Good Wednesday morning, and happy getaway day. An encouragement for a head start on resolutions, which flashed above Roy and me as we dogged the run at Orangetheory Fitness: "Yesterday you said today."
Bulletin ... "A United Nations war crimes tribunal convicted Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general, ... of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia." (N.Y. Times)
Uber's belated announcement of a "2016 Data Security Incident" — the hack of personal information about 57 million Uber users around the world —is the latest in a barrage of breaches that shows we can't count on any privacy, regardless of how personally cautious/paranoid we are.
USA Today compiled figures on other massive breaches. Consider the union of all these users — it's virtually everybody:
Be smart: This is a creeping change in our society — not based on any one announcement or event. But these breaches, which the targeted corporations have repeatedly tried to conceal and understate, show that all of us have either had private data captured and resold underground, or will soon enough.
A source close to Trump tells Axios' Jonathan Swan what led to the president's statement yesterday boosting Roy Moore, delivered on the South Lawn as the first family headed to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving:
There was no "if true." Reflecting quickly changing times, Charlie Rose's "CBS Morning News" co-hosts delivered unsparing denunciations of their former friend and colleague, hours before CBS announced his firing: Norah O'Donnell: "This has to end. ... This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand, and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening."Gayle King: "I really am reeling. I got 1 hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night — both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said: 'Are you OK?' I am not OK. After reading that article in the [Washington] Post — it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read."P.S. "Rose's swift firing clouds CBS morning show's future," by L.A. Times' Stephen Battaglio, on A1: "CBS News President David Rhodes' decisive — and rapid — action reflects heightened responsiveness from companies as more women come forward with allegations against prominent media and entertainment industry figures in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel — who this week was unable to assemble the coalition needed to form a government, and now is contemplating a snap election — attends a plenary session of the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin yesterday.
"President Trump's vision of a 'big, beautiful' wall along the Mexican border may never be realized. ... But in a systematic and less visible way, his administration is following a blueprint to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States," the WashPost's Maria Sacchetti and Nick Miroff point out on A1:
The FCC's plan to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules will allow internet providers to block or throttle content or offer paid fast lanes as long as they tell their customers, Axios' David McCabe reports:
Leo Abruzzese, global director of public policy for The Economist Intelligence Unit, promising "Good-ish times for the global economy," in the magazine's "The World in 2018" special:
See more from The Economist's "The World in 2018."
"Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday," BBC reports:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... David Mushakwe, a car electrician in Harare: "I just want to say to His Excellency: 'Go and rest now, our father. We still love you. But we're happy today. We're hoping now for a better future.'"
First lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump, 11, greet a 19½-foot Balsam fir from Wisconsin at the North Portico on Monday. AP's Darlene Superville says the tree will be displayed in the Blue Room:
AP Was There ... Nov. 22, 1963: "The Associated Press is republishing a version of its report ... It is published as it was originally, and contains an error in the first paragraph, which refers to Kennedy as the 36th president, instead of the 35th.
DALLAS, TX., NOV. 22 (AP) - President John F. Kennedy, thirty-sixth president of the United States, was shot to death today by a hidden assassin armed with a high-powered rifle.