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Bob Mueller used the "Track Changes" function in Microsoft Word for Mac to make new accusations against Paul Manafort in a court filing yesterday — a new sign of the special counsel's creative, unsparing approach:
Be smart: This is a rough message by Mueller to witnesses and targets that they can be tracked and recorded even when they don't realize it. Every signal Mueller sends — with his early-morning raid on Manafort, his hires of Enron and Mafia prosecutors, and his quick flips — is that he is playing ruthlessly.
P.S. N.Y. Times, on introductory emails to Hope Hicks from Russian government addresses during the transition:
Trump, speaking last night at his Make America Great Again political rally in Pensacola, Fla., capitalized on a string of media mistakes about Russia-related investigations:
What bothers Trump ... Referring to Hillary strategists as a "bunch of dummies," Trump said:
P.S. Trump on Hillary: "She lost the election in a landslide."
"Part of a frequently disparaged profession, female lobbyists have emerged as especially vulnerable in legislatures and in Congress because, unlike government employees, they often have no avenue to report complaints and receive due process," the N.Y. Times' Trip Gabriel and Julie Bosman write on A1:
Stranger and stranger ... "A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks [R-Ariz.] told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother."
P.S. L.A. Times, top of col. 1, "#METOO FELLS A SECOND STATE LEADER: Matt Dababneh says his resignation from California Assembly isn't an admission of sexual impropriety."
This false-color image from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite on Thursday shows a brown burn scar from the Thomas fire north of Ventura, Calif., at bottom center.
"A routine day at an elite training center for racehorses transformed into terror and chaos in minutes, with hundreds of thoroughbreds stampeding out of their stalls in a desperate attempt to flee a Southern California wildfire that set their barns ablaze," AP reports from Bonsall, Calif.:
Wall Street Journal lead story, "Hiring Growth Powers Economy" ... "The U.S. economy is hitting milestones not seen in more than a decade, marked by robust hiring that has led to low unemployment and a sustained pickup in output."
N.Y. Times lead story, "SIZZLING ECONOMY HEIGHTENS FEAR OF OVERHEATING" ... "The economy's vital signs are stronger than they have been in years. ... That strength could also pose challenges, particularly in light of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that Congress could pass as early as this month."
"With unemployment so low and the economy fundamentally healthy, a tax cut could lead the economy to grow too quickly, pushing up inflation and forcing the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates."Joseph Song, an economist at Bank of America: "It's a very poorly timed fiscal stimulus ... It kind of raises the risk of a boom-bust cycle.""For now, however, the figures present a political opportunity for President Trump."
Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 News, an Axios contributor, uncovered new details President Trump's calls to the region before recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:
P.S. A senior Palestinian official in Abbas's ruling Fatah party told Haaretz that Vice President Pence, due to visit the region later this month, "is unwelcome in Palestine."
The U.S. Navy today will debut a new recruiting campaign, "Forged by the Sea," and a revamped branding strategy aimed at a new generation of recruits — the so-called centennials, born beginning around 2000.
"Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments," AP's Michelle Price reports from Salt Lake City:
Be smart ... This is one of the year's huge business trends: CEOs and corporations — prodded by shareholders, millennial customers and their own workforces — are increasingly vocal on political issues.
Remembering 2017 in 30 images ... Anna Maria Evans of Durham, N.C., attends the Women's March on Washington on Independence Avenue on Saturday, Jan. 21 — the first full day of the Trump presidency.
Sarah Sanders' "Top 10[ish] titles that could have come from the first year of the Trump administration," as read by the White House press secretary at the White House Correspondents' Association holiday reception on Thursday night at the J.W. Marriott, which drew several West Wing officials: