The Nightshift: 14 December 2017

Press Clippings:
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Good Morning, it’s Thursday, 14 December 2017, and this is the morning edition of The Nightshift, the World’s Daily News Source.
Hoping for a break in the tension between North Korea and the United States? You won’t get it this week. The White House, is a rare public rebuke, walked back Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that the U.S. was ready to talk with North Korea without “preconditions”. The White House’s position is that such talks are not productive and that North Korea must stop menacing it’s aggressive behavior before talks can begin. Merry Christmas.
Senator John McCain has been hospitalized for “normal side effects” stemming from his treatment for brain cancer. Can the maverick of the Senate beat yet another close call?
The President–looking for an administration win of some type–is moving full speed ahead with his tax bill, which no one has yet read completely. Does it make sense to vote and pass into law a bill of such consequence if no one really understands it? Probably not.
The Daily Grope: Entrepreneur Russell Simmons has been accused of rape by four different women; PBS television host Tavis Smiley is suspended after allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Disney/Fox merger is heading for the closing table. Valued at approximately $60 billion, the deal will send much of 21st Century Fox’s assets to Disney; in return, the Murdoch family will become significant shareholders in Disney, which investment analysts say is a “much more valuable company”. Certain assets of Fox (Fox News, Fox Channel, others) will remain in Murdoch hands and under their control. Expect some interesting anti-trust activities on this one, because it definitely reduces the amount of competition in the media industry by taking one of the major players (Fox) out of the game.
Today is National Bouillabasse Day.  You like fish stew, right?
The CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site,  is below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
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Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
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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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