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Bill Clinton teams up with James Patterson to pen White House thriller, per N.Y. Times' Alexandra Alter: "In June 2018, Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company will jointly publish 'The President Is Missing' ... a 'unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama' that will be 'informed by insider details that only a president can know.'"

How it happened: "The project came about late last year when Robert B. Barnett, ... who represents both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Patterson, had the idea of pairing them up on a novel."

"Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump," by AP's Julie Pace: "After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump even as he avoids saying the new president's name."

  • "[T]he attention surrounding Obama has ... magnified the vacuum for new Democratic leadership, a reality that aides say is not lost on the former president."
  • "In an unusual move for a former president ... Obama taped a video endorsing Emmanuel Macron, the eventual winner of the French presidential election. He backed Macron after Trump appeared to side with nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen."
  • "Obama advisers say ... he is willing to consider requests for support from overseas candidates. Later this month, he'll appear alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces elections later this year, for a panel on democracy.
  • "Obama's stop in Germany will coincide with Trump's first visit to Europe as president, ... setting up a stark contrast between the 44th and 45th presidents on the world stage."

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LeBron James on Trump NBA protest remarks: "We could care less"

The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James kneels during the national anthem before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Wednesday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

LeBron James responded on Wednesday night to President Trump's comments calling NBA players "disgraceful" for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and that he won't watch games because of the action.

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized sports players for taking the knee since 2016. But James said during a news conference, "I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game." November's elections marked "a big moment for us as Americans," he said. "If we continue to talk about, 'We want better, we want change,' we have an opportunity to do that," he added. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will "respect peaceful protest."

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L.A. mayor authorizes utilities shut-off at homes hosting large gatherings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a January event in Los Angeles. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday he's authorized the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut down utilities at locations that host large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: Garcetti's announcement follows a fatal shooting at a house party attended by roughly 200 people last Monday, the Los Angeles Times notes.