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‘Start Here’: USA Gymnastics, Facebook. What you need to know to start your day.

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1. George H.W. Bush honored in Washington

It was an emotional day as former President George H.W. Bush was remembered by mourners on both sides of the political aisle on Wednesday.

Former President George W. Bush delivered a moving eulogy at Washington’s National Cathedral, breaking down as he described his late father as “the best father a son or daughter could have.”

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined former presidents and first ladies in attendance in a rare, unifying moment, notes ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran.

“[Bush] recognized that whatever he thought of 45 — and he didn’t much like him — he was put there by the people and the Constitution, and he wanted him at his funeral,” Moran tells us.

PHOTO: Former President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for his father, former President George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2018.Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Former President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for his father, former President George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2018.

2. More user-data headaches for Facebook

A trove of internal Facebook emails released by U.K. lawmakers on Wednesday revealed the social media giant considered selling user data to outside app developers.

About 250 pages of documents were published online as part of British Parliament’s inquiry into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The pages include conversations from 2012 to 2015 between senior Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, discussing giving special access to certain companies including Netflix, Airbnb and Lyft.

Kurt Wagner, who covers Facebook as a senior editor of social media at Recode, breaks down what we learned from the documents: “We really saw that this data gave Facebook a lot of power, both as a potential line of business but also in a way to kind of help or hurt potential competitors depending on how big of a threat they were.”

Facebook responded by saying said the documents were “cherry-picked” and “important context” had been omitted.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg denied the company had ever sold personal data: “Like any organization, we had a lot of internal discussion and people raised different ideas. Ultimately, we decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted. This model has worked well.”

PHOTO: Facebooks CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves the Elysee presidential palace, in Paris, May 23, 2018.Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves the Elysee presidential palace, in Paris, May 23, 2018.

3. GOP power play in Wisconsin

Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin moved to weaken the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the attorney general this week during the lame-duck legislative session.

Evers said yesterday he would make a personal appeal to Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto the bills.

ABC News’ Adam Kelsey tells us: “If Walker wants to side with Republicans, he can easily sign these bills and Tony Evers’ hands are tied.”

4. USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy protection

Ever since Larry Nassar was convicted of multiple counts of sex abuse, USA Gymnastics has seen two CEOs resign amid the fallout over the crimes of its erstwhile employee.

Yesterday, the organization filed for bankruptcy protection.

Marisa Kwaitkowsky, who’s covered the Nassar scandal for the Indianapolis Star, says multiple high-profile athletes have not been afraid to criticize USA Gymnastics in recent weeks for how it’s handled the issue.

PHOTO: Larry Nassar sits in the court room during victim statements of his second sentencing in the Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, Jan. 31, 2018. Rebecca Cook/Reuters, FILE
Larry Nassar sits in the court room during victim statements of his second sentencing in the Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, Jan. 31, 2018.

Other news:

‘I think the comments about Michael Cohen are unprecedented, inappropriate, unseemly; whether or not they’re obstructive is a slightly different question’: Legal experts talk to ABC News about whether tweets by the president of the United States of America constitute witness tampering or obstruction of justice.

‘I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for any hurt my words may have caused’: Natalie Portman apologizes to Jessica Simpson after saying in a recent interview she was “confused” in 1999 when she saw a bikini-clad Simpson on a magazine cover saying “I’m a virgin” — “Like,” Portman told USA TODAY, “I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”

Accusations of debauchery, spreading immorality and seducing minors: A popular Egyptian actress is threatened with a five-year prison term for wearing a revealing dress at a film festival.

‘This is terrible news’: Carbon emissions on the only planet currently available to sustain human life rose the most in seven years.

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Last ‘Nightline’:

An emotional George W. Bush pays tribute to his father: Former presidents, family, friends and former dignitaries gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for the 41st president’s state funeral.

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At Bush’s funeral, an emotional George W. Bush pays tribute to his father

George H.W. Bush, in his own words, reflects on his presidency, family: In previous ABC News interviews with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, the 41st president spoke about politics and family.

VIDEO: George H.W. Bush, in his own words, reflects on his presidency, familyPlay
George H.W. Bush, in his own words, reflects on his presidency, family

Today in history:

Dec. 6, 2005 — The House committee investigates the government’s handling of Hurricane Katrina.

House committee investigates the governments handling of Hurricane Katrina.Play
This day in history: Dec. 6, 2005

The must-see photo:

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral in Washington. (photo credit: Alex Brandon/Reuters)

PHOTO: Former President George W. Bush speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.Alex Brandon/Reuters
Former President George W. Bush speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.

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