Good Monday morning from Tuscaloosa, Ala., where we did an early family Thanksgiving with Anders, a Roll Tide freshman.
Situational awareness: Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, 93, agrees to resignation terms but drags his feet, per CNN.
"Witnesses questioned by Mueller's team warn that investigators are asking about ... foreign contacts and meetings that have not yet become public, and to expect a series of new revelations," the WashPost's Ashley Parker and Carol Leonnig write atop column 1:
A White House official tells me: "The only people focused on or consumed by this are the press. The White House staff are working to carry out the President's agenda on behalf of the American people."
What we're hearing: I'm told that Mueller's team is rooting around inside Trump world more deeply than is publicly known. Outside West Wing advisers tell me that may create a showdown.
By happenstance (looking for "Face the Nation" in a new city), I caught a "CBS Sunday Morning" segment by correspondent Lee Cowan that was loaded with eye-opening changes aimed at reducing "lunch shaming" of poor, hungry kids:
"The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars," per AP's Darlene Superville:
America's liberal leaders are torn between fighting climate change and resisting nuclear power, Axios' Amy Harder (just back from climate talks in Bonn) writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union":
"If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill, and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that's great. If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we're OK with taking it out."
"The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a transgender man," AP's Gene Johnson reports:
"Darkest Hour," an Oscar talker in L.A. and N.Y. theaters beginning Wednesday, rolling out nationwide through Dec. 22:
Brian Truitt writes in USA Today's review that the film focuses on "a few harrowing weeks in May 1940 with Britain torn between fighting or surrendering to Hitler's marching Nazi machine," and has a "pervading sense of hope and decency in the face of seemingly unstoppable fascism."
After New England beat Oakland 33-8 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City yesterday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (U.S., U.K. and Mexico), per NFL Communications.
At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York, Santa visits are by appointment only, for the first time ever, AP reports: