Monday's Morning Email: Trump Wants To Cut Russia Sanctions In Return For Nuclear Arms Deal

And he called NATO "obsolete."


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DONALD TRUMP: NATO IS ‘OBSOLETE’ “U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he told The Times of London.” He also went on to stress that while NATO is important to him, he believes only five countries “are paying what they’re supposed to.” [Reuters]

HUNDREDS RALLY TO PROTEST POTENTIAL LOSS OF OBAMACARE Across the country Sunday. This local news segment highlights one such rally in Colorado. Over the weekend, Trump vowed there would be “insurance for everybody” in an interview with The Washington Post. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

TRUMP’S TWEETS ABOUT JOHN LEWIS DIDN’T GO OVER WELL Here’s a sampling of the reaction. Mike Pence and Reince Preibus pushed back, saying Lewis shouldn’t have questioned the legitimacy of the election. Take a look at what this all means for Trump’s relationship with the African American community. And here are the other Democratic lawmakers boycotting Trump’s inauguration. [Paige Lavender, HuffPost]

THE D.C. NEIGHBORHOOD THE OBAMAS, IVANKA TRUMP AND JEFF BEZOS PLAN TO CALL HOME We have a feeling neighborhood potlucks may be slightly awkward affairs. [WaPo]

SOUTH KOREAN SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WANTS A WARRANT FOR THE HEAD OF SAMSUNG “South Korea’s special prosecutor on Mondaysought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country’s largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye.” [Reuters]

ONE OF THE FBI’S TEN MOST WANTED FUGITIVES HAS BEEN CAPTURED Terry Strickland was wanted for a double homicide. [CNN]

IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY Take a listen or read through the full transcript of his “I Have a Dream” speech. [NPR]


IN CLEARLY THE BIGGEST NEWS ITEM OF THE WEEKEND Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s girlfriend, met Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte ― the British press just upped the wedding odds by quite a bit. [People]

SO MUCH FOR TRIPS TO THE CIRCUS The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting down in May after 146 years. We need some peanuts to cope. [HuffPost]

AT LEAST WE HAVE NETFLIX Whose stock, by the way, just hit an all-time high. Helps to have smash hits like “The Crown” and the “Gilmore Girls” revival. [Variety]


ABOUT ALL THOSE ‘MARK ZUCKERBERG FOR PRESIDENT’ RUMORS Those tend to happen when you surround yourself with top political operatives. [Vanity Fair]

SPEAKING OF ZUCKERBERG Meet the eight men who have more money than half the world. [HuffPost


~ Say goodbye to your brick-and-mortar American Apparel stores.

~ The teen who was allegedly kidnapped as an infant and raised by her kidnapper has been reunited with her biological family ― 18 years later.

~ BuzzFeed lays out all of the people the president-elect has attacked on Twitter since winning the election, as well as all the characters who make up “Trumpland​.”

~ Meet the man who “restores veterans’ lost dignity.”

~ Congrats to Jamie Bell and Kate Mara on their engagement.

~ A pendant found in a Nazi death camp has possible links to Anne Frank.

~ New York City killed 70,000 birds to protect flight paths.

~ Check out the 370 sister marches planned for the day after Trump’s inauguration.

~ “Hidden Figures” took the top spot at the box office.

~ Vice breaks down what would happen if the U.S. invaded Canada.