Good Sunday morning. Situational awareness: About 100 million people were caught in yesterday's East Coast deep freeze, per AP. Temperatures this morning could hit record lows from South Carolina to Maine, but the wind won't be as punishing. Then the thermometer will begin inching up.
JFK airport in New York was so jammed that some punches were thrown in the jostling, and one traveler told the Daily News: "It was like I was in a basketball arena.”
Bannon speaks before introducing Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore on Dec. 5 in Fairhope, Ala. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Exclusive: Battered by the backlash from Michael Wolff's book, Steve Bannon is trying to make amends with the Trump family, providing a statement to Axios that expresses "regret" to President Trump and praises his son, Donald Trump Jr.
The backstory ... In Wolff's book, Bannon is quoted as saying of Mueller's prosecutors: "They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.'"
Be smart: While Bannon's statement may seem like a baby step, he's as stubborn as Trump when it comes to apologizing and admitting he has made a mistake. He views any concession as a sign of humiliating weakness.
What's next: Look for Don Jr. to accept the statement graciously. But Bannon has further to go with President Trump: Axios has learned that POTUS has said that he wants surrogates who appear for him on TV to "bury Steve."
P.S. "Fake book" ... Trump tweets as he leaves Camp David: "I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author."
Trump leaves a Camp David press appearance with Cabinet members and GOP congressional leaders. (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
White House and Republican congressional officials are trying to set modest expectations for what they can accomplish on the Hill in an election year.
Be smart: Considering the legislative calendar and the midterm elections, Congress is likely to get even less done this year than it did last year.
A Republican congressional aide gives us this readout from the retreat:
Trump speaks to press at Camp David. (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
President Trump, at the Camp David presser, saying libel laws should be stronger:
AP's Julio Cortez
Gusty wind blows snow as Jesse Sherwood jogs at Liberty State Park in Jersey City yesterday.
Out Tuesday ... "Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life," by Lea Berman, White House social secretary for President George W. Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, White House social secretary for President Barack Obama.
N.Y. Times: "Trump is due for his annual physical examination on Friday, but the White House would not say whether it would include mental acuity tests."
Mass demonstration Thursday at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, in support of a new year address by Kim Jong-un (Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
"U.S. Miscalculated the Nuclear Progress of North Korea by Years," by N.Y. Times' David E. Sanger and William J. Broad:
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a New Year speech on state television in Beijing. (Xinhua via AP)
Evan Osnos in The New Yorker, "Making China Great Again":
P.S. Edward Wong, in N.Y. Times Sunday Review, after a 10-year assignment in Beijing that ended last year:
Merkel delivers a statement in Berlin today. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel "once seemed invincible. Now her time may be running out," the WashPost's Griff Witte writes from Berlin:
Bill Gates is guest editor of TIME’s “The Optimists” issue, featuring a cover portrait of 5-year-old Ethiopian Mohamad Nasir, whom Gates had met in 2012, less than a month after birth.
Gates to Nancy Gibbs, on what makes him optimistic about the role of technology in the future of work: “There are many problems that we haven’t solved. Obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s: These are gigantic problems that there are solutions for. And I do expect that advanced software — AI software — will help us understand the biology, understand how to intervene and improve lives very dramatically."
Warren Buffett on the economy: “I have good news. First, most American children are going to live far better than their parents did. Second, large gains in the living standards of Americans will continue for many generations to come."
"[W]ith the cloud of sexual harassment hanging over Hollywood’s annual round of self-congratulations, the Golden Globe ceremony [tonight] marks the first test of how the industry will handle live on the world’s stage a scandal that has rocked show business," Reuters reports:
P.S. Rosario Dawson, as part of the Time's Up campaign, uses an Instagram video to urge women to wear black even if they're not at the Globes: "Please join us in blacking out Sunday."
Thank you for reading. See you all day in the Axios stream ...