•JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement.Trump is widely expected to be more sympathetic to Israel's settlement policies than the fiercely critical Obama administration, and has also vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem. Israel's nationalist government has welcomed the prospective change in policy, but it also risks igniting Palestinian or even regional unrest.
•WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's opening work day offered a look at his tricky balancing act between American businesses and the working-class voters who propelled his march to the White House.The name of the game, Trump tweeted before dawn: "Jobs."
•US authorities have seized $20m (£16m) in cash discovered in a bed frame under a mattress in a Massachusetts flat.The cash is believed to be linked to a $1bn pyramid scheme involving TelexFree, a company that claimed to provide internet phone services.
Investigators uncovered the cash while following a Brazilian man, who was charged in connection to the haul.
Federal prosecutors say the defunct company swindled almost a million people worldwide out of about $1bn.
•Anecdotal: Bosoms have blossomed under the Trump insurgency. Has anything improved or declined?
•Donald Trump is now president. This challenges many of us, not least members of the press. Countless reporters are still shaken and stunned by how he singled out a CNN reporter, one of the most respected news outlets in the world, to attack and humiliate him during his first press conference since winning the elections. Worryingly, none of his fellow journalists in the room stood up for him at the time. This wasn’t Trump’s first attack on the press, and it certainly won’t be his last. The first White House press briefing, held on Saturday, featured bullying, threats and unproven claims. That is why a new level of solidarity and cooperation is needed among the fourth estate.The news media have not got the courage of their own alleged convictions. To defend the republic and its people is popular right up to the moment when it is called into action. So, in one sense, Donald Trump is not so wrong ... which is not the same as saying Donald Trump is right.
All of this scatter-gun info tickles down on the barn roof. Is anything happening? I suppose Netanyahu is that much closer to coronation.