Good Monday morning from the Big Easy, and hap-PY 2018!
Times Square was 9°, the second coldest ball drop on record, per N.Y. Times: The iciest, in 1917, was 1°.
I got an email out of the blue yesterday from someone I like very much, but see only sporadically.
That's an email that makes both sides feel good. One of the "Mikey Rules for Living" is that at any given moment, you can make someone feel good, or feel bad:
And about those resolutions ... I have to be clear-eyed with myself that at this point, I'm not going to change in multiple ways, just because I write a worthy list.
If you're one of our readers who's serving abroad today, or is working today to serve others, thank you.
Amid repeats and rehashes, The New Yorker has a fresh issue ... "A Reporter at Large: Making China Great Again — How Beijing learned to use Trump to its advantage," by former Beijing man Evan Osnos:
"[A] nonprofit group founded by the Democratic activist David Brock ... secretly spent $200,000 on an unsuccessful effort [by lawyer Lisa Bloom] to bring forward accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump before Election Day," the N.Y. Times' Ken Vogel reports in the paper's lead story:
P.S. "Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced an initiative [yesterday] to ensure there are proper procedures ... to protect law clerks and other court employees from sexual harassment, saying it is clear that the federal judiciary 'is not immune.'" (WashPost's Bob Barnes)
In this poll for Axios by SurveyMonkey, Republicans are more hopeful and Democrats are more fearful.
Americans are pulling together every day to help one another; and we're enjoying medical advances that will help millions, Axios' Haley Britzky writes:
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From health care to education, the U.S. is starting to see notable declines in areas that matter most to regular citizens, per Axios' Shane Savitsky:
Go deeper, and share the list.
Ten people were killed overnight in anti-government protests sweeping Iran, according to state TV (via BBC):
How it's playing ... L.A. Times lead story, "TRUMP TWEETS AS IRAN CRACKS DOWN President's support of protests may backfire as Tehran points to his 'rogue nation' insults at earlier U.N. event."
"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for urgent talks with South Korea to make the Winter Olympics next month a success even while repeating claims that he could strike the U.S. with a nuclear bomb," per Bloomberg.
A tuxedoed Trump, strolling past the media pool at his Mar-a-Lago New Years' Eve party, replied when asked about Kim's "button" claim: "We'll see, we'll see. Come on inside."
Bite of the day ... Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, to Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week:
Noting that he has "some extra time on my hands this year to catch up," President Obama used this Facebook post to continue his tradition of releasing reading lists and playlists:
The best books I read in 2017:
My favorite songs of 2017:
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... Drudge's final homepage of the year captures the apocalyptic undertone of so much of the coverage in a year of media upheaval:
"California pot shops prepare for their first day of legal recreational marijuana sales," by L.A. Times' Angel Jennings and Sarah Parvini: