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President Trump is up early tweeting this Saturday morning, and he's going after one reporter in particular: ABC News' Brian Ross, who previously misreported a story that Trump, as a presidential candidate, instructed Michael Flynn to set up a meeting with the Russians during the election. It wasn't until Trump was president-elect that he reportedly asked Flynn, his national security adviser, to do this.

Why it matters: This is the third time in recent months the president or the White House has publicly called for a journalist to be fired. And that further escalates his repeated attempts to discredit the entirety of the media, which he does in ways from attacking them to calling on them to lose their job.

Context:

Sarah Sanders, who speaks on behalf of the president, said that the tweets about Trump by ESPN's Jemele Hill were "a fireable offense." And in December, he tweeted that Washington Post's Dave Weigel "should be fired" after he mistakenly tweeted out an incorrect photo of what he thought was a Trump rally, but wasn't.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

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Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.

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The German government has urged members of Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing that doing so will "weaken" U.S. credibility and "ultimately damage transatlantic unity," according to documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: At a time when roughly 100,000 Russian troops are massing at its border, Ukraine views Nord Stream 2 as an existential threat to its security. The pipeline would circumvent Ukrainian transit infrastructure and deliver Russian gas directly to Germany, eliminating one of the last deterrents Ukraine has against an invasion.