Weekend, December 1-3, 2017

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Quote of the day: "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." -Robin Williams


The White House: Former National Security Adviser to the Trump administration Mike Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 camping. General Flynn violated the Logan Act, which makes it a crime for unauthorized citizens to negotiate with foreign governments that have a dispute with the U.S., at the time the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia. 

Politics: Saturday morning the Senate passed tax bill 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' in 51-49 vote, the President must now sign the bill into law. The bill will change tax codes for the first time in 31 years lowing corporate taxes to 20%, increase child tax credit, along with other reforms aimed to grow the U.S. economy. Senate Leader McConnell said, "We have an opportunity now to make America more competitive, to keep jobs from being shipped offshore and to provide substantial relief for the middle class."

Business: Sunday CVS pharmacy has agreed to buy health insurer Aetna for $69 billion making it the largest health insurance deal in history. The acquisition will cover 9,700 drugstores and 1,100 walk-in clinics and insurer covering around 22 million people. CVS has agreed to pay Aetna shareholders $207 per share, including $145 in cash and the rest in newly issued stock. 

U.S.: The U.S. Air Force sends six F-22 Raptors and 18 Marine Corps F-35 stealth fighter jets to South Korea, that will be participating in a five-day drill called Vigilant Ace. The drill is meant to improve the allies wartime capabilities and preparedness, the comes as North Korea recently tested an ICBM. About 12,000 U.S. military personnel will participate and about 230 aircraft will be flying at U.S. and South Korean military bases throughout the South. 

World: Ayman Safadi the foreign minister of Jordan spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the "dangerous consequences" if the U.S. decides to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The foreign minister says the move will trigger a great anger in the Arab and Muslim world. It is speculated that president Trump will make an announcement about moving the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv this week. 

Science/Tech/Health: For the first and only time in the year a supermoon was visible over the weekend seeming 14% bigger and 30% brighter. The next supermoon will be on January 2nd and 31st according to NASA. 

Entertainment: Netflix announced on Twitter it's science fiction drama "Stranger Things" will return for a third season, an official date has not been set. The fan-favorite drama series won five out of its 18 nominations at the 2017 Emmy Awards. 

Sports: College Football Playoffs will begin January 1st with the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners will face No. Georgia at the Rose Bowl, and No. Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama at the Sugar Bowl, January 8th the National Championship will be played in Atlanta. Throughout the month of December, 38 bowl games will be played between the best college football teams. 



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