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Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 15:14:11-05

Here’s what you might have missed Wednesday on CNN:

— In an apparent reversal, President Donald Trump is planning a “full and rapid” withdrawal of troops from Syria, a defense official told CNN Wednesday.

— The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year despite signs of economic softening, weeks of market volatility and warnings from Trump.

— Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his farewell address at the Library of Congress Wednesday, finalizing his departure after more than two decades on Capitol Hill.

— George H.W. Bush secretly sponsored a young boy in the Philippines for ten years. Here are some of the letters they sent each other.

— A police officer issued an emotional warning on Facebook after pulling over an 18-year-old for allegedly driving 100 miles per hour.

— What on Earth was Michelle Obama thinking as she bid farewell to the White House after Trump’s inauguration? “Bye, Felicia!”

— Over 50,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Disney to drop its trademark on the phrase “Hakuna Matata.”

— Are you beyond ready for 2018 to be over? So are we. Here are 19 things to look forward to in 2019.