That’s the spirit!

President Obama will deliver his penultimate State of the Union address tonight at 9 pm, and we’ll be listening closely to hear if his agenda includes anything on campus sexual assault, a hot-button issue this past year especially. Also listening closely will be Emma Sulkowicz, the invited guest of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. (Jezebel)

A U.S. delegation to Cuba met with officials there, sans Raul Castro, to discuss the renewal of diplomatic ties between the two countries, which are warming but still pretty cold. Also in the news from Cuba, American prisoner Alan Gross, released in December, will be one of Obama’s invited guests for the State of the Union. (ABC News/NY Times)

Activists took to the streets (in New York, Boston and Atlanta, specifically) yesterday in honor of MLK’s birthday, carrying on Dr. King’s legacy of passionate and peaceful protest. (New York Times)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Patriots, the team everybody outside of Boston loves to hate (and accuse of cheating) are mired in yet another alleged cheating scandal for deflating the footballs used in their conference championship win against Indy. The trusty NFL is currently investigating whether or not “DeflateGate” is true. (Yahoo Sports)

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