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Morning Brief: January 3

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The 115th United States Congress convenes for the first time today. Paul Ryan is expected to be re-elected as House Speaker. Republicans will hold a 242-194 majority in the House of Representatives, and a slight majority in the Senate, at 52-48. High on Congress' to-do list is the repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the rolling back of certain federal regulations. Congress is also expected to start considering Trump's cabinet picks as early as next week. [NPR]

NEED TO KNOW

House Republicans Vote To Significantly Weaken The Independence Of The Congressional Ethics Office [NPR]

Israeli Prime Minister Questioned In Corruption Investigation [Wall Street Journal]

ISIS Claims Reponsibility For Istanbul Attack [The New York Times]

New York State Task Force Wants To Ensure $11 Minimum Wage [NY Daily News]

MTA Chairman Set To Retire [DNAinfo]

SPORTS

Yesterday: The Knicks lost to the Orlando Magic, 115 to 103. The Utah Jazz beat the Nets, 101 to 89. And the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins, 3 to nothing.

Today: The Rangers are at home tonight, taking on the Buffalo Sabres at 7pm.

WEATHER

Another wet one in New York today. Rain is likely all day. The high should get up to 45, and tonight's low should get down to 44. 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On this day in 1924, British archeologist Howard Carter uncovered the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen, more commonly known as King Tut. This was two years after archeologists discovered Tut's tomb near the Egyptian city of Luxor. The stone sarcophagus contained a solid gold coffin, which was found to be remarkably intact. Tut's mummified body had been preserved for over 3,000 years.