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Momentum for smart cities — fed by big promises from industry and big hopes by government — is being slowed by a wave of public skepticism, Axios' Kim Hart and Aïda Amer report.
Growth of smart cities has been slower than predicted, but look at all the data-intensive technologies that have been deployed around the world:
The House Judiciary Committee used a court filing to renew its effort to enforce a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn, to determine "whether to recommend additional articles of impeachment," Zachary Basu reports.
Senate leaders, at a holiday standoff over the trial, bargained publicly while much of the nation was shopping and traveling:
The bottom line: The minority has a lot more power in the Senate than in the House.
This satellite image shows the construction of a new structure this month at a factory, near Pyongyang, where North Korea manufactures military trucks used as mobile launchers for long-range missiles.
Holocaust survivors sang at Jerusalem's Western Wall, danced in Paris and lit candles to celebrate Hanukkah, recalling Nazi horrors that Jewish community leaders fear are fading from the world's collective memory, AP reports.
An estimated 400,000 Holocaust survivors are alive, about half of them in Israel.
Boeing Chairman David Calhoun, who'll take over as CEO from the ousted Dennis Muilenburg on Jan. 13, talked with FAA administrator Steve Dickson within hours of yesterday's shakeup, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports.
Two quotes from the conversation, per LeBeau:
Why it matters: This is an effort to reset a sour relationship. LeBeau said Calhoun wants to send "a very clear signal that Boeing wants to get this fixed, and do it right."
"President Trump is promising voters a world free of the everyday inconveniences associated with combating climate change — rolling back lightbulb regulations, ordering a study on low-flow toilets and turning bans on plastic straws into a campaign rallying cry," the WashPost's Toluse Olorunnipa and Juliet Eilperin write.
Republican governors in several red states say they'll continue to accept refugees — despite President Trump's executive order allowing state and local governments to block resettlements, Rashaan Ayesh and Stef Kight report.
What’s happening: Republican governors of Tennessee, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Nebraska last week wrote letters to the State Department or publicly announced they would continue accepting refugee resettlements.
What to watch: Texas will likely become a battleground as Trump’s executive order divides Gov. Greg Abbott, a conservative, and liberal city mayors.
You're the Queen of England. You're 93. Your country is split politically — and perhaps physically, if the Scots walk. Your prime minister is "Boris." A rift between your grandsons has been covered all year. Your new granddaughter-in-law [Corrected] bucks tradition. Your son Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein — don't get me started.
A $110 sneaker Nike made in partnership with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sold out on the first day of North American release, CNBC reports.
The sole of the right shoe has the date "08 14 16" — the first time Kaepernick didn't stand during the national anthem, per CNN.
A new generation of toy stores hopes to capitalize on the demise of Toys R Us by emphasizing playtime — "experiential retail," AP's Anne D'Innocenzio writes.
🥛🍪Thanks for starting the holiday with us — best to you and yours for the hours ahead. I'll be in Oregon for Christmas. Justin and I will be back with PM, and I'll have a Christmas morning dispatch from the Ericsons' bonus room ...
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