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HERE’S HOW TRUMP’S FIRST MONDAY PLAYED OUT The president issued a hiring freeze of federal workers, signed an anti-abortion executive order, pulled the U.S. out of the TPP trade deal and falsely claimed millions of “illegals” had cost him the popular vote. [Jennifer Bendery and Sam Stein, HuffPost]
‘EPA FREEZES GRANTS, TELLS EMPLOYEES NOT TO TALK ABOUT IT’ “Environmental Protection Agency staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency.” [Kate Sheppard, HuffPost]
MINNESOTA GOVERNOR COLLAPSES DURING STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS Mark Dayton started slurring his words and then slumped over during his speech. Aides are describing the incident as a fainting spell. [Reuters]
WE CAN’T GET OVER THESE SPECTACULAR PHOTOS FROM A NEW WEATHER SATELLITE Talk about jaw-dropping beauty. [Ryan Grenoble, HuffPost]
POPE FRANCIS WARNED AGAINST RISING POPULISM Using a Nazi Germany metaphor. [Steven Hoffer, HuffPost]
HOW INDIA’S CASH BAN IS HURTING THE POOR “Accustomed to hardship, many who lost employment were at first convinced by Mr. Modi’s speeches that their setbacks were transitory and, in the long run, would be worth the suffering. But as the crisis drags on, with no end in sight, some are growing frustrated, as they told us in a series of interviews at protests and at day labor gathering points.” [NYT]
MEET THE GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WHO HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING FOR 73 YEARS “Mary Bochanis, 92, is the Red Cross’ longest-serving volunteer, but she still makes it home to catch her soaps.” [HuffPost]
WE HAVE ALL THE FEELS OVER THE ‘STAR WARS’ EPISODE VIII TITLE We’ve already started hammering away on WHAT IT ALL MEANS. [HuffPost]
THE ‘SNL’ WRITER WHO TWEETED ABOUT BARRON TRUMP HAS BEEN SUSPENDED Katie Rich has since apologized for her commentary. Chelsea Clinton also spoke up on behalf of Barron, saying he deserves the chance to be a kid. [HuffPost]
PEPSI’S SUPER BOWL AD PUSH Is for fancy bottled water ― oh how the times have changed. [WSJ | Paywall]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CITIES RUN OUT OF MILLENNIALS Could we potentially get to an age where all the think pieces don’t blame millennials for everything? [NYT]
YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THE BABY’S BREATH That Kate and Pippa Middleton are rocking in these throwback bridesmaid photos. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ What happened when The Huffington Post tracked Islamophobia for a year.
~ Nearly half of men have this sexually transmitted infection.
~ NASA found the “Death Star” ― or at least a moon of Saturn that looks just like it.
~ This is pure clickbait for those that love Sterling K. Brown from “This is Us” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” And no one is mad.
~ In case it wasn’t clear, Justin Bieber is still not over Selena Gomez. He said he can’t listen to music by The Weeknd, who ― wait for it ― is now dating Gomez.
~ Check your fridge ― Sierra Nevada issued a select beer recall for 36 states.
~ Here’s your Tuesday motivational speech pick-me-up.
~ “A Dog’s Purpose” trainers are speaking out about that controversial video of Hercules, the German shepherd.
~ Compare what time you get to work with the average American (we’re obviously a bit on the early side).
~ Here’s what your birth order says about your love life (apparently we have a bit of a perfectionist tendency as the oldest in the family).