Good Monday morning. Look for President Trump to be on the field, or otherwise highlighted (advance folks were hashing out details), during the National Anthem at tonight's college football championship in Atlanta (Alabama v. Georgia; 8 p.m. on ESPN).
This will be a kneel-free zone: College players stay in the locker room during the National Anthem. ESPN wanted to interview Trump, but say that looks unlikely: "We’re still taking to the White House. I don’t get the sense he’s going to do an interview."
With her inspirational, future-looking acceptance speech at the Golden Globe last night, Oprah Winfrey ignited an online tsunami of speculation about her strength as a potential 2020 presidential contender:
Judge for yourself ... Highlights of Oprah's acceptance speech:
Local city officials visit prototypes of the proposed border wall in San Diego in November. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump plans to visit the concrete-and-steel prototypes of his beloved border wall in San Diego after his State of the Union address on Jan. 30, sources tell us.
Why it matters: Trump insiders say that as they think about 2020, no promise is more vital in Trump Country. He can't blame Democrats for the fact that there's not a wall — he has to find a way to deliver one. It was such a central and symbolic promise that there's no averting your gaze from it.
Be smart: As the White House looks to this year's midterms and reelection in 2020, and as more moderate advisers depart, look for President Trump to sound more like Campaign Trump on immigration, trade and other issues.
"Anticipating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview President Donald Trump, the president’s legal team is discussing [with FBI investigators] a range of potential options for the format, including written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit-down," per NBC News:
Pope Francis presides over a Mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican yesterday, baptizing 34 cooing and crying babies and encouraging their parents to make sure the "language of love" is spoken at home.
An eye-opening New Yorker piece that lawmakers and administration officials should soak in, about "a major legal battle over the U.S. government’s duty to protect prospective deportees who plead for their lives."
"When Deportation Is a Death Sentence: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries," by Sarah Stillman:
CNN"s Brian Stelter: "The tiptoeing is over. The whispers are turning into shouts. President Trump's fitness for office is now the top story in the country. That's partly due to Trump's behavior... partly due to Wolff's book... partly due to Trump's reaction to the book."
P.S. N.Y. Times front-pager, "Countries See Executive Disorder in Trump's Foreign Policy Tweets":
"With Republicans unable to agree on a vision for health care, Democrats are debating ideas that range from single-payer, government-run care for all, to new insurance options anchored in popular programs like Medicare or Medicaid," AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes:
"America's natural gas industry is riding a political and economic wave it hopes can go all over the world," Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
"A leading activist investor and a pension fund are saying [Apple] needs to respond to what some see as a growing public-health crisis of youth phone addiction," the Wall Street Journal's David Benoit reports on A1:
Be smart: Addiction questions that have been rising about Facebook are now extending to device-makers — a new front in this season of confrontation for Big Tech.
The New Yorker's "Cover Story": "I asked myself, What would King be doing if he were around today?” the San Francisco-based artist Mark Ulriksen says, about the civil-rights leader, the inspiration for this week’s cover. (The cover’s title draws from Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, in which he spoke of a “creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice.”)
"[W]omen take center stage at the Golden Globes ... the first major awards show of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement," by L.A. Times' Glenn Whipp:
T'hank you for reading. See you all day in the Axios stream ...