Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot
“President Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil interfaith prayer service, when the flashes of anger began to build.
“Trump turned on the television to see a jarring juxtaposition — massive demonstrations around the globe protesting his day-old presidency and footage of the sparser crowd at his inauguration, with large patches of white empty space on the Mall.
“As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was still unpacking boxes in his spacious new West Wing office, Trump grew increasingly and visibly enraged.”
2. Trudeau Cabinet cheers Trump’s Keystone XL decisions
“Donald Trump has given the green light to the Keystone XL pipeline project, breathing new life into a project that was long thought dead, but a series of new demands from the U.S. president could lead to headaches for the Liberal government in Ottawa.
“Cabinet ministers assembled for a cabinet retreat in Calgary welcomed Trump’s decision Tuesday, calling his executive order a boon for Canadian jobs and government coffers.”
– CBC News
3. Kevin O’Leary wants us to share his cynicism about politics
“What’s been talked about less, certainly with regards to O’Leary, is his immediate exploitation of cynicism. O’Leary, like Trump, flatters the electorate in the worst way, by reassuring everyone that all the most negative beliefs we have about politics and politicians are correct. That they are all motivated wholly by self-interest. That they are all just in it to win. That they are all liars.
“And, most crucially, they aim to convince us that there is nothing to be done about any of it, other than joining in the cynicism.”
4. Mark Zuckerberg say he’s not running for president
“The clues were there. Zuckerberg, who had previously been described as an atheist, said over the holidays that he believes religion is important. He’s touring the US asking “folks” about how they live. He hired a former White House photographer to take his Facebook pics. He included a clause about potentially serving for office into Facebook’s stock restructuring deal, and he hired a former presidential campaign manager to help his quasi-charitable works. But as Zuckerberg indicated Tuesday, he’s more interested in wielding influence from Menlo Park than Washington, DC. A source close to Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed News the 32-year-old CEO has privately denied it as well.”
5. Paris Jackson thinks her father Michael was murdered
“‘Absolutely,’ she says. ‘Because it’s obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bullshit.'”