Good Sunday morning. Situational awareness: "The Trump administration said Saturday that it would resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, bowing for now to a federal court ruling that blocked an effort to end the Obama-era policy." (Wall Street Journal)
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Trump's day of reckoning ... The one thing that could dramatically diminish President Trump’s chances of avoiding impeachment and chalking up legislative wins is Democrats winning the House.
You can’t predict outcomes this far out, but these hard facts scare the hell out of Republicans:
Be smart: Republicans typically hold a built-in advantage in House elections in modern politics. The reason: a combo of congressional districts designed for a GOP edge + the fact that old, white voters outperform in off-year elections because they actually vote. But Democratic momentum looks like it could drench the map.
The takeaway: With a Democratic House, Trump faces not only a high risk of impeachment proceedings, but hostile chairs with subpoena power who can tie up the administration with hearings and document requests.
"A false alert sent to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday warning of an incoming ballistic missile is calling attention to an emergency notification system that government officials at all levels say needs major improvements," per the N.Y. Times' Cecilia Kang:
"Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam [D] took some veiled shots at President Donald Trump as he was sworn in as the 73rd governor of the commonwealth, ... telling a crowd gathered in Richmond, 'You don't have to be loud to lead," per CNN.
The Wall Street Journal got a lot of pickup from the lead quote of its interview with President Trump last week: "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised."
Two days after the fact, the White House is disputing the quote, contending in a tweet from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders yesterday that Trump said "I'd probably have" instead of "I probably have."
"Michael Wolff" joined the "Morning Joe" episode that was the cold open of last night's "Saturday Night Live":
Jeff Bezos — with Amazon, The Washington Post and the Blue Origin space start-up — "is the world’s richest person and can afford virtually any luxury. But obscurity is no longer among them," write the N.Y. Times' Nick Wingfield and Nellie Bowles:
Users of the English version of Wikipedia tend to focus their searches around their media consumption, according to an analysis of 2017's top pages by a group of the site’s editors.
See another chart, more trends.
"The Voice of College Football, Keith Jackson Had a Visceral Effect on Fans," by Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples:
The F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter, as seen at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C., part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail. (AP's Skip Foreman)
"Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died," AP's Jay Reeves writes from Birmingham, Ala.:
Leslie Odom Jr., known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, will sing "America The Beautiful" during Super Bowl LII pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4, the NFL and NBC announced.
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