Exclusive: We're All Going to Die
Trump just dismissed the people who make sure our nukes work—and don't blow us all up
“I’m more and more coming around to the idea that we’re so very very fucked.”
And finally, here's Gizmodo's Shep McAllister feeling particularly apocalyptic about the news: "Exclusive to Gizmodo: We’re all going to die."
...But at least we'll still look fabulous
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump bragged that his inauguration would be so well-attended that "all the dress shops are sold out in Washington."
Meryl Vs Donald
In case you somehow missed it, Meryl Streep delivered an impassioned speech at the Golden Globes last night which, without mentioning Trump's name, was highly critical of the president-elect's lack of class in mocking a disabled New York Times reporter. So the Times' Patrick Healy called up Trump on the phone aronud midnight last night to ask for a response—and Trump picked up.
But it's not the content of Trump's response that surprised most journalists.
Christopher Ortiz of Albuquerque Business First, however, was troubled by the whole exchange, tweeting. "TRUMP, too busy to talk about how he’s stepping away from his businesses, or what he knows about Russia that we don't, has time to talk about Meryl."
In other news:
"In 2015 there were 13K gun homicides throughout the US, but 1/2 of those deaths were in just 127 cities," tweets Nick Heynen of the Wisconsin State Journal, linking to what the Guardian's Lois Beckett calls "groundbreaking analysis" from her colleagues Aliza Aufrichtig, Jan Diehm, and Jamiles Lartey titled, "Want to fix gun violence in America? Go local."
"The Meryl effect on journos," tweets TIME's Ashley Hoffman, linking to Poynter's article on how the Committee to Protect Journalists received a spike in donations following Meryl Streep's speech in defense of journalists at the Golden Globes.
CNN's Sara Murray reports that Jared Kushner, publisher of the New York Observer and Trump's son-in-law, will be named a senior adviser to the president-elect. "Testing anti-nepotism laws," adds Bloomberg's Tim O'Brien.
Michael Phillips and Gordon Lubold of The Wall Street Journal report on what The Council of Foreign Relations' Micah Zenko calls the "increasing likelihood of [an] unintentional US-Russia accident over Syria."