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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady Confirms He Plans To Play Well Beyond 2019

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady repeated his intention to continue playing in 2019 and beyond. Brady said in an interview, “I absolutely believe I will. I know I’ve talked about it for a long time. I have goals to not only play next year, but beyond that. I’m going to try to do it as best I possibly can. I’m going to give it everything I have, like I always have. It will certainly be a challenge. I don’t take any of these things for granted, but I hope I can keep playing, and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level.” ...Read more

Kevin Spacey Charged With Sexual Assault; Posts Bizarre Video As His “Frank Underwood” Character From House Of Cards

Officials announced earlier this week that Kevin Spacey has been formally charged with sexual assault, more than a year after a former Boston news anchor came forward with allegations the disgraced actor sexually assaulted her teenage son at a bar in 2016. Cape and Island District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said in a statement “a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery” has been issued “against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey,” for the July 2016 incident. Spacey will be arraigned at Nantucket District Court January 7. ...Read more

Guatemalan Boy, 8, Dies At Border While In Government Custody

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday. This is the second immigrant child to die in detention this month. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the boy, identified by the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, died shortly after midnight. The boy showed “signs of potential illness” Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, CBP said. After he was release, the boy was returned to the hospital Monday evening and died hours later, CBP said. The official cause of death is not known, and in accordance with CBP policy, the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility will conduct a review.  ...Read more

President Trump Offers Holiday Greetings To U.S. Troops

President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Christmas Day, wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the world a Merry Christmas. President Trump spoke by video conference to members of all five branches of the U.S. military, saying in part: “I know it’s a great sacrifice for you to be away from your families, but I want you to know that every American family is eternally grateful to you, and we’re holding you close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We love what you do and love your work. Amazing people.”  ...Read more

Senate Adjourns Until After Christmas With Government Partially Shut Down

The government will be partially shut down through Christmas, as Washington remains divided over budget negotiations and nowhere near a resolution to the shutdown that began early Saturday morning. All sides now anticipate the impasse will continue into the first weeks of January. On Sunday, incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the shutdown could continue into the next congressional session in January. Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives on January 3rd.  ...Read more