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SCOOP: An Ivy-League College Controversy

SCOOP: An Ivy-League College Controversy
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⭐️ Quote To Start Your Week: 

“... it turned out to be magic. It really did.” 

Brenda Lee, who turns 79 today, on her song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” becoming No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time since its release 65 years ago, the same year Billboard’s Hot 100 debuted—1958. Did you know? Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at only 13 years old.

Brenda Lee in her new music video for “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” 📸: @officialbrendalee via Instagram


Monday: At 2pm ET, dignitaries, celebrities and nonprofit leaders from around the world join a livestream broadcast to honor Holocaust survivors in celebration of International Holocaust Survivors Night and the fifth night of Hanukkah. 

Tuesday: United States President Joe Biden scheduled to host Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the White House as questions remain about the fate of a funding bill in Congress. More on this in the Cheat Sheet below.  

Wednesday: The Federal Reserve – AKA the nation’s Central Bank – wraps up its final interest rate meeting of the year. While economists expect the Fed to leave its key borrowing rate unchanged, the meeting could indicate concerns about what lies ahead. 

Thursday: On this day in 1799, Founding Father and first U.S. President George Washington passed away at age 67. Plus, the last day to order from SmartHERNews.com to receive your Gear in time for Christmas! P.S. Check out Jenna's interview with historian Clay Craighead of Washington Crossing State Park on "America's Christmas Miracle" – when then General George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River for a surprise attack that changed the course of history: 

Here's a direct link for podcast download!

Friday: The last night of Hanukkah. And on this day in 1791, lawmakers ratified the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights – confirming rights like freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.  

“The Bill of Rights. Photograph shows reproduction of original Bill of Rights, [between ca. 1920 and ca. 1930].” 📸: Library of Congress

Saturday: The cutoff day for USPS regular five-day shipping and First-Class Mail services to make it in time for Christmas. And, exactly 250 years ago, the Boston Tea Party occurred. The event served as a key moment of revolt against British colonial rule as colonists protested unfair taxation in the lead up to the American Revolution. 

Sunday: On this day 120 years ago, Wilbur and Orville Wright (the Wright Brothers) “became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot” (Library of Congress). Learn more HERE!

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