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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Trump moved a speech planned for Israel's Masada, a mountaintop fortress, after being told he couldn't land his helicopter at the top, per Newsweek. The Israeli Air Force enacted a regulation in the 1990's that bans landing atop the mountain because of potential wind and dust damage to the ancient ruins.

Other ways to reach the 1,300 ft peak:

  • Cable Car - This would take about 3 minutes, and is the fastest route up.
  • Snake Path - This hike wraps around the eastern side of the mountain, and can take upwards of two hours.
  • Roman Ramp - This shorter, yet steeper, option is accessible on the western side of the mountain.

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both took the cable car on visits to Masada. Trump will instead speak at the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem.

One odd thing: Six years ago, Trump inquired about holding a Miss Universe pageant on Masada, according to Israeli press reports.

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The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.