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:
- The Department of Justice will no longer abide by its don't ask, don't tell policy toward states that have legalized marijuana.
- The Department of the Interior is considering allowing offshore drilling, with the potential of issuing new permits for the first time since the 1980s.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump: "I don't talk to Steve Bannon." Video.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's yearly personal challenge will be to address the slew of controversies facing his company. More.
- 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.