Good Monday morning. As we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the WashPost opinion section has "tweetable quotations from the man we honor," including: "We must seek an integration based on mutual respect.”
So far this year, President Trump has felt it necessary to declare publicly that he's "not a racist” and that he's "a very stable genius" — and it's Jan. 15.
This morning on "Fox & Friends," which gets the president's attention like no other news show, Brian Kilmeade had this advice for Trump on his heated immigration remarks:
That followed contortions on Sunday shows by Republicans who were in the Oval Office meeting:
As the president headed into dinner at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach last evening, he was asked this not-normal question: "What do you say to people who say you're a racist?"
The N.Y. Times has an ambitious roundup of military-wide preparations for a possible strike on North Korea, "Military Quietly Plans for a War It Doesn’t Want":
This year will be less risky than 2017, according to an AI-driven forecast, mainly because the world is already accustomed to the volatility created by Brexit and Donald Trump, Axios' Steve LeVine writes.
Tom Cruise, doing is own stunts, runs along the rooftop of London's Blackfriars train station for "Mission Impossible 6."
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says the operator who "selected the wrong menu option" has been "temporarily reassigned."
But an AP dispatch from Honolulu says residents and tourists "remained rattled."
Trump said: "[T]hat was a state thing. But we're going to now get involved with them. I love that they took responsibility. ... But we're going to get involved."
Counterprogramming alert ... On Wednesday — coincidentally, the same day President Trump will present his Fake News Awards — retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), will give a floor speech that includes these passages:
From a N.Y. Times roundup from black churches yesterday:
In Turkey, a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane got stuck in mud as it skidded off the airstrip at Trabzon Airport on the Black Sea coast.
Super Bowl 52 is 20 days away ... AP pregames the four contenders:
"Board game nights are having a moment," Marie Elizabeth Oliver writes in the WashPost:
Our thought bubble ... As the friend who alerted us to this trend put it: "It's counterintuitive, but it makes sense." We think we all want to be on our screens. But with the world going so fast on social media, board games give us a chance to break away from the stress, relax and be real again.
Thank you for reading, and see you all day in the Axios stream ...