National News at a Glance
Posted December 23, 2017 7:01 p.m. EST
Las Vegas Killer Was Rich. Victims May Benefit.
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 and injured more than 500 in October, stands out among U.S. mass killers because of his wealth. His fortune is not big enough — perhaps $5 million — to make a significant dent in the likely payouts from lawsuits and claims against Paddock’s estate. But it is enough to prompt an unusual legal strategy by lawyers for some victims. The lawyers have asked a Nevada court to set up the estate so the money can be distributed, without lawsuits, to families of the dead and those who were wounded in the attack.
FBI’s Embattled Deputy Is Expected to Retire in New Year
The FBI’s embattled deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, who has been attacked repeatedly by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, is expected to retire after he becomes eligible for his pension early next year, according to people familiar with his decision. McCabe’s decision should take some of the pressure off Christopher Wray, who was confirmed as FBI director in August. Trump has complained that Wray has not moved fast enough to replace the senior leadership he inherited from his predecessor, James Comey. As a career civil servant, McCabe, 49, has protections and cannot be pushed out by the president.
Trump Puts His Slogan on the Presidential Coin
What’s big and shiny and gold and features President Donald Trump’s name splashed across the front? The redesigned presidential challenge coin. A custom dating back 20 years, presidential challenge coins have traditionally been handed out to service members in commemoration of special achievements and milestones. Trump’s coin eliminates the national motto, E pluribus unum, meaning “out of many, one.” In its place appears the president’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” A banner at the bottom of the coin, a new feature, is designed as a rocking-horse-style base to allow it to be positioned upright.
Miss America Leaders Resign Amid Scandal Over Derogatory Emails
Three executives of the Miss America Organization resigned Saturday after reports that the pageant’s leadership had attacked and derided former pageant winners in emails. Dan Meyers, a spokesman, said the organization had accepted the resignations of Sam Haskell, the chief executive; Josh Randle, the president; and Lynn Weidner, the chairwoman. Haskell’s resignation was effective immediately, while Randle and Weidner will remain in their roles for several weeks to “facilitate a smooth transition.” The emails, published by HuffPost, showed Haskell had made comments about former pageant winners that were disrespectful and misogynistic, with support, in some cases, from other members of the organization.
Mariah Carey Will Return to ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ After Last Year’s Meltdown
Following a flameout of a performance moments before the ball dropped in Times Square last year, Mariah Carey is giving New Year’s Eve another chance. The singer will headline ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on Sunday, Dec. 31. Carey, 47, was the final premidnight performer as 2017 approached, but she bungled notes and lyrics and struggled with her prerecorded backing track. After the show, Carey’s team said she could not hear her music or cues in her in-ear monitors. This New Year’s Eve, the lineup also includes pop singers Camila Cabello and Nick Jonas, plus country duo Sugarland.
The DeVos ‘Nice List’
In the year before Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was nominated for her post, the billionaire philanthropist and her husband poured money into more than 100 organizations across a broad spectrum of causes. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation reported $14.3 million in charitable giving, according to 2016 tax filings provided by the organization to The New York Times. The beneficiaries are a diverse group, many aligning with causes the DeVos family has championed: the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, publicly funded vouchers for private schools, conservative politics and Christian organizations, low-income children and families, innovation and the arts.