Jan 3, 2018

New book: What Trump really wanted in 2016 was fame

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Donald Trump's 2016 plan was never to become president, but rather to become "the most famous man in the world," according to excerpts from Michael Wolff's forthcoming book, published in New York Magazine.

What Trump really wanted: Trump, encouraged by longtime friend and former head of Fox News Roger Ailes, thought that he would emerge from the campaign with "a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities," such as his own Trump Network. "This is bigger than I ever dreamed of," Trump reportedly told Ailes a week before the election. "I don't think about losing, because it isn't losing. We've totally won."

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Stocks jump 7% despite bleak coronavirus projections

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The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.

Why it matters: The huge market surge comes amid rare optimistic signs that the spread of the coronavirus may be slowing in parts of the country, including New York. But government officials say this will be a difficult week, while economists — including former Fed chair Janet Yellen today — warn that the pandemic could have a catastrophic impact on the global economy.

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken to the intensive care unit of St. Thomas Hospital in London due to increasingly severe coronavirus symptoms.

The backdrop: Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for what Downing Street called "routine tests" because his condition had not improved 10 days after he tested positive for the virus. His condition has since "worsened," according to a statement, and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will step into his place "where necessary."

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