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Daily News Digest – December 11, 2018

Presented By the Stop The HIT Coalition

Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, December 11.



1. Farm Bill is ready.

  • House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the $867 billion Farm Bill.
  • The five-year bill was signed out of conference committee last night and is expected to hit the floor this week.
  • One provision many conservatives really wanted – tougher work requirements for food stamps – was taken out of bill. House passed it, Senate couldn’t, what are you gonna do.
  • But, they got strong measures preventing fraud and duplication within the food stamp program.
  • That will disappoint some conservatives, and perhaps cause a handful to vote no, but there’s no way strict work requirements will pass the Senate without 60 votes.
  • Earlier this year, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to enforce existing work requirements and review all programs, waivers and exemptions.
  • The bill largely keeps the status quo for Alabama farmers. The Conservation Reserve program is expanded and now nieces and nephews can take part in the crop insurance program.
  • Read more details from The Wall Street Journal and

2. Jeff Sessions is home today.

  • Don’t forget: former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in town today.
  • By in town, I mean Montgomery.
  • As I mentioned on Friday, Sessions is speaking to the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at noon.
  • What will he talk about?
  • He accomplished a lot of what he wanted to as AG, albeit quietly: crackdowns on illegal immigration and violent crime, curbing opioid abuse, and supporting the police.
  • Most ears will likely be trained on what he has to say about the future. You know, that 2020 Senate race everybody has him running for.
  • My guess? Don’t count on some big announcement. Sometimes it’s just good to be home and free from constraint.


A Message from the Stop The HIT Coalition

  • The Stop The HIT Coalition thanks Senator Doug Jones for protecting Alabama small businesses, middle-class families and seniors from the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.
  • This costly, unfair and hidden tax increases the cost of health insurance in the small business market, needlessly stifles economic growth and should be repealed.
  • Senator Jones joined a bipartisan group in urging Senate leadership to prioritize urgent cost savings for hardworking Alabamians before the tax returns.
  • Thank Senator Jones for working for Alabama small businesses and families by supporting efforts to stop the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.


3. Time for ‘Chuck and Nancy.’

  • How will we fund the government??
  • Will Congress fund a border wall?
  • Good questions. It is ten days until several agencies run out of money, including Homeland Security.
  • Today, President Donald Trump will meet with Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer today to figure some of this out.
  • They are trying to avert a partial government shutdown amid a sharp dispute over the president’s border wall proposal.
  • There are other things on the list, though. The farm bill (POTUS wanted work requirements) and a formal rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • “Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement Monday.
  • That’s not exactly true given the rules of the Senate, but it’s crazy how much better Democrats are than Republicans at these negotiations. Crazier still that some Democrats want to get rid of Chuck & Nancy.
  • In case you were wondering how things might go, look no further than Alabama’s Sen. Richard Shelby, who had this to say about his latest meeting with Trump on budget negotiations:
“When I was with him, the indication was he didn’t want to shut the government down, but he did want his wall.”


4. Hoover cracking down.

*First a correction: I wrote yesterday that local and state police had met with the family of E.J. Bradford and showed them video footage from inside the Galleria. That was incorrect. ALEA has shown family attorneys video footage, not the family. I’m sorry for messing that up.
  • Three people have been arrested in the continuing protests over the Thanksgiving night shooting.
  • Two men were arrested on disorderly conduct charges after a protest that briefly shut down I-459. A woman was arrested after someone was seen throwing Christmas ornaments into traffic in Hoover, where the shooting occurred.
  • In a statement, the city said it supported the right to protest peacefully but that blocking I-459 presents “a serious public safety concern for everyone.”
  • “We have consistently stated that we will not allow roads and highways to be blocked by protesters because it is hazardous and jeopardizes the safety of all citizens and visitors to Hoover,” the statement said.
  • Read more HERE.

5. News Briefs.

Google comes to the Hill
  • Google’s CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.
  • CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments’ manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections.
  • Alabama’s Rep. Martha Roby is on the House Judiciary Committee.
  • You can watch live beginning at 10:00 Eastern, 9:00 Central HERE.
Trade Talks
  • China’s economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, indicating negotiations between our countries are going ahead.
  • Vice Premier Liu He talked by phone with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer talked by phone about “the promotion of the next economic and trade consultations,” said a two-sentence Commerce Ministry statement. It gave no other details.
  • The announcement indicated talks are on track despite China’s weekend threats of unspecified “grave consequences” if the Huawei Technologies Ltd. executive arrested in Canada last week isn’t released. She was arrested on U.S. charges of possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.
  • Gotta love Canada when it comes to the Iranians.
  • Anyway, read more HERE.
That was Sweet
  • Two women are charged with taking drugs into an Alabama prison while visiting male inmates.
  • The Department of Corrections says 46-year-old Delicia Sweet of Enterprise was arrested Sunday after an officer at Staton prison in Elmore found her with a package containing marijuana. She was visiting an inmate at the time.
  • The agency says 51-year-old Donna Stewart of Brookwood was arrested after an officer found drugs on an inmate the woman was visiting. A statement from prison officials says the woman admitted giving the marijuana to the man.
  • Both women are charged with promoting prison contraband, and Sweet also is charged with marijuana possession.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 3 arrested in protests over Alabama police shooting
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall, shutdown
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – China, US discuss plans for trade talks
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 2 women charged with taking drugs into prison
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – December 10, 2018
AL.COM – Jeff Sessions to speak in Montgomery on Tuesday
AL.COM – Outraged Birmingham mayor goes door-to-door after shooting kills 1 woman, injures 2 others
AL.COM – UAB professor arrested near Riverchase Galleria over I-459 shut down
AL.COM – Trump school lunch changes: Obama-era rules relaxed to allow refined grains, low-fat milk
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: What Ivey learned from Bentley: Say nothing
AL.COM – 7 names added to Alabama Fallen Heroes Memorial
AL.COM – US authorities arrest 32 at San Diego-Tijuana border demonstration
AL.COM – Outraged Birmingham mayor goes door-to-door after shooting kills 1 woman, injures 2 others
AL.COM – Supreme Court opts not to take on Planned Parenthood funding issues at state level
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – One inmate killed, three injured in violence at Holman prison
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – SPLC: ADOC should be held in contempt for missing mental health staffing deadline
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery man arrested for shooting girlfriend’s car 14 times
DOTHAN EAGLE – Juvenile charged for making threats towards Rehobeth schools
DOTHAN EAGLE – Single vehicle accident closes portion of Ross Clark Circle early Monday
DOTHAN EAGLE – Arraignment scheduled for Dothan man charged with child abuse
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Hoover officials: ‘Individuals violating the law will be prosecuted’
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – A ‘Story Worth Sharing’: Yellowhammer News and Serquest Partner to award monthly grants to Alabama nonprofits
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Report: Birmingham one of best, most affordable cities for New Year’s Eve
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Editorial: Clicking, clacking, crashing: Put down phone while driving
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – VIDEO: Boxing trainer Freddie Roach on Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Pate pulls out of deal to buy former Sprayberry building
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Northport council poised to fill District 3 vacancy
DECATUR DAILY – Oakville park seeking $120,000 grant for improvements
DECATUR DAILY – Brexit in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote on it
DECATUR DAILY – Decatur police investigating fatal wreck Friday night on U.S. 31
TIMES DAILY – Colbert commissioner outlines jail plan
TIMES DAILY – Agencies form downtown alliance
TIMES DAILY – Commission to get professional services help at landfill
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Duck hunters rescued from river Saturday
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Airshow cost $148K, drew 8K
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Top runner logs 6:51 minute pace [with gallery]
TROY MESSENGER – Gaining steam: Copeland, Christian lead Patriots to win over Abbeville Christian
TROY MESSENGER – Shelia Jackson concert brings youth talent to stage
TROY MESSENGER – Dunbar could be site of new jail
THE ANNISTON STAR – Calhoun County Jail inmate sent to hospital in critical condition
THE ANNISTON STAR – Relaxed school lunch rules may mean fewer whole grains, more milk fat
THE ANNISTON STAR – Nonprofit holds blood drive in Jacksonville today
GADSDEN TIMES – Bell ringers needed to help Salvation Army reach goal
GADSDEN TIMES – Well-wishers salute Junkins as retirement nears
GADSDEN TIMES – Rotary Club of Gadsden gives Adams Elementary library a lift
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Auburn Residents concerned about student housing
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – TURNER: A man in demand: From Opelika to around the world, Auburn grad serves nation
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Portion of East Glenn Avenue to temporarily close tonight for crane removal
CULLMAN TIMES – Hanceville woman identified as wreck victim
CULLMAN TIMES – Elks host early Santa visit for local children
CULLMAN TIMES – Snow flurries over Cullman; ice could form overnight
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Ninety-two HMS students inducted into NJHS
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – THS grad named Troy University Homecoming Queen
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Project Santa solicits help for holidays
THE MADISON RECORD – Energy Huntsville’s inaugural Gala for Giving Back honors, celebrates Girls Inc.
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Mayor funds new computer lab at library
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Suspect arrested after DG robbery attempt
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Junior Ambassadors fulfill needs this holiday season
NEW YORK TIMES – Supreme Court Won’t Hear Planned Parenthood Cases, and 3 Court Conservatives Aren’t Happy
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘A Simple Private Transaction’: Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case
NEW YORK TIMES – Targets of U.S. Sanctions Hire Lobbyists With Trump Ties to Seek Relief
NEW YORK TIMES – Facing Defeat, Theresa May Delays Brexit Vote in Parliament
NEW YORK TIMES – Macron, Confronting Yellow Vest Protests in France, Promises Relief
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks. Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.
WASHINGTON POST – That was awkward — at world’s biggest climate conference, U.S. promotes fossil fuels
WASHINGTON POST – ‘There was no Plan B’: Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down
WASHINGTON POST – Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they’re still rampant on YouTube
USA TODAY – ‘Massive power grab’: Trump EPA readies new clean water rule to roll back Obama regulation
USA TODAY – Trump ‘smocking’ tweet prompts correction from Merriam-Webster; Twitter laughs
USA TODAY – Comey says voters need to hold Trump accountable in 2020 ‘landslide,’ opposes impeachment
POLITICO – ‘I wasn’t asking for permission’: GOP women put leaders on notice
POLITICO – Kushner: White House has shifted from Khashoggi killing to Israeli-Palestinian peace
POLITICO – 44 ex-senators warn U.S. is ‘entering a dangerous period’


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