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President Trump was unhappy with First Lady Melania Trump after she turned her television on Air Force One to CNN, a network largely regarded as "fake news" by her husband, the New York Times' Katie Rogers and Maggie Haberman report.

Why it matters: This is further indication that Trump is "living in a world of selected information and bending the truth to his own narrative," Rogers and Haberman write.

  • He demanded that every overseas trip begin with Fox News; officials confirmed to one another internally, via an email obtained by the NYT, and mandated that having the TVs on Air Force One turned to Fox would be "standard operating procedure going forward."

The bottom line: In a time of increased criticismover his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and now a released recording of a private conversation with his former lawyer Michael Cohen — Trump continues to be "insulated from the outside world," Rogers and Haberman note.

Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, responded to the report this morning, telling CNN that the First Lady can watch "any channel she wants":

"Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS? Maybe you'd like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month," Grisham said. "Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news."

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China deems all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

A person walking past China's central bank in Beijing in August 2007. Photo: Teh Eng Koon/AFP via Getty Images

China's central bank declared on Friday that all cryptocurrencies are illegal, banning crypto-related transactions and cryptocurrency mining, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: China's government is now following through with its goal of cracking down on unofficial virtual currencies, which it has said are a financial, social and national security risk and a contributor to global warming.

Biden's big bet backfires

Two key dealmakers — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) — leave a luncheon in the Capitol yesterday. Photo: Kent Nishimura/L.A. Times via Getty Images

President Biden bit off too much, too fast in trying to ram through what would be the largest social expansion in American history, top Democrats privately say.

Why it matters: At the time Biden proposed it, he had his mind set on a transformational accomplishment that would put him in the pantheon of FDR and JFK.

Biden sinks in swing districts

Photo: Biden speaks about wild fires and climate change in Sacramento on September 13, 2021. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP via Getty Images

Sudden doubts about President Biden's competence — on Afghanistan, immigration and COVID — are driving double-digit drops in his approval in private polling in swing House seats, The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter writes.

Why it matters: "[T]hese early mistakes go directly to the very rationale of his presidency; that it would be low drama and high competence."