Need 2 Know: Oval Office Fireworks, May No-Confidence Vote

December 12, 2018

These are the headlines you Need 2 Know.

  • Trump & Dems: In an explosive public meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Trump said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for a border wall. Pelosi and Schumer repeatedly clashed with the president during the televised meeting, as Vice President Pence looked on in silence. Schumer later called the spat a “temper tantrum.” Read more here.

  • France Attack: A gunman who had been previously flagged as a threat opened fire at a popular Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, killing at least three before fleeing. Five people have been detained while the gunman remains at large. France has increased its terror alert level. Read more here.

  • Brexit: UK Prime Minister Theresa May could be out of a job after her Conservative party holds a no-confidence vote in Parliament, scheduled for today. May vowed to fight, arguing that her successor would not have enough time to negotiate the terms of Brexit before the March deadline. Read more here.

  • Stormy Payment: A judge has ordered Stormy Daniels to pay more than $290,000 in legal fees to President Trump. After the adult film star’s defamation lawsuit against the president was dismissed, the president’s lawyers had reportedly asked for nearly $800,000. Read more here.

  • Climate Change: The Arctic is warming at the most unprecedented pace in human history and is heading toward “uncharted territory,” according to a new government report that warns the effects from climate change on Arctic ice are beginning to be felt in the U.S. Read more here.

  • Marriott Hack: The massive cyber attack on Marriott’s Starwood customer database, which exposed the personal information of 500 million people is said to be part of a wider and ongoing Chinese-sponsored hack that targeted other American companies and institutions. The White House is reportedly planning new indictments on people it identified as hackers working for Beijing. Read more here.

  • Curry & The Moon: NASA invited Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry on a tour to prove to him the moon landing is real after he said he didn’t believe it happened. Curry told reporters he had received “interesting feedback” from former astronauts since he made the comments. Read more here.

  • Kathie Lee Exit: TODAY co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the show. Gifford, who’s been anchoring the TODAY show with Hoda Kotb for a decade, will work through April 7, 2019. Jenna Bush Hager is reportedly the frontrunner to replace Gifford, who said on air that she was leaving to work on her movie career. Read more here.

  • Post Malone Crocs: Rapper Post Malone’s second collaboration with Crocs was an instant success: the shoes sold out right away. Read more here.

  • Person of the Year: TIME magazine chose for its “person of the year” a group of journalists that included Jamal Khashoggi and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper, which was the scene of a mass shooting in June. TIME named them “guardians” who had been targeted for their work. See the covers here.

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