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President Trump with Spanish President Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

President Trump said he was not preoccupied with the NFL's national anthem protests over the weekend while Puerto Rico is still reeling from Hurricane Maria, calling his anthem tweets "an important function of working." He was asked about his focus on both issues during a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today.

The full quote: "I wasn't preoccupied with the NFL, I was ashamed with what was taking place, I think it was a very important moment…I have plenty of time on my hands, all I do is work. To be honest with you, that's an important function of working. It's called respect for our country…We are totally focused on [Puerto Rico] but at the same time it doesn't take me a long time to put out a 'wrong.'"

Other key quotes:

  • Difficulties in Puerto Rico: "It's out in the ocean, you can't just drive your trucks there from other states...This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean. This is tough stuff."
  • North Korea: "We are totally prepared for [a military] option, not a preferred option. But if we take that option, it'll be devastating — devastating — for North Korea."
  • On Catalonia's independence: "I think Spain is a great country and it should remain united."

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Crypto leads to massive surge in online scams

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Bogus cryptocurrency investments led to an unprecedented increase in online scams last year, according to new data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Why it matters: Cryptocurrency is an easy target because while it's surging in popularity, there's still a lot of confusion about how it works.

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New clues emerge on long COVID

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The presence of certain autoantibodies or high amounts of coronavirus RNA in the blood could be indicators a patient has a higher chance of developing long COVID, according to a new study in the journal Cell.

  • Other factors include a person having Type 2 diabetes or the reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus.

Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."