Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I., will cooperate with Russia inquiry
“Documents released as part of Mr. Flynn’s plea agreement show that his pre-inauguration discussions with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, about foreign policy were part of a coordinated effort by aides running Mr. Trump’s transition into the White House. In at least one instance, federal prosecutors say, Mr. Flynn was directed by a ‘very senior member’ of Mr. Trump’s presidential transition team.”
+1: If Flynn is small fry, who’s the bigger fish in Mueller’s net? – The Atlantic
+1: Obama warned Trump against hiring Mike Flynn – NBC News
2. Former Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun fired from Sportsnet over ‘inappropriate behaviour’
“Former Blue Jay and Sportsnet commentator Gregg Zaun has been fired by the broadcaster after several female employees came forward with allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
“Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet, said in a statement emailed to the Star on Thursday night that an unspecified number of women at Sportsnet complained about Zaun to management.
“‘After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately,’ Brace said in the statement.”
From Leah Finnegan: All the ills of the world are caused by violence against women: If women are not safe, a nation is not safe – The Outline
3. Trudeau government sets new record for vacant appointments
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has set a new record for the number of unfilled government appointments, with 594 jobs currently vacant or occupied by someone whose appointment is past its expiry date, according to an analysis by CBC News.
“A year after the Liberals assured Canadians their new open, merit-based appointment system was in place and would fix the problem, the government’s ability to make appointments is still plagued by backlogs and bureaucracy.”
– CBC News
4. 2018 will be the bad year
“America is behaving like a doomed and desperate convicted felon, holed up smoking as much crack as possible before we have to report to jail. ”
5. Can you tell which Larry David is older?
“Age creeps up on you slowly like, you know, some sort of slow creep. Unless you’re Larry David. You have to imagine his first words as a baby were used to complain about the temperature of soup. And he hit the comedy scene like a Sphynx cat: hairless and with eye problems. I’m saying he’s looked old for as long as we’ve known him.”