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Carolyn Kaster / AP

Sean Spicer held a tumultuous briefing this afternoon with the White House press corps, but hopefully this weekend will be a little more relaxed as he announced that President Trump will be in Mar-a-Lago (or "the Winter White House") for the weekend, departing on Friday.

  1. "It's not a ban": @realDonaldTrump at 8:31 AM yesterday, "If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the 'bad' would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad 'dudes' out there!"
  2. On the battlefield: Spicer dodged the question when asked if Trump still believes in targeting the families of terrorists, but he did pledge that no American citizen would ever be targeted in a counterterrorism strike.
  3. On the Yates firing: "This isn't about joining the government to execute your ideas or opinions ... If they don't like it, they shouldn't take the job. But it's the President's agenda that we're fulfilling here."
  4. SCOTUS: "We've got an individual that I think is going to have widespread bipartisan support." Spicer deferred to Mitch McConnell when asked if Trump supports the Senate invoking the "nuclear option" for Supreme Court nominees.
  5. At war with the media: Tensions ran high between Spicer and the press corps. When pressed on POTUS' tweet, Spicer said, "He's using the words that the media is using." He further told reporters, "You are part of the confusion." He also specifically cited the New York Times report on the executive order as "false reporting." Watch it below:
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Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate voted 69-28 to pass legislation Thursday night to fund the government until February 18.

Why it matters: The move staves off a government shutdown but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in a few weeks and Democrats are trying to pass their behemoth social spending bill.

DiDi to delist from NYSE under Chinese govt pressure

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings.

Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.