Quote of the day: "Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." -Napoleon Hill
The White House: President Trump meet with Congressional leadership including Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at Oval Office to help reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown and increase military spending. The House pass later in the day pass 'stopgap' funding measure in a 235-193 vote.
Politics: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) announced on the Senate floor that he will be resigning in the coming weeks, after several sexual allegations. Also, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) announced he will be resigning from office as of Jan. 31, 2018 discussing 'surrogacy' with female staffers. Franks said, “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress." This week alone three Congressmen have reigned over sexual allegations including Rep. John Conyers.
Business: Thursday Bitcoin reaches another new high reaching $17,153.94 with a new market cap of little over $300 billion making the cryptocurrency bigger than some countries GDP. This year alone bitcoin has climbed by over 1,000%, many investors believe the most important factor of the currencies fast growth is due to its enthusiasm and other speculate a bubble.
U.S.: Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting Walter Scott in the back as he ran away in 2015. U.S. District Judge rules Slager committed second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, Slager claimed it was in self-defense, but a cell phone video did not support that claim. Scott's family lawyer after the hearing said, "But that doesn’t mean you’re above the law. That doesn’t mean you can do as you please."
World: The United Kingdom and the European Union reach an agreement to move Brexit into the second phase as Britain seeks to exit the EU. Theresa May in meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed on the following three main point; 'no hard border' between Northern Ireland and England, "EU citizens living the UK and vice verse will have their rights to live, work and study protected", and seek a financial settlement fair to British taxpayers.
Science/Tech/Health: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says they will beat SpaceX to Mars, "We’re going to take a first test flight in 2019 and we’re going to do a slingshot mission around the Moon." SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded on Twitter saying "Do it". Boeing is the primary contractor for NASA's Space Launch System rocket, Muilenburg has claimed the rocket will launch in 2019 but NASA has confirmed there will be no flight postponing a possible launch till June 2020.
Entertainment: TV host Steve Harvey is being sued for alleged charity fraud for refusing to pay commission on man hired to raise the funds for the Steve and Marjorie Foundation. Vincent Dimmock is suing Harvey who hired him to raise $20 million and in return was promised 12.5% of total funds raised, Dimmock says Harvey only gave him $1 million but has refused to pay him. Harvey's agent told TMZ, "It sounds fake. Steve is the most loyal guy in the world.”
Sports: World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo announced on Facebook candidacy for U.S. Soccer Federation President. Solo on her announcement touched bases on equal pay, gender discrimination, diversity, youth investment, and seeking new talent.