Good Monday morning. Situational awareness: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posts: "Ultimately, the thing that will bring the most to change our culture is ... having more women with more power." ... "CVS Health Corp. agreed to buy Aetna Inc. for about $69 billion ... in a move to transform the pharmacy company and capture more of what consumers spend on health care." (WSJ)
You're invited ... D.C.ers, please join Evan Ryan and me tomorrow at 8 a.m. as we discuss the future of health care with Arianna Huffington; Aneesh Chopra, the first CTO of the U.S.; the CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; and more. RSVP here.
John Dowd, President Trump's outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.
Dowd says he drafted this weekend's Trump tweet that many thought strengthened the case for obstruction: The tweet suggested Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he was fired, raising new questions about the later firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Why it matters: Trump's legal team is setting the stage to say the president cannot be charged with core crimes discussed in the Russia probe: collusion and obstruction. Presumably, you wouldn't preemptively make these arguments unless you felt there was a chance charges are coming.
Bob Woodward tells me this "is a legal thicket and really has not been settled":
Be smart: The one thing everyone agrees on is that the House of Representatives, with its impeachment power, alone decides what is cause for removal from office. For now, at least, the House is run by Republicans.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), to John Dickerson on "Face the Nation": "I'm going to urge the Pentagon not to send any more dependents to South Korea. South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour. It's crazy to send thousands of children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea."
Billy Bush — former co-host of "Access Hollywood" and "Today" — writes in New York Times op-ed:
He said it. "Grab 'em by the pussy."
Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America's highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better. ...
Today is about reckoning and reawakening, and I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus.
A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty, atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., last evening.
The man who coined the term "net neutrality" is now calling for "a return to sort of Progressive Era style antitrust enforcement that is focused on concentration and size," Axios' David McCabe reports:
Office holiday parties get a makeover amid scandals, per AP Business Writer Marley Jay:
"Met Suspends Top Conductor In Sex Inquiry," the N.Y. Times' Michael Cooper reports on A1: "The Metropolitan Opera suspended James Levine, its revered conductor and former music director, ... after three men came forward with accusations that Mr. Levine sexually abused them [as] teenagers."
P.S. After workplace misconduct allegations against former host Garrison Keillor, "A Prairie Home Companion" will get a new name, not yet chosen, Minnesota Public Radio said. (AP)
Jared Kushner made rare public remarks at the Saban Forum in Washington, the first time he had spoken publicly about administration's efforts to broker "the ultimate deal" between Israel and the Palestinians.
Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 news, an Axios contributor, has these takeaways:
On life in the spotlight, Kushner said: "[W]hen our service is done, we'll look back and we won't say: 'Oh, there was a bad story on this, there was a bad story on that.' We'll look back and we'll say: 'Did we spend every minute we could to push as hard as we could, on the issues we cared about, to make as big of an impact as possible?'"
Two separate lobbying pushes are underway, urging Congress to create multibillion-dollar tax credits benefiting virtually all U.S. coal and nuclear plants, Axios' Amy Harder scoops in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
HBO documentary at 8 p.m. ... Told primarily in his own words, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee traces the ascent of the Watergate-era Washington Post executive editor from a young Boston boy stricken with polio to the one of the 20th century's most consequential journalists, HBO says:
Reliving an epic 2017 ... James Clapper, then director of National Intelligence (left), and James Comey, then FBI director, testify on Jan. 10 —10 days before the inauguration — at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities.
The College Football Playoff is set and the games look pretty good, AP's Ralph Russo writes: