Situational awareness: "President Trump's legal team plans to cast former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn as a liar seeking to protect himself if he accuses the president or his senior aides of any wrongdoing," three people familiar tell WashPost's Carol Leonnig.
1 big thing: Obama still more admired than Trump
Barack Obama has retained the title of world's most admired man in a Gallup survey for the 10th year in a row. He was followed by President Trump at 14%, the only finisher even close to Obama's 17%.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is the most admired woman for the 16th year in a row.
- Barack Obama
- Donald Trump
- Pope Francis
- Rev. Billy Graham
- John McCain
- Elon Musk
- Bernie Sanders
- Bill Gates
- Benjamin Netanyahu
- Jeff Bezos
- The Dalai Lama
- Mike Pence
- Hillary Clinton
- Michelle Obama
- Oprah Winfrey
- Elizabeth Warren
- Angela Merkel
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Condoleezza Rice
- Melania Trump
- Nikki Haley
- Duchess Kate Middleton
- Beyonce Knowles
2. What you missed
- Chinese companies have reportedly been caught secretly selling oil to North Korea. Axios' Jonathan Swan, fresh off vacation, has more.
- Almost half of Americans in a new poll say health care is their top concern going into 2018.
- A future train station along the Western Wall will reportedly be named after Trump, a result of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. More.
- Facebook will no longer use "Disputed Flags" — red flags next to fake news articles — to identify fake news for users. It found that the flags had the reverse effect, getting people to click even more. Details.
- Trend watch: HQ Trivia — the daily live quiz game for iPhones, which gives winners cash rewards — announced plans to roll out its app for Android users by January 1st.
- Bonus: Snapchat is working on "Stories Everywhere," a new project that will let its Stories be displayed outside the app, Cheddar's Alex Heath scoops.
3. 1 fun thing
Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen reminisce to the New York Times about when a friend attempted to set them up on a blind date more than two decades ago:
COOPER "Within 45 seconds, he said, 'Your mom is Gloria Vanderbilt."'
COHEN "So bad. I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy."
COOPER "I imagined him on a Bluetooth headset, walking around, gesticulating a lot."
COHEN "By the way, you weren't exactly Mr. Personality on that call, either."