Something Important Is Missing From Trump's Defense Priorities and 4 Other Stories to Know Dec. 20

  • Foreign Policy magazine obtained a Pentagon memo from Dec. 1 that lists Trump's defense concerns. They include defeating ISIS, eliminating budget caps, developing a new cyber strategy, and finding greater efficiencies, with no mention of Russia. Meanwhile, the defense department cites Russia as the "foremost threat" because of its arsenal of nuclear weapons and invasive military efforts.
  • German police have released the main suspect in yesterday's fatal Berlin attack. Authorities said they didn't have enough evidence to charge the man, who is an immigrant from Pakistan. Officers are still looking for the attacker who drove an 18-wheeler through a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 50.
  • A new A&E documentary about the KKK is causing controversy. The network announced it will air an eight-part series called Generation KKK that follows the Klan's leading families and offers an in-depth look at their world. Critics, however, believe it will normalize hate groups. The show kicks off Jan. 10.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017 has just been announced. Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, and Journey are among the six that will be inducted at the 32nd annual ceremony on April 7. Nile Rodgers, the frontman for Chic, will also receive an award for musical excellence. Artists are eligible 25 years after the release of their first single or album.
  • Female doctors are better than male doctors, according to a new study. A JAMA Internal Medicine report looked at Medicare patients and found that women offer higher-quality medical care than males. The reason? Female physicians "have a more patient-centered communication style," are more encouraging, and have longer visits. The study also concluded that if all physicians were women, there would be 32,000 fewer deaths each year in the US.