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An armed group took over some federal buildings in southeastern Oregon on Saturday. We start today with a look at the history of the long land rights fight behind this latest conflict.

Then, President Obama is expected to announce executive actions on gun control as early as tomorrow. What can he do?

Turning to local news, El Niño-related rainstorms started early this morning and are expected to continue through the week. We look at the potential hazards of roadside garbage in heavy rain.

Next, Madeleine speaks with Mya Taylor, one of the stars of the movie Tangerine.

And finally, in our weekly TV roundup, did 2015 give us TOO much to watch on the small screen?

Oregon's Stand-Off in the Sagebrush Rebellion 9 MIN, 12 SEC

An armed group took over some federal buildings in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon on Saturday. Dressed in full fatigues, Blaine Cooper and Ammon Bundy are leading the protest. Ammon Bundy is the son of Cliven Bundy, who inspired an armed standoff with the feds in Nevada two years ago over his cattle grazing on public lands. Three of Cliven Bundy’s sons are in the group holed up at the wildlife refuge. They say they’re there to support local farmers, Dwight Hammond and his son Steven. The two Hammonds were convicted of arson after a fire they set on their ranch spread, burning 140 acres of public land. Federal prosecutors argued that they set the fire to cover the tracks of their illegal deer hunting on public land.

The Hammonds are expected to turn themselves in today to serve five years in prison. This conflict over land rights in the rural West between locals and the federal government has a history.

Gregg Cawley, University of Wyoming

Gun Control Funding and Executive Action 7 MIN, 23 SEC

A bit of news that will probably NOT allay fears of federal government overreach is the president’s plan to use executive action to combat gun violence. He plans to announce actions as soon as tomorrow. Is this the week Obama will be stymied no more? Do gun control advocates finally have reasons to cheer? Signs point to yes. After struggling to make headway at the federal level, gun control groups have racked up a string of successes at the state level.

Eric Lichtblau, New York Times (@EricLichtblau)

Trash Poses a Threat in El Niño 8 MIN, 16 SEC

El Niño is here. The first in what’s expected to be a series of rainstorms hit early this morning.  The rest of the week is supposed to be even wetter. That could mean hazards like slick roads and mud flows … and trash. L.A. has struggled for years to manage its massive amount of roadside garbage. Now it’s more than an eyesore; it’s also safety threat.

Photo by Stephen Conn

David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

Looming rains could turn L.A.'s roadside trash into a hazard

Mya Taylor of 'Tangerine' 14 MIN, 36 SEC

Last year was the year that transgender people hit mainstream media in a big way: Caitlyn Jenner, Transparent and The Danish Girl. Then there was Tangerine. The low-budget indie movie tells the story of two transgender prostitutes spending Christmas Eve on the hard streets of Hollywood. SinDee is a sex-worker just out of jail and Alexandra is her somewhat reluctant sidekick. Both characters are played by newcomers, both transgender - Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. Madeleine speaks with Taylor.

Mya Taylor, actress (@TheMyaTaylor)


Sean Baker

TV Roundup 7 MIN, 42 SEC

It’s our first day back after the New Year, which means it’s time for prognosticating, at least when it comes to TV. Last year was full of surprise hits like Empire, Mr. Robot and unREAL. But perhaps we had too much television to choose from. Will the deluge abate this year? That’s where we start today in our regular Monday TV roundup.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

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