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  1. After four phone calls with other world leaders, Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that "this was the worst call by far," ending the call about 35 minutes early, according to the Washington Post.
  2. Trump threatened to use military force with Mexico if President Peña Nieto didn't get rid of the "bad hombres" in his country, and said he wasn't afraid to send in troops, per AP. The White House and Mexico have denied it.
  3. The administration is revamping a policy designed to fight extremism, per Reuters. Instead of attacking many dangerous ideologies, it will now focus exclusively on radical Islam.
  4. Earlier today the Trump Administration put Iran on notice for a ballistic missile test it conducted this weekend, in alleged violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution. Mike Flynn made a special appearance at the WH press briefing.
  5. And yesterday, reporters surfaced audio of Steve Bannon saying last year that war with China is likely to happen: "We're going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren't we?"
  6. New U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Trump will usher in a new era, and that they're "taking names."

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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.

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Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.