In today’s Morning Buzz President Obama vows to retaliate against Russia’s cyber attacks, Trump makes his pick for ambassador to Israel, and we try to make sense of Facebook’s fake news warning label.

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Craig Sager.  The long time sport reporter, best known for his on court basketball interviews and wacky suits, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer.


Right Now with Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

What I’m Reading – Last day of budget documents! Hooray!

What I’m Watching – A thrilling Seahawks and Rams football game

What I Want to Know from You – Are your finished with Christmas shopping?



Obama Says U.S. Will Retaliate for Russia’s Election Meddling  President Obama said on Thursday that the United States would retaliate for Russia’s efforts to influence the presidential election, asserting that “we need to take action,” and “we will.” The comments, in an interview with NPR, indicate that Mr. Obama, in his remaining weeks in office, will pursue either economic sanctions against Russia or perhaps some kind of response in cyberspace.

Trump’s Pick For Ambassador To Israel: ‘End The 2-State Narrative’  President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday he will nominate bankruptcy attorney David Friedman as U.S ambassador to Israel. Friedman, who has no prior diplomatic experience, is an outspoken supporter of Jewish settlement on the Israeli-occupied West Bank and questions the need for a Palestinian state.

Will Facebook’s Fake News Warning Become a Badge of Honor? Scroll through your Facebook feed, and you may soon come across an angry red warning symbol. “Disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers,” the alert will read, splashed underneath a link posted by a friend. They will soon start popping up across the social-media site for some users, thanks to a new set of features Facebook is testing to battle hoaxes and fake news online.




Jan 14, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager interviews San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-232474 ORIG FILE ID: 20150114_cja_ai1_184.JPG


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


50 Nifty

26 tons of cocaine worth $715 million to be offloaded at Florida port today, Coast Guard says  The Coast Guard joined with officials from the Royal Canadian Navy on Thursday to highlight what the agency called “one of the largest drug offloads” in its history.

Suspect in custody in Mount Vernon shooting of officer  Police and law enforcement officers were still on the scene of a shooting and standoff in Mount Vernon late Thursday night.

How did an inch of snow shut down Portland? Hubris and bad timing  An inch of snow, which would be charitably called a “dusting” in other parts of the country, brought Portland to its knees Wednesday.

Portland City Council bans new bulk fossil fuel terminals  The new zoning rule blocks the construction of new fuel storage facilities in excess of 2 million gallons as well as the expansion of existing infrastructure.

Trump Inherits the ‘Good War’  The question of what President-elect Donald Trump has planned for Afghanistan rarely came up during his run for the presidency.

Will Populism Kill Your Jetpack? What a difference a month makes. Like Brexit before it, the shock victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election has not only upended the political order in the short term, but it has also re-routed the types of technological futures that America might now get.

What Makes a Good Main Street Work?  What Makes a Good Main Street Work? Kaid Benfield uses Corning, New York, to illustrate five key elements.

Is There an Environmentalist Case for Sprawl? Yes, sprawl is still bad for the environment

The Geography of Hate in the U.S.  It’s been a little over a month since the election of Donald Trump, and reports of hate crimes keep on coming.

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media  In October, the ACLU released emails showing that a social media monitoring company called Geofeedia had tracked the accounts of Black Lives Matter protesters for law enforcement clients.

Colorado To Kill Some Mountain Lions, Bears To Boost Mule Deer Numbers The state plans to kill up to 15 mountain lions and 25 black bears beginning in the spring. Some biologists worry the plan ignores the threats of habitat destruction and energy development.


Local Government Confidential

Warwick Village Board agrees to reinstate blue line on Railroad Avenue On Dec. 5, a large crowd gathered in the meeting room of the Village Hall to express mostly outrage at the painting that day of red and white lines alongside the blue line on Railroad Avenue.  The red, white and blue lines were intended to be a compromise for two opposing groups.

Eastpointe to change how it elects its city council  The city plans to switch from electing city council members on an at-large basis to choosing them by districts to avoid being sued by the federal government, officials said Thursday.

You pick: 2016’s best quote, local government edition  We’re polling readers on their favorite Michigan political quote of 2016. Over the next week, we’re asking readers to pick their favorite from our top five quotes in each of five categories. At 5 p.m. Friday, we’ll tally up the votes from each category and all next week we’ll ask you to pick your overall favorite Michigan political quote of 2016.