Ben Geman has written a must-read profile on John Podesta’s year in the White House driving the “go-it-alone” climate strategy.

Due to the lack of public trust in District Attorney’s handling of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner shootings, the City of Cleveland has probably made a good call in handing off the probe into the Tamir Rice case to a county sheriff’s office.

Michael Memoli reports:

President Obama is heading back to Washington on Saturday after a two-week holiday visit to Hawaii, but he won’t stick around for long.

Eager to stay on the offensive as new Republican majorities are seated in Congress, the president plans to take a more bullish economic message on the road next week in something of an early test drive of his State of the Union message.

Would it surprise you to learn that the Senate’s 46 Democrats got 20 million more votes than it’s 54 Republicans?

In health news, scientists find that most types of cancer are caused by “bad luck.” No, it doesn’t have anything to do with black cats or broken mirrors. It’s all about random gene mutations that occur when stem cells divide.

You’ve probably read about how Jeb Bush is breaking up with corporate boards and investments in order to prepare for his 2016 presidential run. But Andy Borowitz reports on the one break-up that would probably do him the most good: Jeb Bush Resigns as George W. Bush’s Brother.

Finally, since I started the day out with Eva Cassidy, I think I’ll end it with her gorgeous cover of this classic blues tune.

Nancy LeTourneau

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