RICK PERRY TAPPED TO LEAD ENERGY DEPARTMENT A department he vowed to cut in the 2012 primaries. Environmentalists are raising the alarm about Donald Trump’s cabinet ― as one advocate said, “President-elect Trump is creating a government of, by, and for the oil and gas industry.” [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
ALEPPO CEASEFIRE AND EVACUATION STALLED “A deal for Syrian rebels and civilians to leave what remains of their shattered Aleppo stronghold appeared to break down Wednesday morning, as fighting raged and evacuation buses were waved away.” The breakdown leavesthousands of citizens trapped in eastern Aleppo. [WaPo]
‘THE HUMBLING OF MITT ROMNEY’ “Where Obama was deliberate and decisive when dealing with his former foe, his successor has been theatrical, cunning and far more callous. In dispensing with Romney the way he did, Trump defanged a potential critic. He also humiliated him in the eyes of some peers.” [Ryan Grim and Sam Stein, HuffPost]
ALAN THICKE HAS DIED The TV icon famous for playing the father on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains” suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was 69. Tributes are pouring in for the star, led byhis sons. [Peter Andrew Hart, HuffPost]
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ TA-NEHISI COATES’ LOOK AT THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY You’re missing out. [The Atlantic]
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER REPORTEDLY WORKED AT PETCO AS A SANTA The convicted violent sex offender was released from prison last year under the condition that he stay away from events with children. [Ed Mazza, HuffPost]
OF COURSE YEEZY MET WITH TRUMP We cannot wait for the Ph.D. analysis of Kanye’s meeting with the president-elect in 2050. [HuffPost]
THE ‘HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS’ PODCAST IS BACK IN ALL ITS GLORY To dissect the ladies vying for “Bachelor” Nick Viall’s heart. [HuffPost]
ALL THE ‘ROGUE ONE’ REVIEWS Not that it matters, as you’ll see it anyways. [Vulture]
AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPPING WAS COOL Turns out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just bought one together. Cue the awwws. [People]
GOOGLE FINALLY DEBUTED ITS SELF-DRIVING CAR COMPANY Uber drivers, it’s been real. [Reuters]
TREAT-DISPENSING WIFI TECHNOLOGY EXISTS Turns out you can spend a heckuva lot of money on your pet. Sorry Tucker, we at the Weber household just give you the treats by hand. [WSJ | Paywall]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ The Federal Reserve is expected to raise rates today ― here’s what that means for you.
~ Of course Bruno Mars’ “Carpool Karaoke” was funk-tastic (sorry, had to).
~ Apparently Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres don’t get along.
~ Turns out Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and NFL player Colton Underwood have been dating after he sweetly asked her out via viral video.
~ No, you should not take polling on 2020 seriously.
~ Could petroleum jelly be the solution to a $3.8 billion health problem?
~ We’re with Digg ― the end of this high school basketball is straight up insane.
~ Meet the “Michael Jordan” of darts.
~ Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but these jewelry gifts can compete.
~ Yes, you should watch all of Vulture’s top 20 best comedy sketches of the year ― Wednesdays are slow days.
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