Trump’s Twitterverse was ‘sad’ in 2019

“Anger” trumped “joy” on the president’s Twitter account this year. Boeing’s CEO is officially grounded. And USA TODAY’s David Oliver wants to remind you that Hanukkah isn’t “Jewish Christmas.” 

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‘Sad!’: The impeachment inquiry has upped ‘anger’ on Trump’s Twitter

It’s not just you, things are getting a little, er … more negative on the president’s Twitter account. From bashing Time’s “Person of Year” to describing Hillary Clinton as “sick,” President Trump is tweeting more frequently than ever, and his dispatches are increasingly negative. Just how bad are things getting? In 2017, 14.9% of the words in Trump’s tweets had a negative connotation, but that crept up to 16.4% by December 2019, according to USA TODAY’s analysis of tweets compiled by the website Meanwhile, the share of positive words fell from 24.5% to 19.9%. The change has been especially pronounced as the impeachment effort got underway. 

President Donald Trump (Photo: John Moore)

Subject change for when things get weird around the holiday table:

  • “Hollywood slave?”: Eddie Murphy was back on “SNL” for the first time in 35 years, but not everyone was laughing. 
  • TikTok may be the latest social media craze, but the U.S. Navy is banning it from from government-issued smartphones. 
  • Let’s talk NFL: Here’s everything we learned from week 16 of the 2019 NFL season.
  • There will be no Christmas Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral for the first time in 200 years.  
  • Considering taking a DNA test this holiday season? You’ll want to read this first. 

Boeing CEO is officially grounded

Embattled Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg resigned. Muilenburg has faced intense criticism for his handling of the 737 Max crisis, and his resignation takes effect immediately, the company announced Monday. The Max was grounded worldwide in March after the second of two crashes that killed a total of 346 people. Boeing had hoped to get the plane flying this year but announced recently that it would temporarily halt Max production next month. Board Chairman David Calhoun was named CEO and president effective Jan. 13. Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith will serve as interim CEO during the transition.

Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of the Boeing Company, testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee October 30, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft. (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images)

Minimum wage will rise in these 24 states in 2020 

Is the nation getting closer to a $15-an-hour minimum wage? It’s increasingly becoming a reality across the country, with significant gains expected in 2020. The federal minimum has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, but the number of cities and counties with at least a $15 pay floor is set to double next year to 32, as Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and South San Francisco, along with about a dozen other California cities, adopt the benchmark. They’ll join cities like New York, Seattle and San Francisco that are already members of the $15 club.

Saudi Arabian court sentences 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced five people to death but placed no blame on the royal family for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist working for the Washington Post when he was killed in Istanbul last year. Khashoggi, who was a frequent critic of the Saudi ruling family, was living in self-exile in Turkey when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, in search of paperwork related to his planned marriage. He was never seen again, and his body was never found. Turkey claimed that Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, ordered or had advance knowledge of the killing, but the Saudis have continued to reject those claims. 

Hanukkah is underway. And, no, it’s not the ‘Jewish Christmas’

Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights, isn’t actually all that religious of a holiday — though because of its proximity to Christmas, it’s often assumed the most important Jewish holiday. USA TODAY Social media editor David Oliver breaks down what Hanukkah is actually about.

This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. 

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