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1. George H.W. Bush honored in Washington
It was an emotional day as former President George H.W. Bush was remembered by mourners on both sides of the political aisle on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined former presidents and first ladies in attendance in a rare, unifying moment, notes ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran.
“[Bush] recognized that whatever he thought of 45 — and he didn’t much like him — he was put there by the people and the Constitution, and he wanted him at his funeral,” Moran tells us.
2. More user-data headaches for Facebook
A trove of internal Facebook emails released by U.K. lawmakers on Wednesday revealed the social media giant considered selling user data to outside app developers.
About 250 pages of documents were published online as part of British Parliament’s inquiry into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The pages include conversations from 2012 to 2015 between senior Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, discussing giving special access to certain companies including Netflix, Airbnb and Lyft.
Kurt Wagner, who covers Facebook as a senior editor of social media at Recode, breaks down what we learned from the documents: “We really saw that this data gave Facebook a lot of power, both as a potential line of business but also in a way to kind of help or hurt potential competitors depending on how big of a threat they were.”
Facebook responded by saying said the documents were “cherry-picked” and “important context” had been omitted.
In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg denied the company had ever sold personal data: “Like any organization, we had a lot of internal discussion and people raised different ideas. Ultimately, we decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted. This model has worked well.”
3. GOP power play in Wisconsin
Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin moved to weaken the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the attorney general this week during the lame-duck legislative session.
Evers said yesterday he would make a personal appeal to Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto the bills.
ABC News’ Adam Kelsey tells us: “If Walker wants to side with Republicans, he can easily sign these bills and Tony Evers’ hands are tied.”
4. USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy protection
Ever since Larry Nassar was convicted of multiple counts of sex abuse, USA Gymnastics has seen two CEOs resign amid the fallout over the crimes of its erstwhile employee.
Yesterday, the organization filed for bankruptcy protection.
Marisa Kwaitkowsky, who’s covered the Nassar scandal for the Indianapolis Star, says multiple high-profile athletes have not been afraid to criticize USA Gymnastics in recent weeks for how it’s handled the issue.
‘I think the comments about Michael Cohen are unprecedented, inappropriate, unseemly; whether or not they’re obstructive is a slightly different question’: Legal experts talk to ABC News about whether tweets by the president of the United States of America constitute witness tampering or obstruction of justice.
‘I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for any hurt my words may have caused’: Natalie Portman apologizes to Jessica Simpson after saying in a recent interview she was “confused” in 1999 when she saw a bikini-clad Simpson on a magazine cover saying “I’m a virgin” — “Like,” Portman told USA TODAY, “I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
Accusations of debauchery, spreading immorality and seducing minors: A popular Egyptian actress is threatened with a five-year prison term for wearing a revealing dress at a film festival.
‘This is terrible news’: Carbon emissions on the only planet currently available to sustain human life rose the most in seven years.
From our partners at FiveThirtyEight:
An emotional George W. Bush pays tribute to his father: Former presidents, family, friends and former dignitaries gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for the 41st president’s state funeral.
George H.W. Bush, in his own words, reflects on his presidency, family: In previous ABC News interviews with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, the 41st president spoke about politics and family.
Today in history:
Dec. 6, 2005 — The House committee investigates the government’s handling of Hurricane Katrina.
The must-see photo:
Former President George W. Bush speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral in Washington. (photo credit: Alex Brandon/Reuters)
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