Wednesday, December 19

ByKevin Sheekey

A National Tragedy: Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years (New York Times)  There are signs that the movement to prevent gun violence gained momentum this year — state legislatures passed a surge of new gun control laws, gun control groups outspent the National Rifle Association in the midterm election cycle and the medical community recently took on the N.R.A. over an assertion that doctors should “stay in their lane” on gun policy. But the findings underscore that even after such efforts ramped up after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, gun violence continued its dizzying assault on America.

Gun Safety Advocates Plan New Blue State Push (The Hill)  “We’re not sitting around waiting. We’re taking action,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said in an interview.

Fed Decision Day Guide: Federal Reserve Seen Making Dovish Hike With 2019 Pause (Bloomberg)  The Fed’s rate decision will be announced today at 2:00pm ET.

100 Days from Brexit: U.K. Unveils Post-Brexit Migrant Plan for Skilled Workers (Bloomberg)

He Might Get Locked Up: Michael Flynn Hoped Cooperating Could Keep Him Out of Prison – He Now May Face Five Years (Washington Post)

‘Philanthropy’ Today: Trump Agrees to Shut Down His Charity Amid Allegations That He Used It for Personal and Political Benefit (Washington Post) Worth noting: The smallest donation in the charity’s history, a $7 foundation gift to the Boy Scouts in 1989, appeared to benefit Trump’s family. It matched the amount required to enroll a boy in the Scouts the year that his son Donald Trump Jr. was 11. The largest — a $264,231 gift to the Central Park Conservancy in 1989 — appeared to benefit Trump’s business: It paid to restore a fountain outside Trump’s Plaza Hotel.

More: Trump Faces Threat in New York Lawsuit Even After Charity Closes (Bloomberg)

Profile: New York’s Next Attorney General Letitia James Targeted Slumlords. Now She’s Going After Trump. (Washington Post)

Interview with Bloomberg: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Backs Off Trump’s Promise of 10% Middle-Class Tax Cut (Bloomberg) Click here for more headlines from his interview at Bloomberg’s Washington bureau.

California Today: Elon Musk and Gayle King Test Drive the Tunnel He Hopes Will Solve L.A. Traffic (CBS News)

Year of the Woman: Nevada will be First State with Female-majority Legislature (NBC News)

Instagram Takeover of the Day: Meet Some of the Inspiring Women of Bloomberg (hat tip: Deirdre Bigley)


Best of late night.

On Donald Trump’s charitable foundation being dissolved:

“I just think it’s beautiful, that even though he’s busy with the presidency, Trump still makes time for his lifelong passion: driving organizations into the ground.”
— James Corden

“Southwest Airlines has announced that they will still allow passengers to fly with emotional support cats and dogs, because no one needs emotional support more than people who fly Southwest.”
— Seth Meyers

“According to a new report, Apple could release it’s own line of cars by the year 2023, which means by 2024 we could all have totally useless Apple cars.”
— Seth Meyers