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NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon responded on air Monday night to a Trump tweet, asking his audience: “shouldn’t he have more important things to do?”

Flashback: Trump's tweet — saying Fallon was "whimpering to all that he did the famous "hair show"" and calling for Fallon to "be a man" — came after Fallon expressed regret for messing with Trump's hair in a September 2016 interview on his show.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Trump once again brought up Fallon — as well as some other late night hosts — at a rally in South Carolina Monday night where he called Fallon a "lost soul" and "a poor guy, because now he's going to lose all of us."

Fallon's response:

  • “When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was going to tweet back immediately, but I thought, ‘I have more important things to do.’ Then I thought, ‘Wait, shouldn’t he have more important things to do? He’s the president of the United States.’ What are you doing! You’re the president! Why are you tweeting at me?”
  • “As you may have heard, last night the president of the United States went after me on Twitter. So Melania, if you’re watching, I don’t think your anti-bullying campaign is working.”
  • “The president went after me on Twitter: That’s pretty much the only thing I have in common with NFL players.”

Fallon also made a donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in honor of the president's tweet.

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The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

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Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.

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The Consumer Price Index has replaced the jobs report as the most anticipated data drop by the U.S. government.

Why it matters: Rising prices tend to lower political fortunes. Washington and Wall Street are now waiting for the CPI number to flash at 8:30am ET around the 10th day of each month. This month's report — due Friday morning — will give a reading of how hot inflation ran in November.