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From left: James Comey, President Trump, John Brennan. Photos: Getty Images

The media firestorm that is surrounding the leaked excerpts of former FBI Director James Comey's new book has led to a war of words between the nation's former intelligence officials and the White House.

Quick hits: Comey said Trump is "untethered to the truth" and compared him to a mob boss. Trump called Comey a "weak and untruthful slime ball." And former CIA Director John Brennan told Trump his "kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey."

  • James Comey, in his forthcoming book,"A Higher Loyalty": He says Trump is consumed by political appearance, unethical, and runs a toxic White House unlike anything he's seen before.
  • Trump, on Twitter this morning: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. ... He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and... untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI ... It was my great honor to fire James Comey!"
  • John Brennan, replying to the president on Twitter: "Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey. ... we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived."
    • Note: "A kakistocracy is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens."

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
16 hours ago - Economy & Business

The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.