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Hard Factor 1/23: Oscar Nominees, Government Shutdown Update, and a Lightning Round of Other Headlines

The Oscar nominations are out, and some of us are really excited for them, while others just make jokes at their expense. The government shutdown has now lasted 33 days and we cover why it's such a horrible fuck-up and what's going on to fix it. Finally, a Lightning Round of other headlines, including a touch up on the MAGA hat kid/Native American guy Lincoln Memorial situation, Jack Nicholson makes a public appearance, the supreme court upheld the military transgender ban, and Waymo is taking their automated car manufacturing act to Michigan. 
00:20:00 1/22/2019

Past Episodes

Rudy Giuliani, Attorney at Law Extraordinaire, is on a roll of making headlines with erratic statements. Recurring segment "What the Hell, China?!?" discusses a scientist who's been fired, and potentially facing legal trouble, for conducting gene editing experiments on human embryos. Finally, a Lightning Round of other headlines, including presidential photoshop work, Notre Dame attempting to finally make things right by covering up some paintings, Uber in the hot seat, and TSA calling out of work. 
00:20:00 1/21/2019
An all boys high school field trip to march against abortion ended with an awkward stare down between a kid in a MAGA hat and a Native American demonstrator, and the internet went wild. A new docu-series is covering the Smiley Face Killers, an alleged group of serial killers targeting college aged males over multiple years and locations. Finally, a Lightning Round of other headlines, including government shutdown watch, BuzzFeed-gate, travelers deported from New Zealand, and MLK Day. 
00:20:00 1/20/2019
A man in Ireland attempted to cure his back pain by injecting his own semen into his right arm for over a year... you'd never guess but it didn't work. Week 7 of the #HardFactorHardBody is in the books and the guys have lost a total of 128 pounds so far with 8 or 9 weeks left to go. Finally, a Lightning Round of other headlines, including Paris Jackson, Jonah Hill, ISIS attack in Syria, State of the Union, Lauren Sanchez, Russian/Japanese islands, a new show about Space Force from the creators of "The Office," and much much more. 
00:20:00 1/16/2019
The United Kingdom still can't quite figure out this whole Brexit thing, and Theresa May's ass is in the jackpot. A North Carolina man makes his way into the Soft Corner for being 6'5? 250 lbs. and knocking out an 11 year-old girl with a vicious left hook instead of using his God-given skills in the ring. A woman in Kentucky got hammered and drove her son over 100 mph in the car to prove some kind of point; and a lightning round of other headlines, including Attorney General nominee William Barr, government shutdown update (yep... still closed), Meghan Markle rumors, Catholics ban touching, and LaMelo Ball. 
00:20:00 1/15/2019
Pacific Gas and Electric company is declaring bankruptcy after poor performance that has led to several wildfires, including the largest one in state history. A beloved mayor of 20 years from a town in Poland was stabbed to death on stage at a public event. Donnie Does World joins the show to discuss a Canadian being given the death penalty in China for smuggling meth, and a government project aimed at growing a flower on the moon. Finally, a lightning round of other headlines including Trump on Bezos, weed in Rhode Island, AOC mocks republicans' love of houses, Rep. Steve King, and a guy with horns on his head who was arrested for luring women to his home (pictured). 
00:20:00 1/14/2019
Jayme Closs escaped her abductor after 87 days, and that allows Hard Factor to go ahead and toss him in the Soft Corner now for being a grown man who kidnaps little girls after killing their parents. Meghan Markle lost another staff member, this time it was her security guard, and other issues that have Great Britain spitting out their collective tea and crumpets. A woman in Texas gets caught drinking wine out of a Pringles can, but not to be outdone, another woman in Florida smears human feces all over park benches to preemptively ruin a child's birthday party, and a Lightning Round of other headlines. 
00:20:00 1/13/2019
A moron in California thought he had won $10K on a scratch-off, turns out is was actually $10 million, but he told his roommates about it and got it stolen, now he may be getting it back... listen to find out. Another dog has shot and severely injured its owner, this time it was a former LSU football player on a duck hunting trip. Two women in North Carolina are charged with kidnapping and sexual battery after confronting a transgender person in the ladies bathroom; and a Lightning Round of other headlines, including Jeff Bezos getting a divorce, billionaire Norwegian wife held ransom for $10 million, President Trump walking out of his meeting and cutting FEMA funding to California, and Johnny Bobbitt has been found. 
00:20:00 1/9/2019
R. Kelly is under criminal investigation in Georgia for his sexual appetite that was outlined in the TV series Surviving R. Kelly. Bill Timmons (pictured), the CEO of a health facility in Phoenix has resigned after it's come to light that his staff, and possibly others, had been having sex with their vegetative patients for years. Political activist/donor Ed Buck has allegedly been home for two mysterious deaths in his apartment; and a Lightning Round of other headlines, including the "special announcement" from President Trump about the border wall on Tuesday night, a Mueller investigation update, GoFundMe scammer misses his court date, and a crazy woman in Arizona pleads not guilty to stalking a guy she sent over 159,000 unanswered texts to. 
00:20:00 1/8/2019
Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency after serving almost half her life for a murder committed while she was a child prostitute. A middle school teacher in Idaho has been declared not guilty of animal cruelty after he fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in his classroom last year. We head over to Elon's World where SpaceX and NASA are preparing for the first test launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon Spaceship; and a Lightning Round of other headlines, including a shooting in Playa del Carmen, President Trump's national address, Pete Davidson getting it in, Kevin Spacey pleas not guilty, racist showdown at the Dollar General, and Julian Assange is salty. 
00:20:00 1/7/2019
An overview of the 60 Minutes interview where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outlined her agenda and views on the existing state of DC. A man in Poland is on trial for his faulty design of an escape room that led to several horrific deaths. A woman in Florida assaulted her elderly parents for not taking her to Outback Steakhouse; and a Lightning Round of other headlines, including the government shutdown, baby changing tables, the Golden Globes, and more. 
00:20:00 1/6/2019

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