Cell phone video taken by a witness on the ground shows flames shooting from a cargo plane in Miami shortly after takeoff, and now the FAA and the NTSB are investigating the incident.

“Oh my God, it’s on fire! Oh my God,” the witness can be heard screaming on the video.

The Atlas Air flight made an emergency landing back at Miami International Airport on Thursday night, Jan. 18. The airline said the cargo plane landed safely after “experiencing an engine malfunction.”

The FAA said a post-flight inspection showed a “softball-size hole'” above the engine. Atlas Air said there were no injuries to the five crew members on board. The Boeing 747 was on its way to Puerto Rico.

Former home of Marilyn Monroe saved from demolition for now

The former California home of legendary Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe, slated to be demolished, has been saved, at least for now. Last week, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously to declare the property a historic cultural monument.

The 2,9000-square-foot estate is the only property Monroe ever purchased; she bought it in February 1962 for $77,500. It was also the home where she was found dead six months later at the age of 36. However, the home’s future is still in question, as the commission’s vote only temporarily prevents demolition remains under review.   

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS DROPS OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AS THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY IS A DAY AWAY.

AND — VIDEO CAPTURES FLAMES SHOOTING FROM A CARGO PLANE IN AN INCIDENT NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION.

THE MORNING RUNDOWN STARTS NOW.

TODAY IS MONDAY, JANUARY 22ND.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

I’M KARAH RUCKER.

WITH THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY ONE DAY AWAY – THE FIELD OF REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY SHRUNK OVER THE WEEKEND.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ANNOUNCING — HE IS ENDING HIS BID FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.

SUPER: RON DESANTIS | FLORIDA GOVERNOR (R): “Now, following our second place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward. If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”

DESANTIS CAME IN A DISTANT SECOND TO FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN LAST WEEK’S IOWA CAUCUSES.

DESANTIS SAYS HE IS NOW ENDORSING DONALD TRUMP TO BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE.

WHILE HE ADMITTED THE TWO HAVE DISAGREED ON ISSUES IN THE PAST – DESANTIS SAYS A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS WANT TO GIVE THE FORMER PRESIDENT “ANOTHER CHANCE.”

SPEAKING AT A RALLY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE LATER IN THE DAY – TRUMP THANKED DESANTIS FOR THE ENDORSEMENT – CALLING THE FLORIDA GOVERNOR “A REALLY TERRIFIC PERSON.”

FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY TOLD REPORTERS THE RACE IS NOW DOWN TO QUOTE “ONE FELLA AND ONE LADY” – ADDING “MAY THE BEST WOMAN WIN.”

MEANWHILE – IN A CNN POLL RELEASED SUNDAY — TWO-THIRDS OF LIKELY DEMOCRATIC VOTERS SAY THEY WILL WRITE IN PRESIDENT BIDEN’S NAME WHEN THEY VOTE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

BIDEN’S NAME WON’T AUTOMATICALLY APPEAR ON THE BALLOT BECAUSE HE DIDN’T FILE TO BE A CANDIDATE IN THE STATE.

BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE WANTED THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY TO BE IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

BUT VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL BE FIRST TO THE POLLS TOMORROW.

THE U-S MILITARY HAS CALLED OFF A 10-DAY SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORT FOR 2 NAVY SEALS WHO WENT MISSING IN THE GULF OF ADEN OFF THE COAST OF YEMEN. THE SEALS ARE NOW PRESUMED DEAD.

ACCORDING TO U-S CENTRAL COMMAND —

RESCUE EFFORTS HAVE NOW TURNED INTO RECOVERY EFFORTS.

THE SEALS WERE PART OF A TEAM ON A MISSION TO STOP IRANIAN WEAPONS FROM BEING SMUGGLED INTO YEMEN — EARMARKED FOR HOUTHI REBELS.

THE WEAPONS WERE ON BOARD A SMALL FISHING VESSEL.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, DURING THE NIGHTTIME BOARDING MISSION ON JANUARY 11TH, ONE OF THE SEALS FELL IN THE WATER,

FOLLOWING PROTOCOL — ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER JUMPED IN TO RESCUE THE SEAL, WHILE THE REST OF THE TEAM CARRIED OUT THE MISSION.

U-S CENTRAL COMMAND SAYING QUOTE:

We mourn the loss of our two Naval Special Warfare warriors, and we will forever honor their sacrifice and example. Our prayers are with the SEALs’ families, friends, the U.S. Navy, and the entire Special Operations community during this time.

ON SUNDAY — ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU REJECTED CONDITIONS PRESENTED BY HAMAS TO END THE WAR AND RELEASE MORE THAN 130 HOSTAGES THAT REMAIN IN GAZA.

HAMAS PROPOSED THAT ISRAEL COMPLETELY WITHDRAW ITS TROOPS FROM THE GAZA STRIP — LEAVING THE TERRORIST GROUP IN POWER.

NETANYAHU RESPONDED TO HAMAS’ PROPOSAL IN A STATEMENT SAYING – THEY WOULD NOT “SURRENDER” TO THE “MONSTERS OF HAMAS.”

FAMILIES OF THE HOSTAGES TAKEN BY HAMAS HELD A PROTEST OUTSIDE OF NETANYAHU’S HOME – DEMANDING HE TAKE ACTION TO BRING ALL OF THEM HOME.

A SENIOR HAMAS OFFICIAL SPEAKING TO REUTERS SAID NETANYAHU’S REFUSAL TO END ITS OPERATIONS IN GAZA MEANS THERE IS NO CHANCE FOR THE RETURN OF HOSTAGES.

NETANYAHU IS FACING INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE TO END THE WAR.

ON SUNDAY – HE REAFFIRMED HIS STANCE THAT ISRAEL SHOULD BE IN CONTROL OVER GAZA AFTER THE FIGHTING ENDS – DESPITE SPEAKING WITH PRESIDENT BIDEN WHO PRESSED THE PRIME MINISTER ON WORKING TOWARD A TWO-STATE SOLUTION DURING A CALL TWO DAYS EARLIER.

REPORTS ARE NOW SHOWING JUST HOW DANGEROUS THE CONDITIONS WERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS LOW TEMPERATURES GRIPPED THE NATION LAST WEEK.

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS REPORTING MORE THAN 70 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN WEATHER-RELATED INCIDENTS — CBS NEWS IS REPORTING THAT NUMBER IS LIKELY TO BE MORE THAN 90 LIVES LOST IN THE EXTREME CONDITIONS.

IN MISSISSIPPI – WHERE 11 DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED – OFFICIALS ARE WARNING  OF BLACK ICE ON THE ROADS AND TO ONLY TRAVEL IF NECESSARY.

25 WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS WERE REPORTED IN TENNESSEE AND ANOTHER 16 IN OREGON.

WHILE SOME FATALITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE STILL BEING INVESTIGATED TO CONFIRM THEY WERE DUE TO THE SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS —

MANY IN THE EAST ARE STILL EXPECTED TO EXPERIENCE THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE YEAR BEFORE A MID-WEEK WARM-UP.

WITNESS: “Oh my God, it’s on fire! Oh my God!”

CELL PHONE VIDEO TAKEN BY A WITNESS ON THE GROUND SHOWS FLAMES SHOOTING FROM A CARGO PLANE IN MIAMI – SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF.

AND NOW THE FAA AND THE NTSB ARE INVESTIGATING.

THE ATLAS AIR FLIGHT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING BACK AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LAST THURSDAY.

THE AIRLINE SAYING THE CARGO PLANE LANDED SAFELY AFTER “EXPERIENCING AN ENGINE MALFUNCTION.”

THE FAA SAYS A POST-FLIGHT INSPECTION SHOWED A “SOFTBALL-SIZE HOLE’” ABOVE THE ENGINE.

ATLAS AIR SAYS THERE WERE NO INJURIES TO THE CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD.

THE BOEING 747 WAS ON ITS WAY TO PUERTO RICO.

FINALLY THIS MORNING – THE FORMER CALIFORNIA HOME OF LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS MARILYN MONROE – WHICH WAS SLATED TO BE DEMOLISHED – HAS BEEN SAVED – AT LEAST FOR NOW.

THE LOS ANGELES CULTURAL HERITAGE COMMISSION VOTED UNANIMOUSLY LAST WEEK TO DECLARE THE PROPERTY A “HISTORIC CULTURAL MONUMENT.”

THE 2,900-SQUARE FOOT ESTATE IS THE ONLY PROPERTY MONROE EVER PURCHASED –

SHE BOUGHT IT IN FEBRUARY OF 1962 FOR 77 THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. IT WAS ALSO THE HOME WHERE SHE WAS FOUND DEAD SIX MONTHS LATER – AT THE AGE OF 36.

THE HOME’S FUTURE IS STILL IN QUESTION THOUGH – AS THE COMMISSION’S VOTE THAT ONLY TEMPORARILY PREVENTS DEMOLITION REMAINS UNDER REVIEW.

THESE ARE YOUR TOP STORIES FOR THIS MONDAY.

AND BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE MORNING RUNDOWN NEWSLETTER  TO GET THE TOP STORIES EACH WEEKDAY MORNING.

JUST GO TO SAN DOT COM SLASH RUNDOWN TO SIGN UP.

UNBIASED. STRAIGHT FACTS. THAT’S STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS.

WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW.

UNTIL THEN I’M KARAH RUCKER. HAVE A GREAT DAY!