Good Wednesday morning. Situational awareness: "Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco [ruled] that the administration must 'maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis' as the legal challenge to the president’s decision goes forward." (N.Y. Times)
President Trump enjoyed yesterday's episode of "The Trump Show": He played the president he sometimes fantasizes being — a post-partisan leader, bigger than Republican or Democrat, a celebrity dealmaker with no firm attachments, who’d overwhelm Washington through the sheer strength of statecraft and deal-cutting genius. A real Davos man. P.T. Barnum with a pulpit.
But Axios' Jonathan Swan points out that Trump yesterday showed the side we often hear about from behind closed doors:
Why this matters: When Trump is in these moods, he’s at his most unpredictable (and therefore most dangerous, in the eyes of Republican leaders.)
The juice: What Trump will tell the World Economic Form in Davos later this month ... A senior administration official tells me Trump will have "a very carrot-and-stick message," like on his Asia swing, and won't back off anything:
President Trump tomorrow will hold a listening session on prison reform, after six months of quiet exploration of the issue by senior adviser Jared Kushner (who turns 37 today):
Koch Industries general counsel Mark Holden, a longtime champion of the issue, told me he has been impressed with Kushner's passion, and that the approach the administration is exploring "has been showed to markedly reduce recidivism."
Be smart: The issue is personal for Kushner, given the former imprisonment of his father, developer Charles Kushner.
Axios' Jonathan Swan: "Steve Bannon lit himself on fire — and Trump extinguished him."
This is the view from inside an autonomous-driving exhibit at the Hyundai Mobis booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center yesterday during CES.
Go deeper: running coverage from Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried.
"A sweeping new report by congressional Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe," AP reports:
P.S. WashPost A1, "Transcript release intensifies feud over FBI, Trump dossier":
Chinese investors and firms own a majority of almost 2,400 American companies, employing 114,000 people — about the same number as the combined U.S. staffs of Google, Facebook and Tesla, according to data from MacroPolo.
"As Trump's presidency begins its second year and with Michael Wolff's book ... topping best-seller lists, dozens more books about everything from civil liberties to fears of autocracy are scheduled to come out in 2018," AP's Hillel Italie writes:
Several new works will address challenges to the government:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes his way out of Senate chambers after delivering his final state of the state address in Trenton yesterday.
"Filmmaker Gotham Chopra was granted sweeping access to [New England Patriots quarterback Tom] Brady in an array of intimate settings," writes the N.Y. Times' Mark Leibovich, whose juicy NFL book will be out in time for next season:
"Face the Nation" anchor John Dickerson will move to New York to replace Charlie Rose as co-host of "CBS This Morning," joining Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell beginning today, CBS News President David Rhodes announced:
N.Y. Times' Michael Grynbaum: "Dickerson — whose mother, Nancy Dickerson, in 1960 became the first female correspondent at CBS News — plans to move his family to New York and relinquish his duties at 'Face the Nation.'"
"Alabama star revealed himself in most crushing moment of truth ... How Jalen Hurts handled one of the most devastating public benchings we’ll ever see," by N.Y. Post's Mike Vaccaro:
Leadership in a nutshell, from Jalen Hurts in the euphoric Alabama locker room after the game: "It was important for me to stay true to myself and be the person I am, and be the leader I am, regardless of the circumstance ... It’s my duty to do things like that, and do all those things genuinely.”
Thank you for reading. See you all day in the Axios stream ...