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Pause for a second: The past year has been so absurd, so blow-your-mind unpredictable that we are almost numb to tectonic shifts in our politics and behavior.
Think about the half day of madness that started when BuzzFeed posted, in full, an unsubstantiated, one-source memo, funded by partisans, that claimed acts -- too disgusting to print -- by the man a week from the Oval Office:
At one point the NINE fastest-falling stocks on the S&P 500 were drug companies after he said he wants to "create new bidding procedures for the drug industry because they're getting away with murder."
Trump's decision to keep his global empire under the full control of his sons promises to spark controversy throughout his presidency. No doubt, he threw up some walls: There will be no foreign deals by his son, an ethics adviser to monitor any fishy deals, and no formal or informal role for DJT. But he's not doing what those before have by fully divesting or simply tossing his assets into a blind trust.
The former British spy behind the Trump dump, Christopher Steele, was hired by Fusion GPS, a Washington firm headed by former WSJ reporter Glenn Simpson, according to an NYT front-pager:
The administration schedules a classified, bipartisan House briefing tomorrow with intel officials on Russian involvement in the election. Briefers at the 9:15 a.m., members-only meeting will be DNI Director Clapper, CIA Director Brennan, FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers.
Peter Thiel takes a victory lap with Maureen Dowd, on the cover of Thursday Styles as "Trump's Tech Pal Explains Himself." His take on Hillary: "If you're too optimistic, it sounds like you're out of touch … Somehow, what was unusual about Trump is, he was very pessimistic but it still had an energizing aspect to it."
"Instagram's shameless Snapchat knockoff is doing marvelously well," according to Quartz: Facebook-owned "Instagram announced that Instagram Stories, a feature it launched in August 2016, … has accumulated 150 million daily active users. That's exactly how many users Snapchat had as of June 2016." The power of the Facebook: Instagram Stories took four months to get the same number users that took Snapchat over four years.
Wall Street firms' Q4 reports are expected to show the best year since '09, according to Bloomberg: "The question analysts have for bank executives is whether the fourth quarter heralds a return for bond trading -- traditionally the biggest driver of Wall Street profits -- or a false dawn created by Donald Trump's surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election
While nationalism spreads, China goes global: Xi Jinping will be the first Chinese president in history to attend Davos. He will discuss the Chinese plan for "inclusive globalization," despite his government's long history of protectionist policies that protect its exporting dominance. Axios' Christopher Matthews points out: