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Trump speaking at World Economic Forum. Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jinquan via Getty Images

Imagine a world without Twitter and "Fox & Friends." Imagine a more restrained President Trump, like we saw onstage in Davos — sans the impulsive and offensive rants against Muslims, immigrants and women.

Be smart: Everything from the 2018 elections to potential impeachment proceedings will be determined by the clash of the two Trump shows.  

We might be talking about a resurgent Golden Age for America:

  • Record low unemployment.
  • Economic growth here and abroad.
  • Economic optimism so strong that Democrats feel better about the economy than they did during the Obama years.
  • Employers handing out bonuses, pay raises and new benefits, thanks to a new spirit of America First for our economy.
  • Companies bringing back jobs and money too long parked overseas.
  • Bank forecasters say a robust 4% growth is possible.

Alas, the other Trump show runs just as hot, often blotting out the other: Special counsel Robert Mueller is picking up more and more evidence of obstruction, with the case looking increasingly ominous — and broad — for POTUS.

  • "At least half a dozen times, President Trump by his actions has invited scrutiny for possible obstruction of justice in the Russia probe." (L.A. Times)
  • "Congressional Democrats ... demanded that lawmakers act to protect ... Mueller ... after revelations President Trump sought to oust him." (WashPost)
  • Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of Senate Intelligence: "[F]iring the Special Counsel is a red line that the President cannot cross."
  • "[T]here is likely little that Mueller doesn’t already know about events in the White House. More than 20 White House employees have given interviews to the special counsel's team."(AP)
  • Jeffrey Toobin, for The New Yorker: "Trump’s position looks perilous ... The portrait is of a President using every resource at his disposal to shut down an investigation — of Trump himself. And now it has become clear that Trump’s own White House counsel rebelled at the President’s rationale for his actions."
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Ben Geman, author of Generate
7 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

Updated 9 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.