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Good morning, it’s Sunday, 7 January 2018 and this is an abbreviated Morning Edition of The Nightshift (the Media Bunker staff is taking an extended weekend off).
Welcome to 2018.
The fallout over Michael Wolff’s knife-in-the-face book, “Fire and Fury:Inside the Trump Whitehouse” continues. Wolff is all over the media and his book has became the center of a major national debate–now intensifying–about the President’s mental and emotional fitness for office. This has resulted in a Sunday morning round of Trump loyalists and paid spokespeople appearing on all of the political talk shows to talk about Trump’s presidency and his “suitability” to lead the nation. You can, however, rest easy because despite almost everyone in the book describing Trump as “intellectually challenged” ( to be very polite), one person has come forth to defend him, most emphatically: Donald Trump. President Trump said that “Like, I’m really smart… A very stable genius”. So there. That settles it. Nothing to see here. Move on.
In other political news, the President and a select group of cabinet members and advisors are huddling this weekend at the Presidential retreat at Camp David. No word yet on what plans they’re developing. They’re probably all reading Michael Wolff’s book and tidying up their resumes.
Still cold and still frozen in the Northeast United States. Snow happens.
In the NFL playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons beat the young-team-on-the-way up Los Angeles Rams 26 to 13 and the Tennessee Titans topped the Kansas City Chiefs 22 to 21. Today, the Buffalo Bills play the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers take on the New Orleans Saints. One more thing: don’t believe the stories about a massive rift between the triumvirate that makes the Patriots the most dominating team in pro football. At least don’t believe them until after the season.
Today is National Bobblehead Day. And don’t shake your head at those who collect bobbleheads–it’s a hot thing.
What we’re listening to in the Media Bunker: The First Day compilation on Spotify.
The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below.
Please check out the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s below at the end of the links.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
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