Skimm'd while going streaking to ring in 2017
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Right to disconnect" – How France describes a new law that officially makes it OK to ignore the boss's emails after hours. Vive la 'do not disturb' setting.
Shortly after midnight last Sunday, a gunman opened fire at a popular nightclub in Turkey. Eight people have been detained but the search for the shooter is still on. ISIS later claimed responsibility but it's unclear what role the terror group played in the attack. The group also hinted that this was retaliation for Turkey's intervention in Syria.
WHAT DOES SYRIA HAVE TO DO WITH IT?
Turkey and Syria are neighbors. And Syria's been going through a nearly six-year-long civil war. That war gave ISIS an opening to grab land and power, including in areas near the Turkey-Syria border. In recent years, Turkey joined the international fight to get rid of the group. Since then, ISIS has targeted Turkey with a series of deadly terror attacks. And now, it looks like this is another one.
This attack is another sign that – on top of struggling to take in millions of refugees from the Syrian war, and dealing with a failed military coup – Turkey's having a really hard time with security right now.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S GOT A LONG LIST OF RESOLUTIONS…
Congress has big plans for the new year too. Lawmakers head back to work today and the GOP's about to be in charge of both Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. And they're not wasting any time. Yesterday, the House GOP voted to put the Office of Government Ethics under Congress's control. That's the independent body that keeps an eye out for corruption in Congress. So yes, it looks like Congress could be in charge of the office that's supposed to keep Congress in line. Also on the agenda: cutting back on environmental and financial business regulations. And giving the thumbs up to President-elect Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. Dems in Congress have said they plan to push back, especially on things like vetting some Trump cabinet picks. The GOP's also getting ready to repeal Obamacare, which has already had a rough start to the new year. Over the weekend, a federal judge blocked part of the law that would have protected transgender people and those looking for abortion services from being refused health care. New year, newish Washington.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN VACATION WENT BY TOO FAST…
Can I get a do-over? Over the weekend, Alabama and Clemson each won their semifinal playoff games. Meaning they'll face each other in the college football championship for the second year in a row, after 'Bama beat the Tigers last year. That goes down on Monday. And there were other small balls on the field. Yesterday, USC got the W over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. And Oklahoma had sweet victory over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Meanwhile, the NFL playoffs start Saturday. Who's in: the New England Patriots. Who's out: the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers...aka the two teams that went to the Super Bowl last year.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING…
Brazil. Earlier this week, a brutal riot broke out between two gangs at a prison in the northern part of the country. They were reportedly fighting over who controls drug trade in the area. At least 56 people were killed. Some prisoners escaped, and a group of inmates also took a few guards hostage. They were eventually released. This comes at a time when Brazil's prisons are overcrowded. Riots are becoming more of a problem, and this was the worst one in decades.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU HEAR 'OH HONEY'…
Looks like Karen's back. And WIll and Grace and Jack too.
THING TO KNOW
Universal Basic Income: When the gov sends you a check just for being you. Aka a free paycheck. Finland's starting to experiment with it this month. No job? No problem.
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