In today’s Morning Buzz we pay respect to the life of John Glenn, South Korean lawmakers move forward with the impeachment of President Geun-hye, and Trump makes a selection for Labor Secretary.

The Morning Buzz is brought to you by John Glenn who passed away yesterday at the age of 95.  In 1962 John Glenn helped launch the United States’ space program by becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.


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John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95  John Glenn, who captured the nation’s attention in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth during a tense time when the United States sought supremacy over the Soviet Union in the space race, and who rocketed back into space 36 years later, becoming the oldest astronaut in history, died Dec. 8 at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Glenn, who in his post-NASA career served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio, was 95.

South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye But Park signaled that she would remain defiant and wait while the Constitutional Court decides in the next six months whether to uphold the legislature’s impeachment motion, potentially creating a power vacuum and leaving the country in a long period of paralysis.

Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive for Labor Secretary President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday chose Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that franchises the fast-food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. and an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration, to be secretary of labor.





Meetup: Seahawks, Packers, and ELGL December 10, 2016 5:00 pm

Meetup: Women in Local Gov Meet Up December 15, 2016 5:30 pm

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships Part II CPBB to co-present with leading public-private local government provider SafeBuilt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST


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Dallas pays way too much for its police and fire pension to go broke The more you pay, the more they need. That’s one takeaway from the crisis at the Dallas Police and Fire Pension, and everybody has a right to be angry.

Inequality Is Killing The American Dream  Decades of rising income inequality and slowing economic growth have eroded a pillar of the American dream: the hope that each generation will do better than the one that came before, according to new research released Thursday.

Here’s what 15 years of global earthquakes looks like in under four minutes  Here in Washington we live in fear of quake clusters, foresocks, “the big one” and even the occasional moderate intensity earthquake. But most quakes aren’t predictors of deadly shaking to come.

3,365 miles to go: Signs in Boston, Newport mark US 20 as nation’s longest road  U.S. 20 passes through 12 states on its path between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Anti-union bills pass Michigan House of Representatives The bills would impose fines of $1,000 per day, per person against protesters, $10,000 per day for unions

Bison Are Running Free In Indiana For The First Time in Almost 200 Years The last bison was killed in Indiana in 1830. Now, maybe, things are turning around.

Putin and Assad Are About to Achieve Their Biggest Victory in Syria All the world has failed us,” a resident of the Syrian city of Aleppo told the BBC this week, via a WhatsApp audio message. “The city is d  ying. Rapidly by bombardment, and slowly by hunger and fear of the advance of the Assad regime.”

Nearly 5 Million U.S. Jobs Depend on Trade With Mexico When President-elect Trump talks about scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), his argument rests on the notion that the agreement is one of the main culprits of job loss in the states. American companies, critics argue, have used NAFTA to send manufacturing jobs to Mexico—where labor is cheaper—leaving domestic workers unemployed.

The 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Feathers in a Chunk of Amber If researchers hadn’t snapped it up in time, the small chunk of amber with the dinosaur feathers inside would probably have been turned into a pieceof jewelry.

All I Want for Christmas Is a Transportation Infrastructure Plan That Helps  If the country is about to embark on a new era of infrastructure investment, care will be necessary to ensure long-term benefits for mobility.

How 4 Million Commutes Shape America’s ‘Megaregions’  Cities have “limits,” drawn to mark populations and bound services, but they are porous as scrim. Cars, cash, freight, and natural resources flow readily between neighboring jurisdictions, following the market more than any lines on a map.

‘Nicest guys ever’ arrested while dumpster-diving to feed the homeless  Tony Moyer and Sam Troyer have been scouring dumpsters for discarded, uneaten food that they donate to charitable groups.

Poll: Trump Needs To Choose Between Presidency And His Business  Two-thirds of Americans think Trump must avoid a conflict of interest, according to a Bloomberg poll.

Law Enforcement Agencies Spend Millions on Social Media Monitoring In a world that is becoming increasingly communicative — where people often receive their news, share news, state their opinions and post pictures with their whereabouts via social media — the lines are perhaps a bit more blurry about how such information can be used.


Local Government Confidential

Baltimore City Council condemns Trump’s rhetoric, days before his visit  In its first official act Thursday, the Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to condemn statements made by Donald J. Trump, days before the president-elect is expected to visit the city.

Austin City Council seeks other options in city manager search  Affordable housing, library cost overruns and tugs-of-war over the city manager search and pet sterilization are all on today’s Austin City Council agenda.