TRUMP OFFERS RETIRED GENERAL MIKE FLYNN POSITION AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER The job means that Flynn would be Trump’s safeguard in final decisions about encounters in the South China Sea or flyovers with Russia. Take a look at the retired three-star general’s controversial remarks during the campaign, which included defending the Muslim ban proposal and waterboarding. Trump has also offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the nation’s top law enforcement officer. John Bolton and Mitt Romney are the top contenders for secretary of state. [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
TRUMP CLAIMS CREDIT FOR KEEPING FORD PLANT FROM CLOSING IN KENTUCKY Only problem? The plant was never closing. [Arthur Delaney, HuffPost]
JAPANESE-AMERICAN LAWMAKERS CALL ON TRUMP TO DENOUNCE INTERNMENT CAMP COMMENTS FROM SUPPORTER And to condemn the suggestion to return to “one of the darkest chapters in American history.” [Carla Herreria, HuffPost]
THE NORTH POLE IS 36 DEGREES WARMER THAN IT SHOULD BE RIGHT NOW 36 degrees. [WaPo]
THE PIRATES OF THE AMAZON Attacks in the Brazilian region are on the rise thanks to warring drug gangs. [NYT]
BEING FORCED TO PARENT WITH YOUR RAPIST Seven states lack laws that protect rape victims from custody battles. [CNN]
COULD THIS BE THE HIV VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH? “Scientists have discovered an antibody that can powerfully neutralize many variants of the most common strain of HIV, opening up a door for researchers to explore treatment and prevention options for the potentially fatal virus.” [Anna Almendrala, HuffPost]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MIAMI BEACH RUNS OUT OF SAND? “The real endangered species on the coast of the US isn’t the piping plover or the loggerhead sea turtle. It’s an unengineered beach.” [The Verge]
WE FINALLY SAW THE FIRST FULL TRAILER FOR NETFLIX’S ‘A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS’ And we could not be more ecstatic for vocabulary lessons and oh so many scenes of Neil Patrick Harris in disguise. [HuffPost]
HOLD THE MIC We might be getting a “Wedding Crashers 2.” [PopSugar]
HERE’S WHAT IT TAKES TO BUY A HOUSE IN 27 CITIES Further proving St. Louis and Pittsburgh are superior. [HuffPost]
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET APPEARS TO ALSO HAVE THOUGHT HILLARY WAS GOING TO WIN Based on this inaugural dress collection. [HuffPost]
HAPPY FRIDAY Here’s a polar bear petting his dog friend. It’s everything we all need right now. That and watching highlights of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series on repeat, but that might be for a more limited audience than polar bears. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ According to the Feds, the barriers for Harambe’s exhibit were “substandard.”
~ Kanye West announced in concert that had he voted, it would havebeen for Trump.
~ Congressman John Conyers’ son has been found safe in Texas.
~ Vanity Fair has compiled a gif slideshow of your favorite TV couple kisses over the last 20 years, and it’s something.
~ What the what? Luke was originally supposed to be a woman on “Gilmore Girls”?
~ Marilyn Monroe’s JFK birthday dress sold for $4.8 million.
~ Why some women are micro-dosing on LSD.
~ These Texas cops are handing out turkeys instead of tickets.
~ Forget just opening up your homes: Airbnb will offer curated trips and experiences to travelers for its “second act.”
~ Folks are crazy about the Snapchat Spectacles launch.
~ The history behind the, well, crowns in “The Crown.”