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Situational awareness: Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury," is being released tomorrow, four days earlier than planned, according to his publisher.

1 big thing: Trump vs. blue states

Republican control of Washington is yielding real pain for blue state priorities, with two more examples coming today:

  1. The Department of Justice will no longer abide by its don't ask, don't tell policy toward states that have legalized marijuana.
  2. The Department of the Interior is considering allowing offshore drilling, with the potential of issuing new permits for the first time since the 1980s.
  3. President Trump signed tax cuts before Christmas that cap the SALT deduction utilized by high earners in high tax states.

Be smart: These moves put blue state Republicans in jeopardy and give new urgency to liberal policy priorities ahead of 2018.

2. What you missed
  1. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold more than $39 million worth of company stock after Intel learned of a fundamental design flaw in its products, but before the general public was made aware. More.
  2. Trump threatened "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff today with a lawyer's letter which "demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the Book." Details.
  3. Trump: "I don't talk to Steve Bannon." Video.
  4. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's yearly personal challenge will be to address the slew of controversies facing his company. More.
  5. The U.S. is suspending nearly all security aid to Pakistan, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced today. Details.
3. 1 fun thing: Hollywood celebrates good dads

"[T]his year has seen an especially heartening trend: a run of simply good, conscientious on-screen dads (including, again, one de facto dad), played by a handful of accomplished actors who have earned Oscar buzz for their wonderfully deft portrayals," the L.A. Times' Gary Goldstein writes.

The list.