ADMINISTRATION MOVES ON POLICE REFORM “The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order meant to improve training for local law enforcement agencies that receive equipment through federal grant programs. Among the proposed initiatives is a 3-year, $263 million investment package, of which $75 million would go toward covering half the cost of 50,000 officer-mounted cameras -- a technology that has been widely cited as a necessary police reform following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in August.” However $75 million is a drop in the bucket when it comes to outfitting the nation’s police force, which employs 630,000 officers nationwide. And Attorney General Eric Holder also announced new guidelines to limit racial profiling. [HuffPost]
AS OIL PRICES FALL, A TRANSFER OF WEALTH AND POWER “Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season. The result could be one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history, potentially reshaping everything from talks over Iran’s nuclear program to the Federal Reserve’s policies to further rejuvenate the U.S. economy.” Amidst the changing oil landscape, Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin will be diverting an oil pipeline to Turkey after diplomatic pressure from the European Union. [WaPo]
UKRAINE, RUSSIA-BACKED SEPARATISTS AGREE TO CEASE-FIRE Fighting will end Friday. [AP]
EBOLA DEATHS REVISED DOWN The World Health Organization revised the Ebola death toll down 1,000 deaths, bringing the total to 5,987 deaths. The WHO warned the largest problem now is successfully tracking all of those that are infected and can transmit the deadly virus. [Reuters]
LEBANON DETAINS WIFE, DAUGHTER OF ISIS LEADER Coordinating with foreign intelligence officials, Lebanon was able to detain one of the wives of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. [Reuters]
JEB BUSH TALKS 2016 In laying out his vision for a potential 2016 run, Bush also stated the Republican candidate would have to “lose the primary to win the general, without violating your principles.” [WSJ]
THE HUNT FOR BURMESE JADE “Driven by an insatiable demand from the growing Chinese middle class, Myanmar’s jade industry is booming and should be showering the nation, one of the world’s poorest, with unprecedented prosperity. Instead, much of the wealth it generates remains in control of elite members of the military, the rebel leaders fighting them for greater autonomy and the Chinese financiers with whom both sides collude to smuggle billions of dollars’ worth of the gem into China, according to jade miners, mining companies and international human rights groups.” [NYT]
GETTING FIRED TWICE FROM ‘THE VIEW’ WOULD BE ROUGH But that’s looking more and more likely for Rosie O’Donnell. [Page Six]
YOU’LL BE ABLE TO ORDER GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ONLINE And they can be delivered to your door. Hello, case of Thin Mints. [AP]
GOODBYE, CLIPART Microsoft is replacing the 90s PowerPoint staple with Bing Images. [The Next Web]
‘FRIENDS’ HITS NETFLIX IN 30 DAYS Read the pilot script to celebrate. [Vulture]
NBC GREEN-LIGHTED SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FOR A LAUREN GRAHAM LATE NIGHT COMEDY Oh, Lorelei, the fun we will have. [Entertainment Weekly]
LET’S TALK ABOUT LEFTOVERS “Thanksgiving remnants are just one drop in the American food-waste bucket, though. The amount of food we throw away year-round is adding up to be a bit of a problem. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps make up 20 percent of our landfills, and each year Americans toss 35 million tons of uneaten groceries. That's nearly enough to feed the population of California.” [The Atlantic]
WAIT TO RESPOND TO WORK EMAIL No one wants the burnout you’ll suffer from firing off endless emails. [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
BERNIE SANDERS: SAVING THE MIDDLE CLASS “The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all? Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy? These are the most important questions of our time, and how we answer them will determine the future of our country.” [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ You absolutely need these ugly Christmas sweaters.
~ What happens when you give a girl a kitten for her birthday.
~ The famous Queen Elizabeth II schooner appears to have lost its luster as plans to turn it into a floating hotel have failed.
~ Stephen Hawking’s next goal: Bond villain.
~ The Washington Redskins don’t understand the concept of “Cyber” Monday.
~ Even this dog can’t resist singing along to “Let It Go.”
~ Let the countdown begin: we have a “House of Cards” season 3 premiere date.
~ And boy does George Clooney fit right in on the “Downton Abbey” set.
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