Scoop: The Trump administration has frozen $125 million in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, according to Axios contributor Barak Ravid. The UNRWA provides aid to Palestinian refugees.
As we head into the first weekend of 2018, consider this series of story lines from the N.Y. Times homepage:
Axios' Jonathan Swan emails with the big picture:
"At the center of all this is Jeff Sessions: a man in an untenable position, working for a president who wants him to behave as his personal lawyer, his modern day Roy Cohn. Sessions has achieved many of his lifelong dreams; he's remolded the Justice Department in his law-and-order image, unwound progress in criminal justice reform and reignited the war on drugs. But no policy announcement will be enough to please Trump, who has wanted Sessions gone ever since he recused himself. Republican House members are now calling for Sessions' head. It's only by turning his department in partisan directions — a more intense focus on the Clintons perhaps — that Sessions can appease the president. And that's no place for an Attorney General.
Former president Barack Obama will be the first guest on David Letterman's new six-part Netflix series which airs on January 12, the network announced today. [Watch the trailer.]
The other five guests: George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.