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President Trump held a 77-minute impromptu press conference yesterday in which he bashed the media, touted his election win and called his administration a “fine-tuned machine.” Analysts have described the event as “unhinged,” “wild” and “crazy.” Decide for yourself: FULL TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO
“It was an airing of grievances. It was Festivus.” – CNN’s Jake Tapper
Here are some of the more controversial and newsworthy moments:
On the travel ban: “We’re issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country.” Trump says the order will be worded to get around a recent court decision to block his ban. LA TIMES
On how he plans to address a rise in anti-Semitic incidents: Trump called the question “insulting” and told the reporter to sit down. “So here’s the story, folks. No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism. The least racist person.” Then he seemed to insinuate Democrats were really behind some of the anti-Semitic incidents. THE ATLANTIC
On whether he plans to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus: Trump asked April Ryan, the African-American reporter who asked the question, “Do you want to set up the meeting?… Are they friends of yours? Set up a meeting…. I would love to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus, I think it’s great.” WATCH
OVERHEARD: “This is the longest SNL cold open ever.”
Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down President Trump’s offer to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser. Harward, a former Navy SEAL, reportedly had described the job as a “$hit sandwich.” CNN
A major storm is about to slam California with up to six inches of rain plus heavy winds. The storm could spark mudslides and power outages and create more problems at the Oroville Dam. LA TIMES
SNAP: Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., has priced shares for its IPO between $14 and $16– which could value the company at well over $20 billion, making it the biggest tech IPO in years. Snap will trade at the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker SNAP. TECHCRUNCH
Hopefully it won’t crackle and pop. #DadJoke
GOOSE: Canada Goose filed for an IPO in both the U.S. and Canada. Canada Goose has retail stores in Toronto and New York City and wants to open in more locations. Here are “7 things we learned about Canada Goose” from its IPO: CNBC
We have a better chance of affording the stock than the jacket.
Researchers say brain scans can detect autism in babies before age one with about 80% accuracy. More research is needed, but experts say this paves the way for treating autism in children before symptoms appear. NBC NEWS
Wireless carriers are trying to one-up each other to win customers. Sprint says it will now include HD video streaming in its $90/month, five-line unlimited data plan. T-Mobile also upped its $70/month unlimited plan to include HD video. The price war started on Sunday when Verizon rolled out an $80/month unlimited plan. USA TODAY
And at the center of the whole wireless love triangle, this guy…
The NFL and CBS are talking about how shorten football games after ratings went down this season. CBS CEO Les Moonves said, “We’re all looking at how the product can be more efficient, possibly speeding up the games… So we’re looking at some reformat ideas. Obviously, we’re not planning on cutting advertising.” CNN MONEY
Please kill the Thursday night game. Our wives can’t take it. Our husbands can’t take it. None of our fantasy players even score on Thursdays.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged by Pittsburgh police with aggravated assault, robbery, terroristic threats and conspiracy after allegedly knocking out two men in a street fight. His attorney says he’s trying to get Revis to turn himself in. ESPN
Revis Island, meet Rikers Island.
Selena Gomez and Kygo are out with a new breakup song. Gomez used to date Justin Bieber and is now rumored to be with The Weeknd. One lyric: “I’ll take with me the Polaroids and the memories, but you know I’m going to leave behind the worst of us.” LISTEN
She obviously didn’t write this song. No way Selena (or Bieber) has ever taken a Polaroid picture. Way too young. (If she DID write it, we respect the throwback.)
The Great Wall. PG-13. Action. Stars Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe. European mercenaries must help defend the Great Wall of China against monstrous creatures. REVIEW
Fist Fight. R. Comedy. Stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan. When one school teacher gets a colleague fired, he’s challenged to an after-school fight. REVIEW
A Cure for Wellness. R. Horror. Stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth. A man discovers a mysterious “wellness center” whose miraculous treatments may not be what they seem. REVIEW
Monopoly is getting rid of the thimble game piece after voters weighed in and gave it the boot. There are eight finalists to replace it, including a hashtag, an emoji and a rubber ducky. ENGADGET
This is not your parents’ Monopoly. Next edition: the hotels are boutique hotels, Park Place is Williamsburg, and the car is self-driving and energy-efficient.
Congress voted to repeal an Obama-era rule that would have prevented about 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to buy guns. The rule was part of Obama’s effort to strengthen federal background checks on gun sales following the Sandy Hook massacre that killed 20 children and six adults. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. WASHINGTON POST
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President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had their first meeting at the White House. Trump told Netanyahu to “hold off” on building Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, that he’d like to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem but is studying the issue, and that he’d be open to alternatives other than a two-state solution. Here’s a transcript and analysis: READ IT
Politics aside, whoopsie. First Lady Melania Trump accidentally touched Sara Netanyahu’s tush: SEE PIC
A Russian spy ship is now 30 miles south of Connecticut, where a U.S. Navy submarine base is located. Technically, the submarine is in international waters. Last week several Russian planes buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea. CBS NEWS
And Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings were spotted eating dinner at Applebee’s on Dupont Circle. #TheAmericans
Trump’s controversial pick to head the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration. Republicans and Democrats had concerns about Puzder, including his failure to pay taxes on a former housekeeper in the country illegally. Also, a tape emerged of his ex-wife on a 1990 episode of Oprah– wearing a disguise and accusing him of beating her. Here’s the “tale of the tape”: POLITICO