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Good Morning, it’s Friday, 1 December 2017, and this is the Mid-Day Edition of The Nightshift, The World News Daily
There are rumors circulating Washington that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is going to be pushed out and replaced by CIA Head Mike Pompeo. Tillerson was previously the head of Exxon Mobil. He’s probably asking himself now why he joined the current administration. A change is not unexpected; there have been rumblings in Washington about a very dysfunctional and understaffed State Department once Trump became President and Tillerson became Secretary of State.
The proposed tax cut has hit a rather major snag: it will add (conservatively) a trillion dollars to the national debt. Some people in government aren’t concerned with debt because they have, traditionally, not worried about paying it back, gone bankrupt to avoid paying it all, or paid it back at a lower value. Others have a totally different viewpoint in terms of what such a debt can do the economy. Other complaints about the tax bill include allegations that it only benefits the very wealthy and corporations, and heavily penalizes the middle class and home owners.
The Daily Grope: Playwright Israel Horowitz has been accused by nine women of sexual misbehavior. The charges are serious and painful. Mr. Horowitz joins a growing number of men in media and entertainment accused of violating their positions, fame, and power in the most egregious manner.
General Michael Flynn has agree to a plea deal with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. In exchanged for pleading guilty to a relatively minor charge–lying to the FBI, in comparison to some of the other charges that Mueller could have teed him up on–Flynn will cooperate fully in Mueller’s investigation. Not good news for anyone in the Trump Campaign or White House. Also not good news for the stock market, which promptly took a precipitous drop once the Flynn plea deal was announced this morning.
Jim Nabors, the actor who became famous as television’s “Gomer Pyle” has died. Nabors was 87 and was said to be in poor health. In addition to his television career, which was built off early appearances on the “Andy Griffith Show”, Nabors was a recording artist, who was justifiably famous for singing “Back Home In Indiana” at the start of the Indianapolis 500 automobile race.
Tiger Woods shot a 3 under par 69 in his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge. Welcome back, Tiger. Also: As predicted in this column, John Currie, the Athletic Director at Tennessee, is out. Whether it’s because he picked the wrong coach initially (Greg Schiano–the fan base went nuts) or made a controversial visit to talk with Washington State Coach Mike Leach (who would fit well in the SEC) is not known. The drama at Tennessee continues and every time they have more issues, it becomes harder to bring in a new coach.
Today is National Pie Day. Apple? Cherry? Pecan? Peach? Key Lime? Or all of them?
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
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