NORTH CAROLINA. Ousted Governor and HB 2 super-proponent Pat McCrory “definitely” has a place in the Trump administration: “’They’re definitely going to take care of him,’ said the source, who asked not to be named because he’s not authorized to speak for the transition. McCrory met with Trump last week at Trump Tower in New York City. The day before, he’d met backstage with Trump during the president-elect’s thank-you rally in Fayetteville.
THEATRE. Jake Gyllenhaal to hit Broadway in musical Sunday in the Park with George: “The show will play at New York City’s Hudson Theatre, beginning on February 11, 2017. It will run for a 10 week engagement.”
NORMALIZATION. Bill Gates compares Trump to JFK: “But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,” Gates continued, “I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation.”
CLAP BACK. Lady Gaga will do interview with Piers Morgan, who said he didn’t believe she has PTSD: “if you continue to shame me in the process of kindly agreeing to interview w/ u I’ll happily do the interview with someone else.”
OKAY, GIRL. Rudy Giuliani says he turned down two cabinet-level jobs in the Trump administration (neither of which were Sec’y of State): “He declined to name the positions but acknowledged to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that those two “very high” positions did not include the top job at State. Giuliani had been an early contender for that post, and was unusually public about his attempt to court it, but the transition team said last week that he was no longer in the running.”
OHIO. Governor John Kasich signs law banning abortion at 20 weeks: “The Ohio Republican also vetoed a bill that would have banned the practice at 6 weeks, a point when many who would have conceived don’t even know that they are pregnant. Both bills are designed to limit women’s right to choose, and, according to the ACLU, both are unconstitutional.”
WET WHITE BUTTON UP CONTEST. Ryan Gosling goes swimming with his clothes on–but at least they’re partially see-through.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? White supremacists don’t like being called what they are: “Some Trump supporters, like a college Republican featured in The New York Times, have expressed outrage at Clinton supporters who feel scared and sad. A white supremacist featured in the LA Times, describes being on ‘an emotional high’ since the election and explains that he actually considers terms like ‘racist’ to be ‘antiwhite hate speech.’ A KKK-member describes how and why he doesn’t care for the term “white supremacist.” And, it’s all so grotesque.”
EEK. Queens of comedy Ellen DeGeneres and Kathy Griffin had a tense phone call that ended with Kathy in tears: “According to Griffin, DeGeneres repeated, ‘I don’t hate you,’ and Griffin responded, ‘I don’t think you hate me.’ But after hanging up, Griffin said she ‘started sobbing.'”
DON’T MAKE ME CLOSE ONE MORE DOOR. The Bodyguard is a musical for your listening delight.
STRUT. “Slumber Party” slay-age.
INSTAHUNK. Robert Oliveira.