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Need To Know.
Kelly to Leave White House.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his post by the end of the year, President Trump said over the weekend. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who led the United States Southern Command (see 101), had run the inner workings of Trump's White House since July 2017 after taking over for Reince Priebus. A number of reports had suggested that Kelly, who is well-regarded among GOP lawmakers, had fallen out of favor with the president after a series of clashes with other staff, including the first lady's office. It's the most prominent move amid a wider staff shakeup, with Trump nominating William Barr for attorney general, Gen. Mark Milley to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador. 

Nick Ayers, an aide to Vice President Pence, reportedly turned down the job to return to Georgia with his family. 
Uber and Lyft Race to IPO.
Ride-hailing giant Uber filed a confidential initial public offering last week, according to reports that surfaced over the weekend. The move tracks Uber's smaller competitor Lyft, who began the paperwork to go public last week. An IPO refers to the process that allows a private company to go public (see 101), meaning that Uber (and Lyft) would become the first publicly-traded ride-hailing companies on US stock exchanges. Recent estimates suggest Uber - which has actually struggled with slowing growth, having lost over $1B in the third quarter of this year - is worth at least $76B, and could be valued as high as $120B when it goes public. 

2019 is setting up to be a huge year for tech IPOs - see a full list here
Heather Heyer.
A man who drove his car into a crowd during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, VA, last year was convicted of first-degree murder over the weekend. 21-year-old James Alex Fields, who had driven from Ohio to Virginia to attend the "Unite the Right" Rally, faces 20 years to life for the death of Heather Heyer. Heyer died from injuries sustained when Fields accelerated his car (warning - the video may be disturbing for some readers) down a narrow street filled with counter-protesters. 19 others were also injured in the attack. Fields' attorney argued, unsuccessfully, that Fields was panicked and felt threatened by the crowd. He was also convicted on seven counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run.

A photographer who captured the instant Fields' car hit the crowd was awarded a Pulitzer - he snapped the photo on his last day of work
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In The Know.
Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Atlanta United defeat Portland Timbers 2-0 to win the Major League Soccer championship in just their second season in the MLS (More)
> Rappers Kendrick Lamar (8) and Drake (7) lead 2019 Grammy Award nominations; see full list of nominees (More)
> Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray bests Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa to win Heisman Trophy as college football's most outstanding player (More)
Science & Technology.
> US Geological Survey identifies largest-to-date continuous oil and natural gas deposit, spans Texas and New Mexico (More)
> China launches country's first robotic mission to the Moon (More) | US plans to return to the Moon within two years, led by private companies (More)
> Researchers close a cheap blood test for tau protein accumulation, long thought to be a primary cause of Alzheimer's (More)
Business & Markets.
> US economy adds 155k jobs in November, 3.7% unemployment rate unchanged at near 50-year low (More)
> Altria - owner of Phillip Morris brands including Marlboro - to acquire 45% stake in Canadian cannabis producer Cronos for $1.8B (More)
> US stock markets decline Friday - S&P500 2.3%, Dow 2.2%, Nasdaq 3% - on continued US/China trade tensions (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Prosecutors asks for "substantial" prison term for former personal lawyer to President Trump, Michael Cohen, for tax evasion and other charges; filings could implicate Trump in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels (More)
> China summons US envoy over arrest of Huawei executive; Meng Wanzhou, CFO of one of China's largest telecom companies, is accused of manipulating US banks to circumvent US sanctions on Iran (More)
> More than 1,200 arrested as 125,000 protest in France over gas tax, high cost-of-living (More)
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