Congress is back in session today after the stomping Dems got at the hands of Republicans.
The new Congressmen and Senators will get orientations, and we're expected to hear from outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the first time since the Dems lost the Senate last week.
Congress will need to fund the government, decide on tax breaks, and deal with White House requests for the fight against ISIS and the Ebola Outbreak.
The New York Times has a write up on the likely GOP Agenda for Congress next year. Jonathan Weisman writes: "Next year, House Republicans will try again to transform Medicare and Medicaid, repeal the Affordable Care Act, shrink domestic spending and substantially cut taxes for high earners through the budget process. Then they will leave it to the new Senate Republican majority to decide how far to press the party's small-government vision, senior House aides said this week."
We learned overnight that Republican Dan Sullivan has won election in the Alaska race for the U.S. Senate.. defeating incumbent Mark Begich. His election make 8 GOP pickups in the new Senate.
A surprise deal between the United States and China over global warming. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for a reduction of U.S. emissions by between 26 and 28% by 2025 from 2005 levels. The Chinese agreed to make green energy a 20% of Chinese energy output by 2030. President Obama will likely face stiff opposition to the new goals in a skeptical Congress.
China, the U.S. and other Asian nations have also agreed in principle to a new trade deal.
Meantime, China and the U.S. also agreed to a military deal designed to prevent clashes between U.S. and Chinese military aircraft and ships.
All this comes as President Obama wraps up a China visit this morning before heading to Burma. There's been a lot of progress despite increasingly ugly rhetoric in China against the U.S. and tensions over continued cyber-attacks.
There are two new Ebola deaths to report today. This time in the country of Mali which had been free of the disease since one person with Ebola died back in October.
15 killed today in bombings near Baghdad.
The European Space Agency is attempting a wild space mission today. They are trying to land a spacecraft on a comet traveling faster than a speeding bullet. It's supposed to happen around 10:30am. We've got a live report and a guest to explain the mission.
An Arctic cold front moving down into the U.S. and spreading East today. My father says it was expected to get to -15 overnight near Butte, Montana. 25 inches of snow fell in parts of Michigan. Parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin got at least 16 inches. That cold weather likely to spread to the East Coast of the United States by Friday.
New attacks in Israel and the West Bank keeping the region on edge. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Jordan to discuss ISIS and Mideast tensions.
The Supreme Court hears arguments today about gay marriage in Kansas. We could get a ruling as soon as today.
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