Every Monday-Thursday, The Evening Commute gives you “The Top 5 stories to break while your 9-5 was breaking you; set to 5 tunes that’ll help put you back together.”
Every Sunday, we compile the week that was in a series we call The Weak Ender.

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Just a few months ago, one could assume Friday-Sunday was a dead zone for news. That norm, like many others, has been shattered.

Since Thursday’s edition of The Evening Commute:

While listening to this week’s additions to the December Evening Commute playlist, of course…

Thursday – “Bad For Good”

“U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack”#

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China caught installing weapons systems on artificial islands in South China Sea#

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North Carolina Republicans call “surprise session” to limit power of incoming Democratic governor#

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Dylann Roof found guilty on all 33 counts in federal death penalty trial#

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Facebook announces bold new measures to curb fake news problem#

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Wednesday – “Emoji-Related Subtweeting”

“The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.”#

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Fed raises interest rate (for only 2nd time since 2006), citing economy’s “considerable progress”#

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Yahoo discloses (another) security breach; over 1 billion accounts hacked#

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EPA’s years-long study concludes fracking can contaminate drinking water (but not necessarily)#

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Amazon Prime Air completes first drone delivery; CEO Bezos shares video of inaugural run#

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Tuesday – “All Of The Lights”

Donald Trump names Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State; cites his “experience with Russia”#

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“How Donald Trump’s Business Ties Are Already Jeopardizing U.S. Interests” in Turkey#

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Government forces completely retake Aleppo from Syrian rebels; U.N. reports civilians being slaughtered#

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Ohio Gov. Kasich signs 20-week abortion ban into law#

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Google announces self-driving car company, Waymo#

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Monday – “Tweetis Mightier”

CIA says Russia intervened with election to help Trump; Congress calls for investigation#

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China flies nuclear bomber in response to Trump’s Taiwan call; state-run media labels him “ignorant as a child” about ‘One China’ policy#

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  • “China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call, US officials say” by Lucas Tomlinson
  • “Trump is trying to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip with China. Bad idea.” by Zeeshan Aleem
  • “Read Donald Trump’s Fox News Interview on Russia, Climate Change and His Company’s Future” by Mahita Gajanan

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Lockeed Martin loses $3.5 billion in market value after Trump tweets about F-35’s pricetag#

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  • “Lockheed Martin is the latest company to earn the Twitter wrath of Donald Trump” by James F. Peltz, Samantha Masunaga
  • “Trump attack on Lockheed Martin foreshadows war on defense industry” by Alwyn Scott
  • “What Is the Pentagon’s Multi-Billion Dollar F-35 Jet Actually Supposed to Do?” by Ryan Faith

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Supreme Court rejects players’ challenge to $1 billion NFL concussion settlement#

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Instagram rolls out live video broadcasts to all (U.S.) users#

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Bryce T. Rudow, Editor-in-Chief
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