☕ Good Saturday morning.
- Sentence du jour: "The president often used profanity during [yesterday's shutdown] meeting, apologizing to Pelosi at one point for cursing so much." (WashPost)
☕ Good Saturday morning.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Asked during a Rose Garden news conference yesterday about a safety net for furloughed federal workers, President Trump replied:
Republican sources tell me that although they don't see an imminent solution to the shutdown — Trump said yesterday it could last for months or even years — the White House is likely to cave when 800,000 federal workers stop getting paid and the hardships become a staple of local news coverage across Trump country.
Most federal workers are paid biweekly; agency payroll schedules vary.
The stories are starting to dribble out, and soon could be a flood:
Be smart: For now, the shutdown is abstract for most Americans. When the coverage starts to focus on hardships in Trump country and the military, the uncrackable code may suddenly be solved.
P.S Asked whether he'd urge creditors to go easy on federal employees, Trump replied: "I think they will. ... I've been a landlord for a long time. ... [T]he people are all good for the money — they work with people. ... I would encourage them to be nice and easy."
"U.S. employers hired the most workers in 10 months in December while boosting wages," Reuters' Lucia Mutikani reports.
Markets loved it: The Dow closed up 747 points, (3%). The S&P 500 was up 3% and Nasdaq gained 4%.
"House Democratic leaders spent two years trying to keep talk of impeachment out of the headlines ... All it took was a freshman lawmaker, a viral video and a curse word ... to put it right back," the WashPost's Elise Viebeck and Mike DeBonis report:
The remark "drew almost no support, and plenty of pushback, from members of her party," per AP's Laurie Kellman.
P.S. Save this tape ... President Trump in the Rose Garden yesterday:
"Mary Boyce, dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, told The [N.Y.] Post that the team she and the top engineering professor at Cornell led to examine the MTA’s controversial L train shutdown plan had no experience working on a subway system like New York’s."
"When Elizabeth Warren walked into the event room next to a bowling alley here Friday evening, she effectively kicked off a presidential primary contest that is already making Democrats' heads spin," the Boston Globe's Jess Bidgood reports from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The share of all-white executive teams [in the top 100 U.S. companies by market cap] dropped from 67 percent in 1995 to 33 percent in 2015.— Susan E. Reed, a freelance journalist who conducted the study, in WashPost Outlook, "Corporate boards are diversifying. The C-suite isn't"
"Fans flock to 'Bird Box' house in [L.A. County] to pose in photos as craze over film soars," the L.A. Times' Hannah Fry reports:
P.S. "[N]early one-third of Netflix's 137 million subscribers watched the movie from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27." (AP)