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Cohen Sentenced: A judge sentenced President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to three years in prison and gave him a nearly $2 million fine. Cohen teared up in court and apologized to the American people and his family. He said he was weak for his "blind loyalty to Donald Trump." He also said he thought it was his "duty" to cover up what he called Trump's "dirty deeds." Remember: he pleaded guilty to several crimes, including tax evasion, lying to Congress and breaking campaign finance laws. Trump has said in the past that Cohen is lying to get a lower prison sentence.
Read more: CBS News, USA Today, FOX NEWS
National Enquirer's Deal: Prosecutors struck a surprise deal with the publisher of the National Enquirer. The company now admits it played a role in paying a woman to keep a story quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. In exchange, the executives and company won't face criminal charges. Read more: NYT
Fam Bill (& Legal Hemp): Congress compromised and passed an $867 billion farm bill, and President Trump is expected to sign it. It provides subsidies to farmers who have been struggling because of the trade war with China. It also legalizes hemp -- a form of cannabis.
Read more: Farm Bill The Washington Post, / Legal Hemp Business Insider
Obamacare Enrollment: The deadline is this Saturday to sign-up for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). A new analysis found millions of uninsured are eligible for Obamacare at no cost, but they likely don't realize it. Another report found overall sign-ups are down compared to last year.
Read more: The Hill, Vox, CNBC,, Healthcare.gov
Brexit Drama: Prime Minister Theresa May survived a dramatic no-confidence vote, so she gets to keep her job. She's now heading to the EU Summit to negotiate the Brexit deal more. The deadline for Britain to leave the EU is in March 2019, and there's still a lot to figure out before then. To be continued...
Read more: BBC, The Guardian
W. Virginia "Miracle": A happy ending when three people trapped in a shut down coal mine were found alive and rescued. They were reported missing four days earlier. The sheriff called it a "miracle."
Read more: CBS News, CNN
LuLulemon Subscription: LuLulemon has been testing a loyalty program that costs about $100 per year. The perks include a pair of yoga pants or shorts, free shipping and a free yoga or fitness class.
Read more: CNBC, Bloomberg
Most Googled in 2018: The most Googled person in the world in 2018 was Meghan Markle. The most Googled movie was Black Panther. The most Googled anything this year was "World Cup."
Read more: Google: Year in Search 2018, Quartz
A First for Sesame Street: For the first time, a muppet on Sesame Street is experiencing homelessness. The nonprofit behind the show hopes Lily's story will help support the growing number of children in the U.S. who don't have a home. Sesame Street in Communities is also holding a panel discussion today at 4 p.m EST on Facebook Live to raise awareness. Details below.
Read more: CNN, Sesame Street in Communities Event
Thing to Know Thursday:
Top Travel Trends & Tips for 2019
Read More: Kidtripster
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