Good Friday morning. Situational awareness: Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year is "youthquake": "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people."
We constantly have to remind ourselves how not-normal these times are, and The Washington Post today finds a fresh way illuminate how anomalous and inexplicable President Trump's views on Russia are:
Be smart: "His position has alienated close American allies and often undercut members of his Cabinet ... against the backdrop of a criminal probe into possible ties between [his] campaign and the Kremlin."
P.S. White House readout of Trump-Putin call yesterday: "President Trump thanked President Putin for acknowledging America's strong economic performance in his annual press conference. The two presidents also discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea."
The Senate Republican tax bill is built on shaky assumptions, such as sunsets of the individual tax provisions that the GOP argues will never actually happen, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes:
P.S. "Possible Rubio defection puts tax bill closer to the brink," per a WashPost front-pager: "Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) threatened to vote against [the tax bill] unless it further expands a child tax credit to millions of working families."
Black women, having voted 98% for Senator-elect Doug Jones in Alabama, now wonder whether the Democratic Party will return the favor by sharing some of the party's political power, handing over places at the negotiating table and pushing legislation that speaks to their unique issues, per AP's Jesse Holland:
At last night's world premiere of "The Post," a movie about the Pentagon Papers case of 1971, the Washington audience burst into applause when Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, made her epic decision to challenge the Nixon White House on years of lies about Vietnam:
Steven Spielberg — director of the movie, in theaters Dec. 22 — appeared at the Newseum before the screening and said: "[T]his was a story that had to be made right now because it resonated right now."
"The repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules [yesterday] wipes from the books regulations that prevented Internet service providers from blocking or slowing some websites, and charging more for others to run faster," USA Today writes in the lead story of its print edition:
Disney-Fox deal will reshape Hollywood ... Disney now dominates movies, sports ... "Seismic Shift for Hollywood's Studio System," per Hollywood Reporter:
Go deeper ... "Here's what the new Disney/Fox merger looks like," by Axios' Sara Fischer and Dan Primack.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley unveiled recently declassified evidence, including these remains of an Iranian Qasef-1 unmanned aerial vehicle, as "undeniable" evidence that Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.
"While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea," Reuters reports from D.C.:
"China is manipulating decision-makers in Western democracies," The Economist writes in its cover editorial:
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left, the eventual victor) and Conor McGregor face off during weigh-in before the Vegas fight that was the second biggest pay-per-view of all time (4.3 million buys in North America — second to Mayweather's 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao, 4.6 million buys).
Twitter shares soared yesterday, a day after Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted a photo of himself with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the tech company's HQ in San Francisco, Bloomberg reports: