*Sunny skies today high 39
*The American Red Cross will host a warming shelter at The Salvation Army's Family Haven on Page Avenue in Creve Coeur. The shelter can host up to 48 people, it also provides meals, laundry and help finding housing. It's open through March 15th.
Time magazine has revealed its shortlist for 2018's Person of the Year.
The magazine will announce its pick on Tuesday morning from a list they've narrowed down to 10 finalists, which were revealed this morning on the Today show. They include Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, special counsel Robert Mueller, murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Meghan Markle, South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, the March for Our Lives activists from Parkland, Florida, and the families that were separated at the southern border.
The magazine says its criteria for picking the Person of the Year is based on the person or group that had the biggest impact on the world. Last year's title went to "The Silence Breakers," who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment.
JOHN KELLY: White House Exit Raises Concerns About the Future
It was announced Saturday Chief of Staff John Kelly will exit the White House by the end of the year, raising concerns about how the Trumpadministration will handle legal and political challenges next year.
Some feel that Donald Trump may fire special counsel Robert Mueller, once Kelly has departed. Senator Chris Murphy said Sunday on ABC's This Week that Mueller may be on the "chopping block," adding, "I imagine that [Kelly] was one of the people that was attempting to convince the president not to fire Mueller, to not issue pardons as a means to trying to influence the investigation."
A retired four-star general, Kelly was brought in to help stabilize a White House that seemed to be in chaos.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that Kelly is a "force for order, clarity, and good sense." (The Hill)
President Supports Massive Defense Budget -
President Trump is supporting three-quarters of a trillion dollars in defense spending.
That would be higher than the 733-billion dollar request the Pentagon's expected to make for the 2020 fiscal year. Earlier this fall Trump told all cabinet officials to cut their budgets by five-percent.
At the time, he suggested then the military would not face the sort of cuts he wants from other agencies. It’s reported that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke with Trump in the past few days about what the Pentagon chief views as the risks of a flat defense budget.
Unless the measure passes before the new Congress is installed, Trump will have a battle getting the request through a Democratic House.
Police Investigate Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed Around Pittsburgh -
Pennsylvania police are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh on the eighth night of Hanukkah.
The areas they were posted included the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where a synagogue mass shooting took place in October. Authorities say they are serious about the situation as "hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh."
The content of the pamphlets, as well as other details, were not immediately released. This follows the death of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October, shot by a gunman who targeted Jews on social media.
Source: Huffington Post
JARED KUSHNER: Did He Advise Saudi Crown Prince?
Following the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Jared Kushner – Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser – "offered the crown prince [of Saudi Arabia] advice about how to weather the storm," a Saudi source told The New York Times.
The report claims Kushner was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "most important defender inside the White House," as he faced growing worldwide criticism for his alleged role in the killing of the journalist.
Last month, a CIA investigation called the Saudi prince complicit in the killing of Khashoggi. Trump shrugged the news off and suggested that even if MBS personally ordered the murder, the U.S. would still continue its relationship with the kingdom. (HuffPost)
*Slow down and take a deep breath, according to a new study drivers are 200% more aggressive during the holiday season because people are stressed out and in a hurry.
*The Blues lost to the Canucks 6-1 yesterday, they play the Panthers tomorrow