•Hunter Biden has hired Abbe Lowell, a high-powered defense
lawyer, to help him navigate possible congressional probes.
• The Department of Justice is investigating Hunter Biden
for potentially not paying enough taxes on income he received from serving on
the board of directors for a Ukrainian natural gas company and for the manner
in which he paid off tax obligations in recent years.
• Congressional Republicans plan to investigate President
Joe Biden's family once they take control of the House in January with a focus
on finding out whether Joe Biden was more involved in his son's dealings than
•Neal Schon, lead guitarist of Journey, is sending a cease
and desist letter to Jonathan Cain for performing the group's hit "Don't
Stop Believin'" at an event for former President Trump.
• Schon founded Journey in 1972, and he, Cain, and Steve
Perry penned the group's 1981 rock anthem.
• The letter from Schon's legal team says that when Cain
performs on behalf of Journey or the band, it is "extremely deleterious to
the Journey brand as it polarizes the band’s fans and outreach." It also
says that Journey should not be political.
• This is not the first time an artist has taken issue with
their music being played at a political rally - Neil Young sued Trump's
campaign in 2020 after his song "Rockin' in teh Free World" was
played without proper licensing.
An Australian man was rescued off the country's north coast
Wednesday after surviving nearly 24 hours in shark- and crocodile-infested
waters by clinging to a piece of wood.
The Queensland man, who has not been identified, was
discovered by an air rescue crew in the rough waters of the Torres Strait, a
little more than one mile away from his upturned dinghy, according to the
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
The man had left Getullai Island on Tuesday and failed to
arrive at his destination on time. A search by rescue aircraft that evening was
unsuccessful, but resumed the following morning with a helicopter and a police
vessel joining the search.
•The Senate has reached a deal that will allow them to vote
on a $1.7 trillion government funding package, averting a shutdown that would
have occurred Friday at midnight.
• The agreement comes after senators were unable to come to
an agreement Wednesday night over how to handle a GOP border amendment.
• Under the new deal, two dueling border proposals will be
voted on Thursday, both of which are expected to fail. However, this allows
Democrats and Republicans to stake out their positions without jeopardizing the
fate of the broader funding measure.
• If approved, the spending package would boost federal
agency budgets through the fiscal year and includes about $45 billion in
emergency aid to Ukraine and nearly $40 billion for disaster aid.