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Reporters's hands shoot up for questions during a White House briefing. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

"It's absolutely laughable" to believe that Trump would run a campaign without the intention of winning, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, responding to a claim in Michael Wolff's new book that no one in the campaign wanted Trump to win. That's "one of the most ridiculous claims in the book," she said.

Another falsehood in the book is that Trump did not know who former House Speaker John Boehner was, Sanders added.

  • The West Wing cell phone ban has nothing to do with the publication of excerpts from the new book, Sanders told reporters.
  • Sanders called Wolff's book "some trash from an author no one has ever heard of before today."
  • The White House denied "at least two dozen" requests from Wolff to sit down with the president for his book, per Sanders.
  • Breitbart should "consider" parting ways with Bannon, Sanders said.
  • "The president absolutely believes in the First Amendment, but as we've said before, the president also believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact," Sanders said.
  • Is Gary Cohn on his way out? Sanders has "no reason to know of any personnel change."

One more thing: The briefing opened with a video message from Trump — unusual, as he presumably could have appeared in person — touting the tax cuts law.

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Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth-quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.

Janet Yellen plays down debt, tax hike concerns in confirmation hearing

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen at an event in December. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, pushed back against two key concerns from Republican senators at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday: the country's debt and the incoming administration's plans to eventually raise taxes.

Driving the news: Yellen — who's expected to win confirmation — said spending big now will prevent the U.S. from having to dig out of a deeper hole later. She also said the Biden administration's priority right now is coronavirus relief, not raising taxes.

Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"

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President Trump gave a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do — and so much more."

Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has refused to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration.