- A new report shows the federal government has spent billions on public relations over the past seven years. And since 2007, the number of PR positions within the federal government has gone up by 15 percent; based on the number of PR employees, the U.S. government would rank as the second-largest public relations firm in the world.
- The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in an affirmative action case today.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time magazine's 2015 person of the year.
- The eternal sunshine of Donald Trump: "I. Will. Never. Leave. This. Race," the Donald tells reporters.
- "Meet the apostates of the trans rights movement": trans women who say that they aren't "real" women.
- Uber is testing out a new ride-sharing template, UberHOP, in San Francisco.
- The U.S. House voted yesterday to ban people who've visited Iraq or Syria in the previous five years from to America.
- How Cuba has changed in the past year.
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