Quote of the day: "The mind is everything. What you think you become." -Gautama Buddha
The White House: Donald Trump reveals winners of what he calls "Fake News" awards listing top 10 news stories that have miss reported him/presidency. Number 10.) NYT: Trump hid climate rpt, 9.) CNN: Trump interfered, 8.) CNN: Dude spurned Trump, 7.) Scaramucci meets Russians, 6.) CNN: Trump overfeeds fish, 5.) WaPost: Trump empty rally, 4.) Time: Trump removes MLK statue, 3.) ABC: Trump/WikiLeaks, 2.) ABC: Trump and Russia, 1.) NYT: economy won't recover due to his election.
Politics: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) says that a bipartisan immigration agreement has the majority support of the Senate, "the math is simple. We have 56 senators ready to move forward with this issue". The bill would be 4 votes short as 60 votes are needed to pass the bill, this includes fixing DACA including a path to citizenship, $2.7 increase in border security, and eliminate Diversity Visa Lottery and end family-based immigration.
Business: Wednesday, Apple announced it would pay $38 billion in taxes on its overseas cash and plans to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next 5 years. Apple has also promised to create 20,000 new jobs, open a new campus, and invest $10 billion into data centers across the country.
U.S.: The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday night that it would remove Haiti, Belize, and Sama from its list of countries whose citizens can receive the H-2A and H-2B visas. These visas are typically granted to seasonal workers in agriculture and other industries. The Secretary of Homeland Security said, "the following countries should no longer be designated as eligible countries because they are not meeting the standards set out in the regulation".
World: North and South Korea have reached an agreement to march together under one flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. The nations have also agreed to form a joint North and South Korean women's hockey team for the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The agreement is seen as a great diplomatic breakthrough as the two countries have always remained on alert.
Science/Tech/Health: Bitconnect, the lending, and exchange platform announced it's shutting down after long suspicion of being a scheme. Bitcoin this week has dropped to $11,000 as South Korea and China tighten regulations and warnings of hacks & scam alerts pushing off investors.
Entertainment: Celebrities Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and WWE star Roman Reigns are all accused of using steroids by dealer Richard Rodriguez who is now in prison. Rodriguez during a phone interview claimed all three celebs purchased steroids from him. Mark Wahlberg told TheWrap, "these accusations are completely false."
Sports: Former Chicago Bears linebacker, Brian Urlacher's 12-year-old son's mother has files lawsuit against Urlacher for $125 million. Ryan Karageorge is suing Urlacher claiming he, his lawyer and new reporter conspired in portraying her as "a bad mother, unfit and a killer." Urlacher's attorney has called the allegations false and has been disproven.