Good Saturday morning. Dueling Cabinet stories on dueling front pages ... #Winning: Atop column 1 of the WashPost, "Embattled Sessions more than perseveres: While most eyes are on Russia, he's reshaping the Justice Department" ... #GroundhogDay below the fold of N.Y. Times: "Disquiet Increases at State Dept. While Tillerson Thins the Ranks."
"The death toll in a bomb and gun attack on a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai has risen to 305, with 27 children among the dead," CNN reports:
Trump response: "We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt."
P.S. "[T]he Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in 'Die Hard.'" (AP)
"Dueling Appointments Lead to Clash .... Trump [yesterday] named his budget director as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, moving to take control of the agency hours after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice," the N.Y. Times' Tara Siegel Bernard reports:
Be smart: Ask Sally Yates who will be in charge.
Jason Zengerle has a fun, insightful read for tomorrow's N.Y. Times Magazine, "The Voices in Blue America's Head," that captures the quick business and cultural success of the Pod Save America empire:
Santa parachutes into Shenandoah, Pa., yesterday.
Pennsylvania man rests after shopping yesterday.
Traffic accidents, including fatalities, grew (by two!) in a test county in Indiana after the release of Pokémon Go, according to a paper from Purdue University called "Death by Pokémon GO."
Emerging markets roar back ... "America first? Not when it comes to world stocks," Barron's writes in its cover story:
Shot ... Trump tweet: "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named "Man (Person) of the Year," like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"
Chaser ... TIME tweet: "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."
Excel spreadsheet gets an obit from The Wall Street Journal:
It had a great run!