☕️ Good Monday morning, and happy Presidents Day!
Fun fact ... On the official table of federal holidays, the Office of Personnel Management has this footnote about today: "This holiday is designated as 'Washington’s Birthday' in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which ... specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law."
Lost in Russia, and internal intrigue, and FBI trashing and mean tweets: Donald Trump is confronting a slow-moving sex scandal that would easily sink most politicians and presidents.
It includes porn stars, hush money, caught-on-tape crudeness and tawdry tabloids. And Bill Clinton would blush at how easily Trump seems to duck consequences for it all:
The big change ... The two women say they will no longer honor agreements that had silenced them:
Be smart: These years-old incidents are getting new attention in the #MeToo context. It could make things tough for Trump in the suburbs in 2020. Remember: More women vote than men, and more women are running and organizing than ever before. Trump, and his treatment of women, is a massive motivator.
Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide, will plead guilty within days to fraud-related charges in a deal with Robert Mueller, per L.A. Times' David Willman:
P.S. A new statement from Joel Kaplan, Facebook V.P. of global public policy, cleaning up tweets by another Facebook exec:
Go deeper ... Axios' David McCabe: "Facebook worked over the weekend to drive home the argument, including to Capitol Hill staffers, that [V.P. of ads Rob] Goldman’s comments didn’t speak for the company."
"After the terror, still wiping the tears, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resolve that their classmates’ deaths will lead to change," per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel:
Breaking ... White House press secretary Sarah Sanders:
"I'm going to use all the time available to me. Our diplomatic efforts will continue until that first bomb drops. My job is to never have a reason for the first bomb to drop. And we don’t know precisely how much time is left on the clock."— Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to CBS News White House correspondent Margaret Brennan, on "60 Minutes" (Video)
In his first address to the annual Munich Security Conference, which draws security and defense officials and diplomats from across Europe and the U.S., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held up a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone that flew into Israeli airspace this month, Reuters reports:
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, embraces a Muslim cultural leader during a visit to Al Manaar mosque on Visit My Mosque Day yesterday.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) arrives for a town hall last April in Palatine, Ill. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is educating the tradition-bound Senate on creating a workplace that makes room for new moms, AP's Laurie Kellman writes:
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“Slippery Slopes” ...
"Trump vs. The World" ... The big finish of John Oliver's Season 5 premiere of "Last Week Tonight" on HBO included America's "beautiful mass of contradictions, where good and bad is mixed together": a Batmobile bed, YouTube dinosaurs, Popeyes Chicken and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.
Team LeBron edges Team Steph 148-145 in NBA All-Star Game ... "LeBron James and Kevin Durant swarmed all over Stephen Curry in the final seconds, preventing the NBA's best shooter from finding even a patch of open air to launch a tying 3-pointer," AP's Greg Beacham writes from L.A.:
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