Good Saturday morning. Situational awareness: The high peaks of New Hampshire's White Mountains had a forecast of 40° below zero overnight. The wind chill could make the air feel as cold as 100 below zero, per N.Y. Times.
Pause for a moment, and really let this sink in. The President of the United States this morning declared he's not mentally unstable, and in fact is a genius:
Nothing like this has ever been uttered in public by a sitting president in the existence of our nation. Nothing. And it puts us in uncharted waters:
Yesterday, Jim and I shared with you the parts of Michael Wolff's book that ring true based in our conservations with many of the same sources. We want to take a crack at painting a composite of what those sources say on this topic in private:
But, but, but: Trump has more presidential moments of lucidity and normality than Wolff's book suggests.
Why it matters: It's not just the Trump haters who fear he will one day drop real bombs, not just Twitter bombs, to prove himself.
"Entrepreneurs see big opportunity: Helping workers and companies navigate the nightmare of sex harassment allegations" — cover story of tomorrow's WashPost Business section.
"The FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for months, reviving a probe that was dialed back during the 2016 campaign amid tensions between Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the politically charged case," the WashPost writes in its lead story:
In Tokyo, members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association balance atop bamboo ladders during today's New Year fire review of the Tokyo Fire Department.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Declan J. O'Scanlon Jr., a Republican assemblyman from Monmouth County, on New Jersey's distinction as the last state in the nation where drivers are not allowed to pump their own gasoline:"The only thing you could argue is that New Jerseyans are more flammable than people in the other 49 states. Because we eat so much oily pizza, funnel cake and fries, maybe you could make that argument. Otherwise, it's simply ridiculous."
"The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972," AP's Chris Rugaber reports:
Be smart: "Robust job creation has lowered unemployment for all Americans. ... But there are also less-happy reasons for the lower unemployment rates: Fewer Americans are either working or looking for work."
Mueller "has recalled for questioning at least one participant in a controversial meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016, and is looking into President Trump's misleading claim that the discussion focused on adoption, rather than an offer to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton," per the L.A. Times' David Cloud.
Dossier author ... "Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior committee member, told the Justice Department that they had reason to believe that a former British spy, Christopher Steele, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding information in a dossier, and they urged the department to investigate," per the N.Y. Times lead story.
"The Trump administration is asking Congress for nearly $18 billion to construct more than 700 miles of new and replacement barriers along the Southwest border, its most detailed description yet of the president's vision of a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico," per Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler (subscription):
"Neurotechnology: The next frontier ... Using thought to control machines Brain-computer interfaces may change what it means to be human" — Economist cover leader (editorial):
"[J]ust as Oscar nomination voting got underway, Paramount Pictures unveiled a new spot ... promoting its Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature An Inconvenient Sequel, in which former vice president Al Gore continues his crusade to inform the public about climate change," per the Hollywood Reporter:
What's next: "Gore, who many — particularly in Hollywood — believe was the duly-elected 43rd president of the United States, has been hitting the awards campaign trail hard this fall. ... This week he is hitting the road again."