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'Twas the Friday before Christmas...

'Twas the Friday before Christmas and all through the SenateThe press was assembled, all...

Posted: Dec 23, 2018 12:11 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2018 12:11 AM

'Twas the Friday before Christmas and all through the Senate

The press was assembled, all in a panic.

Donald Trump

Political Figures - US

Christmas

Continents and regions

Eastern Europe

Europe

Government and public administration

Holidays and observances

Investigations

Michael T. Flynn

Politics

Russia

Russia meddling investigation

Would the government shut down, would Trump get his steel slat barrier,

Or would the electeds vote and go home, making their constituents all the merrier?

OK, so my topical reboot of the rhyme is a bit rusty, but at least you get a sense of where things stand in Washington right now.

It's a yuletide-tinged blur as we hurtle toward the midnight shutdown deadline, but let's not forget this week hasn't JUST been about a potential partial government shutdown.

We saw major developments in the Russia investigation as Michael Flynn was dressed down by a judge who said, "Arguably, you sold your country out." The judge then reversed course and held off on sentencing Flynn.

We also laid to rest the Trump Foundation, forced to close by regulators who say it was used to break campaign finance laws and abuse its tax-exempt status.

But the week also brought something new into this world: US Space Command, which the administration says is a precursor to Trump's Space Force.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is now not long for the administration -- he announced his planned departure from his post, effective at the end of February. Mattis cited policy differences with President Donald Trump in his departure letter, though he did not mention Trump's announcement from the day before that he would withdraw US troops from Syria.

The Point: Washington is kicking off the holiday weekend feeling anything but holly and jolly. 

And without further ado, here's a recap of the week in 17 headlines:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 250514

Reported Deaths: 6315
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078063457
Riverside19450479
Orange15778360
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial6979105
Alameda6472140
Fresno562677
Kern510080
Santa Clara4849160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
San Francisco377650
Sacramento355969
San Mateo3441108
Contra Costa343279
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271019
Kings258332
Stanislaus239144
Monterey179115
Solano147625
Merced127211
Sonoma126710
Placer78611
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo58324
Madera5665
Santa Cruz4173
Napa3444
San Benito2572
Lassen2340
Butte2063
El Dorado2060
Sutter2063
Humboldt1444
Shasta1354
Nevada1231
Glenn1220
Yuba1031
Tehama881
Lake850
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Calaveras530
Del Norte511
Tuolumne430
Mono411
Inyo331
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Amador260
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 93°
Oroville
Clear
95° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 95°
Paradise
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 93°
Chester
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Red Bluff
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 93°
Willows
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 93°
Today was hot and tomorrow will be as well. But slightly below average temperatures move in as we see a dip in the jet stream.
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