1…………> Digging For Dirt: Special Counsel Mueller
President Trump’s transition team accused special counsel Robert Mueller of “unlawfully” gaining access to thousands of private emails as part of a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including messages from at least 12 high-ranking members of Trump’s transition team.
A lawyer for Trump’s transition organization complained to US Congress that Mueller obtained the emails without asking the transition group directly, arguing that transition teams are private organizations whose records are not subject to presidential records laws.
2…………>Java Earthquakes: Tsunami Alert
Indonesian authorities have issued tsunami alert after an earthquake measuring 4.5-magnitude occurred 48 km southwest of West Java city of Sukabumi at 11:04 p.m. at a depth of 50 km, followed by a second earthquake with a scale of 7.3 occurred around 42 minutes later with epicenter at 74 km southwest of Kawalu, at a depth of 105 km. The third earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 took place almost at the same time, at a depth of 107 km.
The earthquakes left at least seven injured, collapsed and damaged more than 100 houses in the two provinces.
3…………> End Of Dynasty: Romania
The coffin of Romania’s former King Mihai I is seen in front of the former Royal Palace, now National Art Museum, in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 16, 2017. Romania’s former King Mihai I died on Dec. 5 at the age of 96 at his residence in Switzerland. (Xinhua/Gabriel Petrescu)
4…………> A Message Of Peace
Turn of the channel on people who have offended and demeaned the teachings of our beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, also known as Rabbi Emmanuel. Walk away, let them dry on the scorching sun. Listen to the sound of Christus Vincit, a message of peace and hope.
5…………> Fat Cats Haircut: About Time
The highly praised Trump’s tax cuts will lower the deduction for state and local taxes, known as the SALT provision, a loophole wealthy people in states such as New York and California can easily use to lower their federal taxable income by $100,000 or more. GOP controlled Congress is about to cap the total amount of state and local deductions at only $10,000, a change that will unleash a wave of wealthy New York and California families relocating to another state with a more favorable tax environment, a bad news for the Democratic party fat cats Hollywood and Wall Street donors .
6…………> Xinhua Weekly Photo Gallery
Most enigmatic, memorable and touching photos of the past week as posted by Xinhua.
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