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The body of a Boeing 737 MAX airplane at the Boeing Renton Factory. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images

After Boeing's first earnings report since the second deadly 737 MAX crash, Dennis Muilenburg said Wednesday his top priority was the aircraft's "safe return of service" after a global grounding, and admitted the company will have to "earn and re-earn the trust of the flying public."

Between the lines: In his first extended comments since March's Ethiopian Airlines crash, Muilenberg gave no new updates on the aircraft's flight control software fix or new guidance on when the 737 MAX will be back in service. The company said it will take a $1 billion hit for the the global grounding of its biggest cash machine.

Details:

  • Boeing's profits fell 13% from the same period a year ago — in line with what Wall Street expected — reflecting fewer deliveries of the 737 MAX jets.
  • The company said it was suspending its 2019 financial guidance "due to the uncertainty of the timing and conditions surrounding return to service of the 737 MAX fleet" and would pause its share repurchase program to reserve cash.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the Boeing 737 MAX crashes

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include details from Boeing's earnings call.

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”