The Week Ahead!

November 21, 2018 - 12:17 pm
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

FLYNN 
Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor will be sentenced in a DC Courtroom on Tuesday (12/18). Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition. The charges were filed as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. 
 
FED 
The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day meeting tomorrow. The fed will announce their interest rates decision on Wednesday. In recent weeks, the President has been critical of the Fed, expressing frustration with their recent rate hikes. 
 
PRESERVE YOUR TREE 
If you got your Christmas Tree early in the season, it may be already be losing needles and showing signs of brown. So how can you prevent the tannenbaum from dying before the end of the year? Experts say the key is to prevent “winter burn” with antidesiccant sprays and tree preservatives to the water. 
 
US KOREA 
The United States and South Korean Marines will reportedly hold annual winter combined training beginning today. The exercises includes tactical training on snow fields and in the mountains, along with physical activities. 
 
HURRICANE MICHAEL 
Today, CBS News Radio begins a weeklong series looking at the rebuilding efforts along the Florida Panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael Our reporting begins in Mexico Beach, the town where Michael’s eye came ashore. In the afternoon, Peter King takes a look at Rebuild 850, a bipartisan effort led by current and former elected officials to make sure the panhandle gets resources it needs. 
 
TUMBLR 
Social networking site Tumblr will no longer allow pornographic content beginning today. Users have been told that they cannot upload images, videos, or GIFs that show nudity or depicts sex acts. The site will allow 'certain types of artistic, educational, newsworthy, or political content featuring nudity.’ 
 
LINCOLN
For the 80th Anniversary of Lincoln's Continental, the automaker will be out this morning with an announcement about the iconic vehicle and a special edition being made available next year. 
 
WEALTHIEST CELEBRITIES 
Forbes is out this morning with its list of the country’s Wealthiest Celebrities, charting the earnings of America’s A-listers. Last year's list was topped by filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with $5.5 billion and $3.6 billion bankrolls respectively, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and David Copperfield. 
 
WORD OF THE YEAR 
Merriam-Webster is out this morning with their list of Words of the Year for 2018. The list is compiled by analyzing the top searches on the dictionary publisher's website and focusing on words that showed the greatest increase in interest. Last year's top word was 'feminism.’ 
 
STORMY DANIELS 
There is a court hearing scheduled in 'Stephanie Clifford v. Donald J. Trump et al' this afternoon to discuss attorney's fees in the case. The lawsuit, seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement regarding an alleged affair with President Donald Trump that she signed before the 2016 presidential election, was dismissed in October. 
 
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING D’OH 
‘The Simpsons’ voice actors join Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa to light the Empire State Building Yellow – as the popular show enters into its 30th year.  
 
PARENTING HANGOVER
If you're planning a late night out with adult libations this holiday season, you're likely to plan ahead by getting a babysitter and a designated driver. But what about the next day? A new study out of University of Michigan shows most parents don't plan for a hangover day and explains why that can be extremely dangerous for you kids.   
 
 
TEEN VAPING AND DRINKING
While teenagers today are less likely to smoke cigarettes than 30 years ago, they've replaced that bad habit with another - vaping. The number of high school seniors who reported vaping nearly doubled in the past year and reports of marijuana use thanks to vaping devices has also increased. There is some good news, teenage drinking is down significantly over the past five years. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018

FLYNN 
11AM Eastern - US District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor will be sentenced in a DC Courtroom this morning.  Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition. The charges were filed as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. 
 
FED 
The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day meeting today. The fed will announce their interest rates decision tomorrow afternoon. 
 
BORING 
The Boring Company's initial test tunnel in California opens today. The tunnel will be used for the research and development of the company's tunneling and public transportation systems. The company was founded by Elon Musk in 2016 after he complained about traffic in Los Angeles. 
 
COLLINS 
There will be a court hearing this afternoon for Republican Rep. Christopher Collins, his son Cameron Collins, and his son's fiancée’s father Stephen Zarsky. The three are charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the FBI. Rep. Collins allegedly shared insider information with his son about Innate 
Immunotherapeutics - a biotechnology company he held the largest shares in and sat on its board. 
 
PRO-BOWL 
The NFL will announce the rosters for the Pro Bowl tonight during NFL Network's Total Access Pro Bowl Special. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. The 2019 Pro Bowl will be played January 27 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. 
 
KEITH RICHARDS 
He may be the quintessential rock star. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards turns 75 years old today. Born on this date in Dartford, England, the rock and roll hall of famer has been with the stones for over 50 years and is the man behind some of rock’s most iconic guitar riffs like 'Paint It Black', ‘Satisfaction’, and 'Gimme Shelter'. 
 
FORBES TECH 
Forbes will release its list of the ‘100 Richest People in Tech list’ today. 
 
USPS DEADLINE 
Today, December 18, is the recommended deadline to send mail to overseas military and have it arrive before Christmas. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

FED INTEREST RATE 
After a two day meeting in Washington DC, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC / Fed) will be out this afternoon with its decision on interest rates. At 2:30PM Eastern, Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will present the FOMC's current economic projections and provide additional context for the FOMC's policy decisions. 
 
MARY POPPINS 
54 years after the release of the original, the sequel to the Disney classic Mary Poppins hits theaters today. ‘Mary Poppins Returns', directed by Rob Marshall, tells the story of Jane and Michael once again being visited by the magical nanny in 1930s London. The Cast includes Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 
 
CENSUS DATA 
The US Census Bureau is out today with its latest set of population estimates. (National, State, and Puerto Rico Total Population Estimates and voting age population estimates). 
 
FORBES BEST COUNTRIES FOR BUSINESS 
Forbes is out today with its Best Countries for Business list. In 2017, the list was headed by the UK in with the US at 11th. 
 
ASYLUM BAN 
There is a motion hearing today in 'East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump,' a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's new asylum ban and seeking a temporary restraining order to block the policy. The case was filed by the ACLU, SPLC, and CCR on behalf of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

WEINSTEIN 
Harvey Weinstein is due in criminal court in Manhattan this morning on rape charges. Weinstein was also originally charged with first-degree criminal sex act, after allegations made by former actress Lucia Evans, who alleges Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex but a judge dropped this charge in October. 
 
ASTRONAUTS 
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst is expected to return to Earth on a Soyuz capsule, along with NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev - after six months on board the International Space Station. 
 
USPS DEADLINE 
If you want it to arrive by Christmas, the US Postal Service is telling you to get it in the mail today. This is the day the USPS recommends sending First Class Mail for Christmas delivery. 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

TRUMP HOLIDAY 
President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Mar-a-Lago today for an extended holiday vacation. He is expected to stay at his Florida resort for more than two weeks. Today also marks the deadline for a new funding deal to be agreed upon in order to avoid a government shutdown.  
 
Q3 GROWTH 
The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis will publishes its final GDP data for the third quarter of 2018 this morning. Last month's revised data showed that real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of the year. 
 
APOLLO 8 
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission launched to see far side of the moon. The three-man crew of Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first humans to escape Earth's gravity on the first manned voyage to another celestial body, and became the first humans to see the far side of the moon. The mission paved the way for the Apollo 11 moon landing the following July. 
 
LOCKERBIE 
Today is the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, when a Pan Am Boeing 747-121 named Clipper Maid of the Seas crashed onto the Scottish town, killing 270 people from 21 countries, including 11 people on the ground. Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi - the only man convicted for the atrocity - was released early on compassionate grounds from a 27year life sentence in August 2009 following his diagnosis with terminal prostate cancer. 
 
WINTER SOLSTICE 
The thermometer might beg to differ, but winter officially starts today with the Winter Solstice. It is the shortest day of the year and the start of the Pagan festival of Yule in the Northern Hemisphere. 
  
 

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