Alabama, California, Donald Trump: Your Weekend BriefingOn December 17, 2017 by Ilene
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3. As potential changes to web access weigh on consumers, a deal by Disney further solidifies that the future of television and movie viewing is online.
The Walt Disney Company, led by Bob Iger, above, announced that it’s acquiring most of 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, making Disney a true competitor to services like Netflix and Amazon.
The deal is a moment of reckoning for Rupert Murdoch, 86, who is preparing to divide up a lifetime of spoils.
Here’s a concise look at the current (and future) state of the streaming landscape.
4. For years, a secret Pentagon program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, including sightings of aircraft that moved at hyper velocity with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift.
“I have no idea what I saw,” said a Navy pilot. “It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”
The program was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, who has long had an interest in space phenomena.
5. In Alabama, the lessons from the special election are ominous for Republicans in next year’s midterms, and instructive for Democrats.
Voters in Alabama’s cities, affluent suburbs and predominantly black rural counties overwhelmingly rejected Roy Moore, sending Doug Jones to Washington as the state’s first Democratic U.S. senator in more than 20 years. Above, supporters of Mr. Jones celebrating.
The message for Democrats: Increase outreach, mobilization and investment in minority communities.
Conservative Christians fear an enduring stain from white evangelicals’ overwhelming support for the divisive, scandal-plagued Mr. Moore.
6. Fallout from President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, above on screen, said his people would no longer accept any U.S. role in peace negotiations with Israel.
And Muslim leaders and officials meeting in Istanbul declared East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital.
Moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may not happen anytime soon. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said even a three-year timeline would be “ambitious.”
7. In the aftermath of devastating wildfires, many residents of California are asking: Is this worth it to live here? Natural disasters are a moment to take stock and rethink the dream. In the end, the calculation almost always comes down to cost.
In a new collection of papers, scientists around the world analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that human-caused climate change was a “significant driver” for 21 of them, including the California fires. We took a close look at what was at play there and in four other illustrative cases.
8. Russell Simmons, Mario Batali, Dustin Hoffman: As the onslaught of sexual misconduct claims continues, more of the biggest names in our cultural zeitgeist are facing accusations, and stepping down or being dismissed from key positions. And the police in New York are investigating claims against Mr. Simmons.
And President Trump once more put himself at the center of the sexual harassment debate, contending that the women who are renewing their accusations of misconduct against him are lying.
In our opinion pages, Salma Hayek, above, opened up about her torment by the man who started the deluge: Harvey Weinstein. “I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no,’” she wrote.
9. “Saturday Night Live” delivered a holiday message from the White House, with President Trump, his family and his aides looking back on the year as they decorated a Christmas tree.
“A lot of people have been saying it was the greatest year in the history of America and maybe the entire Planet Earth,” said the president as played by Alec Baldwin, above, with Cecily Strong as Melania Trump and Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump.
Ms. Strong responded, “Rest in peace.”
10. Finally, there were moments of pure joy, goodness and humanity online in 2017, despite how often the grim seemed prevalent. Let’s not forget those flashes of light like the BBC dad or the dancing hot dog.
And even recent news had stories to brighten your spirit, like that of a 25-year-old fresh out of drama school who scored the role of a lifetime.
Have a great week.
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