airing informative TV ads on the cable news shows that seem to constitute the president’s primary source of intel. (Plan revealed at 21:20 in this video.)
■ Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Republican senators’ private doubts about Trump: “Some will say that he is not right mentally. And then some are harsher.”
■ Senior presidential policy adviser Stephen Miller: Trump’s national security decisions “will not be questioned.”
■ In Chicago, hundreds moon Trump Tower.
■ In Terre Haute, Ind.: “He’s done more in the two weeks he’s been president than the other president did in eight years.”
■ Scott Baio to Nordstrom: Never again.
■ On Saturday Night Live’s highest-rated episode in more than six years, Michael Che asked Trump: “Is this really the way you want to spend the last two years of your life?”
The president’s Instagram account marked his predecessor’s birthday by posting a quote wrongly attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
■ The first U.S. Education Department tweet under new Secretary Betsy DeVos misspelled the name of civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. And the correction had a mistake, too.
■ A glaring typo mars the official Trump inauguration poster.
STOPPED IN CHICAGO. Chicago police stopped far fewer people on the streets in 2016 than they did in 2015, the Sun-Times’ Mick Dumke reports. But the vast majority of those stopped were African-Americans—even though African-Americans were no more likely than others to be carrying weapons or drugs.
■ Two Chicago girls, ages 11 and 12, are on life-support after being shot over the weekend.
the first artist to win for a streaming-only album.
■ Quartz: Why he gives his music away for free.
■ The Grammys broadcast mostly avoided politics … until A Tribe Called Quest took the stage.
A.K.A.: YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. Billionaire Elon Musk—the man behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX—tells the World Government Summit in Dubai humanity must merge with machines or become irrelevant in the age of artificial intelligence.