Trump just dismissed the people who make sure our nukes work—and don't blow us all up
Gizmodo's Ashley Feinberg reports that most administrations wait until replacements can be found before letting go the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration—but not Trump.
A number of journalists, including Philadelphia Magazine's Dan McQuade and VICE's Noah Kulwin pulled out the following quote given to Feinberg by her source:
“I’m more and more coming around to the idea that we’re so very very fucked.”
"Actual quote," adds MTV News' Inkoo Kang, in case it's still difficult for you to believe that someone in our own government is facing down the abyss with such dire hopelessness.
"Purging the opposition, even the ones in charge of the world-ending bombs," is how Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham characterizes the move.
Thrillist's Matt Patches weighs in: "Is there a sensible reason for Trump to do this? Or does he only hear Bannon mumbling 'burn it down!' in his ear?"
And finally, here's Gizmodo's Shep McAllister feeling particularly apocalyptic about the news: "Exclusive to Gizmodo: We’re all going to die."
...But at least we'll still look fabulous
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump bragged that his inauguration would be so well-attended that "all the dress shops are sold out in Washington."
Well, the dress shops have spoken and, according to Racked's Eliza Brooke, you can in fact still buy a dress in Washington, DC. Dresspocalypse averted! (Real apocalypse? Pending).
"Don't worry @realDonaldTrump, there are actually a TON of dresses left in DC," tweets Racked's Annemarie Dooling.
Elsewhere, BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner has some fun rewriting the story's headline in NYC tabloid style: "DRESSED DOWN: Trump DC Dress Claim Debunked!"
Meryl Vs Donald
In case you somehow missed it, Meryl Streep delivered an impassioned speech at the Golden Globes last night which, without mentioning Trump's name, was highly critical of the president-elect's lack of class in mocking a disabled New York Times reporter. So the Times' Patrick Healy called up Trump on the phone aronud midnight last night to ask for a response—and Trump picked up.
"Trump said he is 'not surprised' that 'liberal movie people' like 'Hillary-lover' Meryl Streep criticized him," tweets Healy's colleague Liam Stack.
But it's not the content of Trump's response that surprised most journalists.
"So @patrickhealynyt called Trump to find out what he thought of Meryl Streep's speech and he picked up the phone," tweets the New York Times' Danielle Mattoon.
Christopher Ortiz of Albuquerque Business First, however, was troubled by the whole exchange, tweeting. "TRUMP, too busy to talk about how he’s stepping away from his businesses, or what he knows about Russia that we don't, has time to talk about Meryl."
In other news:
JOB ALERT! "WaPo just announced eight positions open for its new rapid response investigative team," tweets Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post.
"In 2015 there were 13K gun homicides throughout the US, but 1/2 of those deaths were in just 127 cities," tweets Nick Heynen of the Wisconsin State Journal, linking to what the Guardian's Lois Beckett calls "groundbreaking analysis" from her colleagues Aliza Aufrichtig, Jan Diehm, and Jamiles Lartey titled, "Want to fix gun violence in America? Go local."
"The Meryl effect on journos," tweets TIME's Ashley Hoffman, linking to Poynter's article on how the Committee to Protect Journalists received a spike in donations following Meryl Streep's speech in defense of journalists at the Golden Globes.
CNN's Sara Murray reports that Jared Kushner, publisher of the New York Observer and Trump's son-in-law, will be named a senior adviser to the president-elect. "Testing anti-nepotism laws," adds Bloomberg's Tim O'Brien.
Michael Phillips and Gordon Lubold of The Wall Street Journal report on what The Council of Foreign Relations' Micah Zenko calls the "increasing likelihood of [an] unintentional US-Russia accident over Syria."
And finally, check out Matt Leone's two-years-in-the-making oral history of the classic video game Final Fantasy 7 at Polygon, which The New Yorker's Adrian Chen calls "incredible."