1.      LeBron James was asked if he knew about Trump's decision to cancel the Philadelphia Eagles invitation to the White House. James said, “That's typical of him.  I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants to go anyway.” Has sports gotten too political?


2.      Miss America announced that they will no longer hold a swimsuit competition and will no longer judge women based on physical appearance. Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America, who was crowned Miss America herself in 1989, says they now want to be known as a competition, not a pageant. Carlson doesn't believe the changes will affect ratings since the swimsuit portion wasn't the highest rated part of the broadcast anyway.  How do you feel about the changes in the “competition”? 


3.      French long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomet jumped into the water Tuesday off the coast of Japan and embarked on his attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. The 5,500-mile effort is expected to take five to six months. Lecomte will be swimming eight hours a day, covering an average of 30 miles daily and he his goal is to make it to San Francisco.  Do you think he will make it or not?  


4.      Michael Feinberg from Long Island, New York is suing CVS for telling his wife about his Viagra prescription.  He’s acussing CVS of negligence and breaking HIPPA laws because his wife was a third party.  Feinberg is seeking unspecified damages and the case has made it the Nassau Supreme Court.  Should CVS have to pay for telling his wife about the little blue pill prescription or does a spouse have a right to know about medical prescriptions?


5.      Plans are in motion for private companies to take over operations of the International Space Station.  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station."  Bridenstine would not specify which companies he had spoken to but it was Boeing that was selected in August 1993 as NASA's primary contractor to develop and build the ISS.  How would you feel about the Space Station becoming a private business?


6.      New stats show that about 4 in 10 people who've gone to college have taken out loans to pay for school. The College Board says that among those who finished a bachelor's degree in 2016 with debt, the average amount was $28,400, which was up from $22,100 in 2001.  Can anything be done about the college debt dilemma?


7.      China is reportedly offering to purchase an estimated $70 billion worth of U.S. products if the Trump administration holds off on its planned trade tariffs. Representatives of China said they would significantly boost agricultural and energy imports, purchasing more U.S. soybeans, corn, natural gas, crude oil and coal according to The Wall Street Journal.  Did Trump just one up China?


8.      Apple addressed phone addiction as part of its "Digital Health" platform that included new features to help control phone usage and set limits for time spent on certain apps at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference.   Is phone addiction a problem?


9.      The law enforcement officer on the scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting has broken his silence.  Scot Peterson is the former sheriff's deputy who has been widely criticized for his actions during that day and was even called a "coward" by fellow officers. He acknowledges that "he missed it" by standing outside the building as a gunman fired an AR-15 assault-style rifle into classrooms and says that knowing what he now knows, he would have "been in that building in a heartbeat."   Do you think criticism of him is still warranted?


10.   Bah humbug!  LEGO has decided it will not produce a “A Christmas Story” house LEGO set after the idea was submitted on the LEGO Ideas website by Jason Middaugh of Syracuse.  The concept LEGO set idea garnered more than 10,000 supporters to advance to the product review stage but ultimately LEGO VIP’s were scrooges.  Should the LEGO executives who turned down “The Christmas Story” idea get coal in their stockings this Christmas?

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