The Nightshift: 2 December 2017

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Good Afternoon, it’s Saturday, 2 December 2017, and this is the Mid-Day Edition of The Nightshift, The World News Daily
The Senate passed (finally) a massively flawed “tax cut” bill early Saturday morning. The bill has been criticized for hitting the middle class particularly hard and for the potential to raise the national debt by $1.5 to $2.0 trillion dollars. Sponsored and rammed through the Senate by the previously conservative Republican party, the Senate and House versions will now have to be reconciled. The passage of the bill marked a rare–maybe the only–legislative win for the Trump Administration.
President Trump had lunch yesterday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and later tweeted that rumors about Tillerson’s departure are “fake news”.
The Daily Grope: Celebrity photographer Bruce Weber has been sued by a male model who said that Weber–who shoots for both Vogue and Rolling Stone–sexually harassed and abused him.
General Michael Flynn’s plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller caught the Trump White House totally by surprise. One White House observer said the news was unexpected and the mood inside the White House was “very, very bad”. Flynn pleaded to lying to the FBI–the equivalent of a federal parking ticket compared to the other charges he could have faced (money laundering, failing to registered as a representative of a foreign country, etc. etc. etc.) –and is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russian hacking/collusion/obstruction of justice.
Four key conference football championships are on tap today: Big 12 (TCU vs. Oklahoma); ACC (UMiami vs. Clemson), Big 10 (Wisconsin vs. Ohio State) and SEC (Auburn vs. Georgia). Winners are expected–but not guaranteed–to be included in the national College Football Championship playoff games. Left on the sidelines: Alabama and USC. Maybe it’s time to do the playoffs the right way and add four more teams.
A secret congressional office has been paying off  congressional employees who have complained of workplace issues of various types for Senators and Congressmen. It was revealed in The New York Times that Blake Farenthold, a Texas representative, was a beneficiary, with the office paying $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment charge against him. Isn’t it nice to know that your elected representatives get a free pass for misbehavior issues and that you get to pay for it with your taxes? These are, by the way, the same guys that don’t have enough time to read the legislation that is being passed by Congress (i.e. the most recent “tax cut” bill). Maybe if they spent less time trying to fool around and more time working, things would get done in the proper way.
Hope for very clear weather tomorrow (December 3rd), because a very rare “Supermoon” is coming. 
Today is National Mutt Day. It’s a good day to look into giving a “rescue dog” a good home.
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.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris) (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
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