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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Do you want to apologize?" – Serena Williams, schooling a reporter who wasn't impressed with how she played at the Australian Open. He apologized. Right away.
Millions of people showed up in hundreds of cities and on every continent. They were there to defend women's rights, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights, to name a few – things they see as threatened under Trump's presidency. The protests were the largest inauguration-related demonstrations in US history. At first, Trump didn't seem too pleased, but he later said "peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy."
While this was going on, Trump took a trip to CIA HQ. The mission: hit 'reset' on his rocky relationship with US intelligence agencies. Trump told the CIA he has their back "1,000%." He also falsely blamed "dishonest" journalists for making up his feud with the intelligence community. And talked about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. He did this while standing in front of the CIA's memorial to fallen officers that the agency considers sacred. This rubbed some, including the former CIA director, the wrong way.
IS THAT ALL?
Not quite. On Saturday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the podium for the first time. He falsely claimed that the turnout at Trump's inauguration was the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period." Later, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway explained that Spicer's comment was based on "alternative facts." These were some of Spicer's first official remarks to reporters, and they were incorrect.
Trump's first day in office was marked by unprecedented global protests. And he and his team spent the time blaming the media for bad coverage. Not a great way to start.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S ABOUT TO INTERVIEW FOR HER DREAM JOB...
Game face on. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots have theirs on too. Yesterday, both teams won their NFL conference championships. Next stop: next month's Super Bowl. The Falcons are going to the big game for just second time after beating the Green Bay Packers. The Patriots are going to the big game for just, you know, the ninth time. Aka more than any other NFL team ever. They took down the Pittsburgh Steelers to make it happen. Unclear if staying up all night had anything to do with the Steelers' performance. Two athletes who aren't in a celebrating mood? Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber. Yesterday, both world no. 1 tennis pros were knocked out of the Australian Open before hitting the quarterfinals. Double fault.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING...
The weather channel. Over the weekend, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the south killed at least 18 people and injured dozens more. The twisters hit states like Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Dozens of homes were destroyed. And parts of Georgia and Florida are on high alert for more bad weather over the next few days.
WHAT TO SAY TO WHEN YOU FIND YOUR CO-WORKER STEALING SNACKS FROM THE OFFICE KITCHEN…
A little something for the road? Gambians are saying the same to their now-former president. Over the weekend, he agreed to step down. But not before stealing a LOT of state funds on the way out. Last month, Gambia (a small country in West Africa) held a presidential election. The president lost, after being in power for more than two decades and promising to rule for a "billion years." Surprise: he refused to step down, because he didn't trust the results. That's when a squad of West African countries said 'that's not how democracy works.' This group, which includes Gambia, works together on things like economic growth. And now apparently politics. Last week, their forces entered Gambia to pressure the president to step down. He said 'fiiiiine.' But then reportedly took off with millions in state funds and a few luxury cars. Going out with a bang.
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