Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 6.
US to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel
President Donald Trump will soon announce the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking a long-standing international tradition, according to BBC News.
Trump is expected to announce his decision in a speech at a later date.
Trump will also call for the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Pope Francis previously called for things to say at the “status quo.”
“Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized internationally and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv,” according to BBC. “Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem. These are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US could reinforce Israel's position that settlements in the east are valid Israeli communities.”
Read more at BBC.
Roy Moore stances show what Romney-Hatch primary might look like, pundit says
When Trump visited Utah on Monday, he said he hoped that Sen. Orrin Hatch would seek re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Now, experts say that Hatch may have ruined his chance at a graceful exit away from Congress, according to the Deseret News.
Chris Karpowitz, co-director of BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, called Trump’s visit “a Hatch campaign event,” which aimed to highlight Utah’s current senator.
"I can only imagine how frustrating this is for Mitt Romney, and for supporters of Mitt Romney, who I think have tried to stay out of the way and allow Hatch to make a graceful exit," he said. "That seems increasingly unlikely."
Read more at Deseret News.
Meet Provo’s new mayor
Michaelle Kaufusi did something that’s never been done before. She became Provo’s first female boss in 166 years, according to the Deseret News.
Kaufusi said Provo’s previous male leaders inspired her to run since she didn’t believe at first that Provo had an all-male mayoral history.
“I didn’t really believe them,” she recalls. “So I walked up and saw that wall and all those rows and rows and rows of Caucasian men, and they were right — so that made me more determined than ever.”
Now, she’s the first female mayor to ever take office.
“Who would have thought that me, a little girl who was born and raised in Provo by a single mom, would end up landing here?” she told the Deseret News.
Read more at the Deseret News.
Time announces person of the year
Time magazine announced “The Silence Breakers” as its person of the year on Wednesday.
“Silence breakers” are defined as those who spoke out against sexual assault, harassment and discrimination.
“The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,” according to Time. “They might labor in California fields, or behind the front desk at New York City's regal Plaza Hotel, or in the European Parliament. They're part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice.”
The list of “silence breakers” includes Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd and Susan Fowler.
President Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and special investigator Robert Mueller were all announced as the person of the year runner ups.
Read more about the person of the year at Time.
- Ventura County under siege: 'It was like watching Rome burn' [Los Angeles Times]
- Donald Trump Jr. to face questions about Russia contacts on Capitol Hill [ABC News]
- Eating cheese every day might actually be healthy [New York Daily News]
- Justices weigh religion, discrimination and dignity in Colorado wedding cake case [PBS]
- God’s Plan for Mike Pence [The Atlantic]