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Andrew Harnik / AP

Trump's joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was exactly what you might expect: polite, formal, and not especially newsworthy. The highlights...

  • Is Flynn in? Mike Flynn was spotted taking his seat at the presser. Trump only called on friendly media outlets at the (a local Sinclair affiliate and The Daily Caller), successfully avoiding any questions about Flynn's job status.
  • Key points of agreement between both leaders: Greater infrastructure investment, a joint council to benefit women entrepreneurs in North America, and a fight against opioids crossing the border.

Comparing their statements on different issues:The Canada-U.S. relationship

  • Trump: "We share much more than a border, we share the same values...America is deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like Canada."
  • Trudeau: "Relationships between neighbors are pretty complex — and we won't always agree on everything."

Trade between the U.S. and Canada

  • Trump: "It's a much less severe situation than what's taking place on the southern border."
  • Trudeau: "We know that by working together — by ensuring the continued integration of our two economies — we will be continuing to create good opportunities for the middle class."

Refugees and security

  • Trump: "We want to have to have a big beautiful, open door, but we cannot have the wrong people come in."
  • Trudeau: "The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves."

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  2. Politics: Azar says deadly Capitol siege could "tarnish" Trump administration's legacy — Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.
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America is anxious, angry and heavily armed

Data: FBI; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Firearms background checks in the U.S. hit a record high in 2020.

The big picture: This past year took our collective arsenal to new heights, with millions of Americans buying guns for the first time. That trend coincides with a moment of peak political and social tension.

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America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.