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Susan Walsh / AP

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been repeatedly attacked the last few weeks, as pro-Trump conservatives aren't convinced his views align with Trump's. But Trump has come to his defense as things got more intense — #FireMcMaster was trending on Twitter and many Russia-linked accounts and conservative websites, like Breitbart, have openly attacked him.

  • "General McMaster and I are working very well together," Trump told NYT in an emailed statement. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country."
  • McMaster has shaken up the National Security Council in the last few weeks, which has enraged Steve Bannon's supporters.
  • Bottom line: The attacks against McMaster have actually rallied the White House together — from Jared Kushner to top WH officials, everyone is, more or less, coming to McMaster's defense.

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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.

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When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

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.