😎 Good Saturday morning.
Situational awareness: National security adviser John Bolton said in a statement that the U.S. "does not recognize Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate claim to power."
Rural Western states that voted for President Trump are disproportionately affected by the government shutdown, which today sets a record as the longest in U.S. history, since federal workers there make up a large share of the workforce.
Axios senior visual journalist Chris Canipe found that of the 10 states with the most affected federal employees per 10,000, six voted for Trump — Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho and West Virginia.
Why it matters: Trump's hard line over wall funding could end up hurting some of the people who put him into office.
About the data: The map above shows federal workers in the nine departments affected by the partial shutdown: Homeland Security, HUD, Commerce, Interior, Transportation, State, Agriculture, Justice and Treasury.
Go deeper: Explore the interactive map
"It sounds like spy fiction but it is not: the F.B.I. was investigating the president of the United States to see if he was working for the Russians," the N.Y. Times' Jesse McKinley tweets.
After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, FBI counterintelligence agents "began investigating whether [the president] had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests," the N.Y. Times' Adam Goldman, Mike Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos report:
"Just Watch!" ... Trump this morning posted a five-tweet response: "Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof."
Joe Biden has told some top Democrats he’s definitely running for president, and even threw out Jan. 15 — next Tuesday — as a target announcement date.
His youngest brother, Frank Biden, thinks the former vice president is in. Ditto for some advisers. Several Democrats, including Michael Bloomberg and Terry McAuliffe, are watching him as their most formidable potential competitor.
Nevertheless, Jan. 15 will come and go with no Joe-mentum — I'm told no chance of an announcement by then.
We're told authoritatively that Biden hasn't decided.
P.S. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told CNN's Van Jones last night that she intends to run for president.
China broadcasts from far side of the moon ... A screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows the Jade Rabbit 2 rover, and the Chang'e 4 spacecraft that transported it (right), taking pictures of each other.
Above: This week's electronic pay stub for Bill Striffler, still working as an air traffic controller at Newark Liberty International Airport, shows net pay of $0.00.
Below: A National Park Service ranger works yesterday on the observation deck of the Old Post Office Tower, leased by the government to Trump International Hotel. Rangers have stayed on the job there, even as many others are furloughed.
Marijuana may be less safe than we think.
That's the Smart Brevity on a piece by the great Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker, "Unwatched pot":
The bottom line: "The advice that seasoned potheads sometimes give new users — 'start low and go slow' — is probably good advice for society as a whole, at least until we better understand what we are dealing with."
Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have bigger nutrition labels, showing the beer's calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving, AP's Dee-Ann Durbin reports:
"Bud Light went with a big, black-and-white label, similar to the ones required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on packaged foods. At the top, Bud Light lists its four ingredients: water, barley, rice and hops."
Fun fact: "Researchers at Cornell University and Louisiana State University tracked what happened when diners were given menus with calorie counts. ... [D]iners who knew the calorie counts ordered lower-calorie appetizers and entrees, but the calorie counts had little impact on orders for drinks and desserts."