Reince Priebus, a former chief of staff to President Trump and Republican power broker, could join the Navy after a months-long process in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recommended him and a board of officers selected him as a reserve officer, according to defense officials and a memo obtained by The Washington Post. Priebus, 46, will be required to attend two weeks of training in Newport, R.I., and drill once a month as a reservist if commissioned. He would join a list of Navy reserve officers with political connections that include Sean Spicer, Trump's former press secretary, and Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's former presidential campaign manager.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed today that the Chinese government hacked Marriott and potentially stole the information of up to 500 million people. During an interview, Pompeo said China was "conducting espionage and influence operations here in the United States." Marriott announced the hack on Nov. 30 and said the intruders had access to its Starwood chain's reservation database since 2014. read more
Judith Jones and Carolyn Kenyon discuss their fundraising efforts that resulted in $1.5 million medical bill debt forgiveness for New York strangers. Some New Yorkers received an early Christmas present this year - a little, yellow envelope that came through the mail, inside, a letter telling the person that their medical debt has been forgiven. This act of kindness comes courtesy of Carolyn Kenyon and Judith Jones, who both live in Ithaca, N.Y. The two friends met through the Finger Lakes chapter of the Campaign for New York Health. They're both big supporters of a single-payer health system. And they were looking for a project to work on together to highlight the problems with the health care system. They decided on medical debt. For Kenyon, it was personal. The psychotherapist had a client who had to declare bankruptcy because of mounting medical bills. read more
The 15-foot (4.5 meter) work known as Isak Heartstone was dismantled last week after it attracted crowds of people to a hiking trail in a residential area in Breckenridge. read more
Cliff Farmer, the challenger for a seat on the Hoxie City Council, failed to vote in Tuesday's runoff election. That resulted in a tie with his opponent, incumbent Alderwoman Becky Linebaugh. read more