Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Don't push your weaknesses, play with your strengths." -Jennifer Lopez

Top Story- Politics: Doug Jones former U.S. attorney wins Alabama Senate race defeating Republican Roy Moore in a heated race for the U.S. Senate seat. Jones becomes the first elect Democrat in nearly 25 years to represent the state of Alabama in the U.S. Senate. Jones said, "this entire race has been about dignity and the respect...this campaign has been about the rule of law." The Senate is still controlled by Republicans as they hold 51 seats and Democrats 49.

The White House: Trump's personal attorney Ty Cobb says that special counsel Robert Mueller is finished with interviewing all intended staff members at the White House. Mueller has interviewed key members of the Trump administration including Jared Kushner, White House counsel Don McGahn, Hope Hicks, adviser Stephen Miller, National Security Council chief of staff Keith Kellogg, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, in his Russia investigation in the 2016 election.

Business: Disney is allegedly set to buy 21st Century Fox for $60 billion in a deal set to be announced on Thursday. Comcast who was also in the hunt to buy the majority of Fox assets valued at $60 billion but dropped out Monday. Fox will be selling FX, National Geographic, 22 regional US sports channels, and Fox's stake in Hulu streaming service while Fox News and Fox Sport would remain under Fox's CEO Rupert Murdoch control.

U.S.: San Francisco mayor Ed Lee dies at the age of 65 after suffering a heart attack while shopping in his neighborhood, Lee was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he died. San Francisco' Board of Supervisors President London Breed is now acting mayor. Lee was the first Chinese American mayor of SF elected in 2011 and is described by his colleagues as a defender of civil rights.

World: French President Emmanuel Macro holds 'One Planet' Summit in Paris in hopes of gaining new momentum to fight against climate change. The main purpose of the summit was to encourage private investors to "fill the annual gap of $210 billion needed to meet the requirements of the Paris agreement". More than 50 world leaders attended the summit such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, and several heads of state joining the effort.

Science/Tech/Health: Apple CEO Tim Cook's is setting sight on teaching coding to all public schools in Chicago, in an effort to push diversity in the Tech industry. Chicago is one of the biggest and more racially diverse school districts accounting for about 84% black or Latino. Apple will partner with Chicago's school district to teach students of all grades coding in classrooms or after school programs.

Entertainment: George Clooney once gave 14 of his closest friends' $1 million dollars and paid their taxes for the year according to his friend Rande Gerber. Gerber revealed on MSNBC's 'Headliners' show that Clooney generously gave them $1 million back in 2013, saying Clooney called him, "Hey, mark September 27th, 2013, on your calendar. Everyone's going to come to my house for dinner."

Sports: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is medically cleared to return back to practice for Sunday's game at Carolina. Rodgers had been out for 8 weeks after suffering from a broken collarbone in mid-October. The Packers are currently 7-6 raising the question if they still have a shot at making the playoffs.


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