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Donald Trump has never been shy about opining from his Twitter account, aka his bully pulpit. His salvos Tuesday morning came after House Republicans made gutting an independent ethics watchdog one of their first priorities of the new year. Trump slammed the timing in two tweets. Hours later, House Republicans scrapped the plan. Also on Tuesday, Trump threatened General Motors with “a big border tax” for selling Mexican-made Chevy Cruzes in the U.S. A short time later, Ford announced it would cancel plans for a $1.6 billion Mexico plant and would instead expand its operations in Michigan. Coincidence? Perhaps, but Trump has long been a critic of Ford’s production in Mexico. As incoming congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said: “Never underestimate the power of a Donald Trump tweet.”
- In related news, in his first speech as Senate minority leader, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said “America cannot afford a Twitter presidency” and vowed that Democrats will hold Trump accountable for keeping his promise to create jobs
- In case you were wondering, it sounds as if both Hillary and Bill Clinton will attend this month’s inauguration
The House Republicans dropped the proposal to limit an independent watchdog branch that investigates lawmakers. Trump tweeted it’s not the right time. USA TODAY NETWORK
Megyn Kelly rings in 2017 with a new job at a new network
Goodbye, Fox News. Hello NBC News. Megyn Kelly, who anchored The Kelly File since 2013, delivered top ratings while playing a prominent role in the 2016 presidential election. She repeatedly sparred with candidate Donald Trump, punctuated by a contentious showdown at the first Republican, debate, in which she confronted him about his insulting remarks about women. Late last year, Kelly gave an exclusive interview to USA TODAY’s Rick Hampson and described her scary, bullying “Year of Trump” and her stand against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. It’s a must-read. In case you missed it, here are 10 people who shook up the media last year.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly went one-on-one with USA TODAY and talked about a whole range of issues, including Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election. USA TODAY
No. 1 new year’s resolution: Being a better person
Happy 2017, y’all. Time to make those promises for the year ahead, if you haven’t already. About 44% of Americans said they were making at least one new year’s resolution, according to a national Marist Poll out last month. After that … er, raucous, election season and lots of social media squabbles, being a better person topped the list. It just so happens that kindness will be the theme of Sesame Street when its new season premieres this weekend. How timely. If you haven’t made your resolutions yet, here’s how to make some that will stick.
The robots are no longer coming … they’re here and they are adorable
Robots are invading Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Tuesday with more than 25 exhibitors showcasing home personal assistants. One cutie: Kuri, the $699 home robot from Mayfield Robotics — basically an Amazon Echo, with wheels, that can do all the things Alexa or Google Home can do now but also more. Like use its built-in 1080p camera to take videos of your cat when you aren’t there. Elsewhere at CES, look for big innovations in cars and televisions (and hey, follow our coverage!) The trade show floor opens Thursday.
New at CES 2017 – a new kind of personal robot, Kuri, from Mayfield Robotics. Jefferson Graham previews on #TalkingTech.
We’re still processing everything that happened with college football this weekend
Quick summary from the many bowl games this weekend: Alabama and Clemson emerged the victors of the college football playoff semifinals. The nitty gritty: Clemson dealt Ohio State a brutal beating to win the Fiesta Bowl and Buckeye fans just cannot even talk about it. Alabama, meanwhile, did what they always do and won the Peach Bowl 24-7 over Washington. But here’s the twist: Lane Kiffin, who has a history of, ahem, awkward exits, will not be on the sidelines as offensive coordinator. The decision was billed as mutual between Kiffin and Alabama head coach Nick Saban, but who knows. Florida Atlantic-bound Kiffin said Tuesday that he could have coached the game if he wanted to. Either way, it’s a risky move for Alabama with a national championship less than a week away.
ICMYI: Here’s what Mariah Carey’s team has to say about that fiasco in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Pop diva Mariah Carey is making headlines again, this time an epic fail during a live NYE performance on ABC. USA TODAY
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