The Rundown - Weds 1/3/18: 2018 predictions, including your S&P 500 guesses

The stock market had a tremendous year in 2017, with the S&P 500, an index of the 500 largest publicly-traded American companies gaining over 19% to end the year at 2673.63. 

I want your best guess as to the closing value of the S&P on Thursday, December 20, 2018. I'll take the winner (the closest guess) to lunch, probably sometime during the last 10 days of the year if I'm not going out of town then. 

Tweet me @630KHOW with the hashtag #Ross and your guess, or email me your guess at ross@khow.com. I'll put them all in a spreadsheet. If I can't easily reach you at the time, I'll move on to the next closest guess. If you get in touch by Twitter, I'll get back to you that way when the time comes.

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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) announced his retirement (which will be a year from now.) He's the longest-serving Republican in the Senate which means it's past time for him to go. Mitt Romney is fairly likely to replace him, though of course lots of things can happen to change that before the November elections.

Al Franken officially resigned on Tuesday. I still say he got a raw deal.

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I need to spend more time on this terrible story:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-swatting-suspect-20171230-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/12/30/why-a-twitter-user-claims-to-have-made-the-swatting-call-that-led-police-to-kill-a-man/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/troll-who-fatally-swatted-kansas-man-got-out-of-jail-early-for-bomb-threat

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/01/serial-swatter-swautistic-bragged-he-hit-100-schools-10-homes/

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Trump deregulation, and check out the obvious bias in the article, esp “experts” vs actual businessmen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/us/politics/trump-businesses-regulation-economic-growth.html

And this good answer from Don Boudreaux:

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/virtually-impossible-find-unless-one-looks.html

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OK, this is hilarious:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/02/roy-moores-jewish-lawyer-voted-for-doug-jones-raised-money-for-his-campaign.html

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This is a fairly enormous list:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/02/republicans-who-wont-be-coming-back-to-congress-after-2018-midterm-elections.html

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He’s probably right on the facts, but he CAN’T do this:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/01/02/trump-urges-justice-department-to-act-on-comey-suggests-huma-abedin-should-face-jail-time/

This is why:

https://www.stripes.com/judge-obama-sex-assault-comments-unlawful-command-influence-1.225974

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