Situational awareness: President Trump has revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, the White House announced today.
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Drug overdoses killed a record 72,000 Americans last year, driven by a surge in synthetic opioids.
The big picture: "The dominant factor is the changing drug supply," epidemiologist Brandon Marshall told the N.Y. Times' Margot Sanger-Katz. The synthetic opioid fentanyl is increasingly found mixed with other drugs, and its potency is a factor in the uptick in overdoses.
Between the lines:
The bottom line: Ending this epidemic is a bipartisan issue, and the supply of prescription opioids is falling nationwide. But our fellow Americans are dying, and we can't look away.
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People take photos and videos with their mobile phones as Aerosmith performs on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Center today in New York City.
"I watched Nicolas Cage movies for 14 hours straight, and I'm sold" — The Guardian's Luke Buckmaster walked out thinking Nic Cage is a bizarre genius of acting:
"In Cage’s hands, cartoonish moments are imbued with real emotion and real emotions become cartoons. Everything – from individual scenes down to single lines of dialogue – feel like they have been embraced as opportunities for creation. Cage is usually interesting even when his films are not. He is erratic and unpredictable; he is captivating and he is capricious. He is a performer. He is a troubadour. He is a jazz musician."