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President Trump Calls Tax Bill ‘Historic Victory For The American People’

 President Donald Trump applauded Republicans for passing a sweeping tax bill Wednesday, promising Americans they would see relief by February. During a cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump said the “historic” bill would be an “incredible Christmas gift for hardworking Americans” and touted the lower corporate rate that he says will keep businesses in the country.  GOP senators and members of Congress came to the White House later Wednesday — after the House voted on the measure a second time — to celebrate the bill’s passage. The bill also marks the first significant legislative achievement of Trump’s presidency.  ...Read more

Washington Nationals Sign Free Agent Matt Adams To One-Year Deal Worth $4 Million

The Washington Nationals have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent/first baseman Matt Adams in a deal that would bring him to D.C. If finalized, the contract is expected to include a $4M guarantee and $500K of available incentives for a single season. Adams was the lefty bat the Nationals have needed since parting ways with Adam Lind at the end of the season. The 29-year-old Adams was non-tendered by the Braves after projecting to earn a $4.6MM salary through arbitration.  ...Read more

Phillies Introduce Their New Slugger, Carlos Santana

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with former Cleveland Indian Carlos Santana. The signing, which includes a fourth-year club option, was officially announced Wednesday. The Phillies introduced Santana at a noon press conference Wednesday. Santana, 31, is a high-walk power hitter. From 2011 through 2017, he walked between 88 and 113 times each season, all while maintaining relatively low strikeout totals. Santana is a switch-hitter who came up as a catcher, but he hasn’t caught since 2014. The last three seasons, he has played primarily first base. In his eight seasons, Santana has also started 26 games at third base and seven in right field. ...Read more

Lady Gaga Announces 2-Year Special Engagement In Las Vegas Beginning December 2018

 Lady Gaga will be getting a residency show in Las Vegas. The 31-year-old singer confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts Tuesday, saying she would begin a two-year residency at MGM’s Park Theater. MGM said in a news release that Lady Gaga’s residency will begin in December 2018. Performance dates and ticket information will be announced in the coming months. Gaga posted “The rumors are true I will have my own residency in Las Vegas at MGM’s Park Theater. “I am SO HAPPY and excited beyond belief to make my own brand new show here with my new Vegas family.” ...Read more

Actress Mindy Kaling Gives Birth To Her First Child

Mindy Kaling is a mom. The 38-year-old actress has given birth to a baby girl named Katherine, welcoming the baby last Friday.  Kaling has not revealed the identity of the baby’s father, but the “Mindy Project” star said she was excited to be a mother. A rep for Kaling did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Kaling has not alluded to her happy news on social media, either. Her most recent Instagram post on Tuesday promoted “Ocean’s 8.” ...Read more

12 Dead, 20 Injured In Mexico Tour Bus Crash

At least 12 people died when a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico flipped over on a highway early Tuesday, officials said. The crash occurred as the bus was on its way to the ruins at Chacchoben, about 110 miles south of Tulum. Seven Americans and two citizens of Sweden are among the injured, according to authorities. Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises said in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved in the crash. The cause of the accident was under investigation. ...Read more

House Passes GOP Tax Overhaul Bill

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a sweeping tax overhaul bill, moving the legislation on to the Senate for consideration. The bill passed 227-203. The 500-page, $1.5 trillion bill lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, and the top individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. The Senate was expected to pass the vote Tuesday night. Even if all 48 Democrat senators vote against the tax bill, Republicans expect to have enough votes to pass it.  ...Read more

Texas Rangers Pitcher Martin Perez Hurts Non-Throwing Elbow In Mishap With Bull

Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez broke his non-pitching elbow in a mishap with a bull and is likely to miss the start of the season. Perez had surgery Monday in Dallas and is expected to start throwing in about a month; but the Rangers said Tuesday that Perez won’t be ready for games for about four months, which could push his season debut into May. The injury occurred on Perez’s ranch in his native Venezuela. General manager Jon Daniels said Perez told him he was startled by a bull and fell on the elbow. After missing most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons because of reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, Perez has led the Rangers in starts each of the past two seasons. ...Read more

Rangers Pitcher Cole Hamels And His Wife Donate $9.4 Million Mansion To Charity

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to a charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses and their siblings. The massive 32,000-square foot home, located in Table Rock Lake and worth an estimated $10 million, will be donated to Camp Barnabas. The pitcher started construction on the mansion in 2012, however when he was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Texas Rangers and they had to relocate. The family was never able to move into the the home, which contains 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, two kitchens, a two-car garage, and an elevator. ...Read more

First Official Trailer Released For ‘Ocean’s 8’ Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett And All-Female Cast

Sandra Bullock gathers a crew of seven uniquely skilled women to plot a major jewel heist in the new trailer for “Ocean’s 8.”  Warner Bros. released the official trailer for the “Ocean’s” film spin off on Tuesday morning, December 19.  In the movie, Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (the character made famous by George Clooney in the original “Ocean’s” films.) The all female cast include Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina, The film, directed by Gary Ross and produced by George Clooney, hits theaters on June 8. ...Read more