Dec 16, 2019

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard chart 25 years after release

Mariah Carey during the grand opening of Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Sept. 6, 2017. Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," originally released in 1994, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time this week.

Why it matters: The 25-year wait from the song's release to its place at No. 1 is the longest in Billboard history. It also adds to Carey's personal chart records — the song is now her 19th No. 1 (the most among solo artists; and overall trailing only The Beatles' 20) and her 80th week at No. 1 (Rihanna is closest at 60). It's also the first holiday No. 1 since The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song" in 1959.

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California's new privacy law is here

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Starting today, Californians can find out what data certain companies have collected about them, and even ask for it to be deleted, under the new California Consumer Privacy Act.

Why it matters: The law covers residents of the most populous state, but it also has national repercussions. Some companies like Microsoft have already said they'll be extending the practices required under the law to all their customers and users. And other states tend to follow California when it introduces firm rules that don't exist on the federal level.

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Jurisdictional issues scuttled surprise billing fix

Jurisdictional infighting and intense lobbying from industry ultimately scuttled Congress' efforts to deal with surprise medical bills this year.

Why it matters: Surprise bills were about as close to a slam-dunk as Congress gets in health policy, and lawmakers' failure to get such an easy thing across the finish line doesn't bode well for other, harder priorities.

Go deeperArrowDec 19, 2019

Joe Biden is "healthy, vigorous," doctor's report says

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is a "healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency," a doctor's report released by his 2020 campaign on Tuesday says.

The big picture: Top candidates Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are each older than 70 years old. They promised on the debate stage in September to release their medical and surgical histories before the primary's first votes are cast.

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