Today in One Paragraph
Mexican authorities arrested the the drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security prison last year. In the U.S., the Chicago police are taking heat after allegations in recently released documents allege that that officers threatened witnesses and fabricated their accounts of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. Maine Governor Paul LePage apologized for another set of offensive remarks. The Department of Labor released an encouraging December jobs report. Congressional Republicans are pushing anti-refugee legislation after two arrests this week. And NBC’s criteria for the next Democratic debate may leave Martin O’Malley out of the mix.
Caught, Again. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, was recaptured after escaping a maximum-security prison through a tunnel last July. “Mission accomplished,” Nieto tweeted. It’s unclear if Guzman will be extradited to the United States this time around: The U.S. had issued a request for his extradition shortly before he escaped. (Azam Ahmed, The New York Times)
Intimidation Allegations. Attorneys for Laquan McDonald’s family said that Chicago police threatened at least three witnesses of the fatal shooting to make their story match the official account, according to court documents. The lawyers also say “police officers up the chain of command fabricated witness accounts” to support the “shooting as justified.” (Wayne Drash, CNN)