--House Republicans reversed plans to gut a congressional ethics watchdog on Tuesday after a backlash that included criticism from President-elect Donald Trump over the timing of the move.
-- The House of Representatives approved a rule today prohibiting members of Congress from using phones or other personal electronic devices to record or broadcast material on the chamber floor. The rule, passed with a series of rules to govern the newly sworn-in Congress, was written in response to a sit-in that Democrats held last summer when Republicans recessed without taking up legislation to combat gun violence.
-- President Obama is headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with Democrats in hopes of saving his signature health care legislation.
--VP-Elect Mike Pence is on Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with Republican lawmakers.
--Donald Trump continues to remain indignant about claims that Russia is responsible for cyberassaults on the US, taking to Twitter Tuesday night to reiterate his skepticism. The president-elect tweeted, "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" While the basis of Trump's tweet is that the intelligence briefing was slated for Tuesday and bumped to Friday, a source familiar with the matter tells ABC News that the briefing had always been slated for Friday
--Donald Trump also tweeted Tuesday he will hold a "general news conference" January 11th in NYC.
--The auto industry's relationship with President-elect Donald Trump took a dramatic turn Tuesday as Ford Motor Co. decided to shift investment dollars targeted for Mexico to the U.S., while Trump threatened General Motors with a tax on some imported small cars.
--Hillary and Bill Clinton plan to attend the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration for Donald Trump-- but former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush will not due to their age, their aides say.
-- Omarosa Manigault, a former "Apprentice" contestant, is set to follow Donald Trump to the White House, where she will take on the role of public liaison, according to a transition official.
--Rebecca Ferguson, a finalist on the UK version of X Factor 6 years ago, says she’s been asked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month. And she’ll do it--but she wants to pick her song-- the 1939 Billie Holiday classic Strange Fruit.
ExxonMobil announced Tuesday night that its board of directors has reached an agreement with the oil and gas company's former chairman and chief executive officer to comply with conflict of interest requirements, if he is indeed confirmed secretary of state. Tillerson's confirmation hearings are slated to begin next week. According to an ExxonMobil press release, the net effect of the agreement is "a reduction of approximately $7 million in compensation" owed to Tillerson, who retired on December 31 after 40 years of service with the multinational company.
NAACP president Cornell William Brooks was arrested Tuesday night after staging a sit-in protest at the Mobile, Alabama, office of Republican senator Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's Attorney General nominee. Alabama NAACP president Bernard Simelton and other NAACP members were also arrested. In an interview with ABC News Tuesday, Brooks said that they were removed from Senator Sessions' Mobile congressional office after protesting for over six hours. They were arrested and taken to jail, and currently have a court date set for January 30.
For the first time in 11 years a military court finds an IDF soldier on operational duty guilty of manslaughter. After two and a half hours, the judge has said that beyond reasonable doubt, Elor Azaria shot a Palestinian attacker because he thought the the man who had attacked soldiers "deserves to die." The sentencing will happen in a month. The battle for a pardon now begins. The judges today dismissed the evidence presented by the defense point by point, thoroughly and at great length.
A massive manhunt continued today for an inmate who escaped a maximum security prison in northeast Rhode Island over the weekend, according to federal and state officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. James Morales, 35, escaped from the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Center Falls, Rhode Island.
Flooding and mudslides are possible in central California this week, where locally more than half a foot of rain is possible by Saturday. These waves of moisture turn to snow as you head into the Sierras and the Rockies where ABC is forecasting several feet of snow before the week is over. As arctic air combines with several systems coming out of the west, snow could be possible on the east coast starting Friday and through the weekend. This second system could be a large one, and could bring rare heavy snow to northern GA and the Carolinas. This system could then track close enough to the east coast to dump some snow on the coastal Mid-Atlantic and major Northeast cities
--Turkish police have released chilling new details in the New Year's massacre at a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39 and injured dozens more. The suspected shooter is believed to be from the Central Asian country of Kyrgysztan, Turkish police sources tell ABC News.
--The manhunt is now in its fourth day and there is a worry the suspect has fled Istanbul and could be anywhere in the country or even farther. It is believed he fought with ISIS in Syria and the fear now is he could slip back across the border into ISIS held territory.
Back in April, Janet Jackson put her tour on hold and told her fans she was taking time off to start a family. On Tuesday Jackson gave birth to a baby boy named Eissa Al Mana. The father is Janets husband of nearly four years, businessman Wissam Al Mana. According to a statement from her publicist, quote, Janet had a stress free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably." Jackson is 50 years old and Eissa is her first child.
George Michael's estate could be earning some big bucks after his death - Billboard says sales of his songs and albums are up a whopping 2thousand 6 hundred percent compared to the week before he died. His 2008 Greatest Hits album 25 is the biggest seller - entering the Billboard 200 album chart at number 12. He now has FOUR albums on the chart.