3. At a cabinet meeting, President Trump threatened to cut aid to any country that votes in favor of a resolution at the U.N. General Assembly denouncing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
It’s difficult to see how Mr. Trump could deliver on his threat, since it could involve cutting off aid to a number of strategic allies, including Egypt. The vote comes Thursday.
4. Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid the pedophile priest scandal seen in the film “Spotlight,” died in Rome. He was 86. His funeral will be held in St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday.
In his long career, he had campaigned for civil rights and social justice, defended church orthodoxy and become a friend of presidents, the pope and other powerful figures.
But his stature was shattered by revelations that he had protected child molesters for years.
5. The European Union’s highest court declared that Uber is a transportation business, not just a tech platform that connects drivers with riders. Above, an anti-Uber protest in Spain.
The ruling is a blow to Uber, which must now abide by the same rules as taxi companies. And it could have big ramifications for other tech companies benefiting from the gig economy, built on freelance, short-term workers.
6. The season of giving has also become a time for stealing other people’s gifts.
The rise in online shopping means bonanzas for porch pirates, who help themselves to boxes left outside homes.
People are using surveillance technology to thwart thieves — and social media to shame them.
7. When the Winklevoss twins invested their Facebook settlement in Bitcoin, many snickered.
But the soaring value of Bitcoin is giving the entrepreneur brothers a moment of vindication: Their stockpile is now worth $1.3 billion.
8. It was just another day in the recording studio.
That was the key to writing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” the runaway hit that topped Billboard’s year-end singles chart and has become the most-played track ever on Spotify, with more than 1.5 billion streams.
In this video, Mr. Sheeran and his writing mates explain how they crafted the tune in just 90 minutes. And he sheepishly admits he had no idea it was anything special.
9. Thursday is the solstice, the shortest day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of summer in the Southern.
In New York City, the sun will be in the sky for just over nine hours. Starting Friday, the days will start to get longer once again. Here’s more about how it works — and why humans might not exist without it.
10. Finally, the latest episode in our video series “Dance in the Real World” takes you inside the vogueing scene in New York City, above.
And late-night hosts had a lot to say about the tax bill. Jimmy Fallon noted a report that found many Americans would end up paying more in taxes by 2027.
“Trump said it’s payback for the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton,” he joked.
Have a great night.
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