Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of licking America’s privates—no, he really did—in his annual end-of-year televised press conference. In less weird news:
- Michael Moore stood outside Trump Tower in what seemed like a bid to raise awareness of Michael Moore’s website; the event did have the positive outcome of prompting Slate staffer Aymann Ismail to thank Donald Trump for inspiring an inclusive, idealistic pro-Muslim backlash that has made Ismail feel “overwhelmingly American” for the first time.
- A former Hillary Clinton spokesman who used private email for State Department business appears to have once said in writing that he did so to circumvent public-records laws. (The spokesman says it was a joke.)
- A neighbor and friend of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook is expected to face criminal charges related to guns purchased for Farook and his wife.
- And the U.S. and Cuba appear set to restore direct commercial air travel between each others’ countries.
Have a good day out there.