Friday, January 26

ByKevin Sheekey

What did people expect from a reality TV star whose signature phrase was “You’re fired!”? Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit (New York Times)

As China seeks to better coordinate its attempts to counter financial risks: China Considers Merger of Banking, Insurance Watchdogs (Bloomberg)

Goldman Sachs, Barclays and SocGen are interested in buying Commerzbank’s equities, markets and commodities unit, including the ETF portfolio plus equity derivatives and other market-making activities. Goldman Sachs Interested in Buying Commerzbank’s ETF Unit (Handelsblatt)

After the Disney deal closes: Lachlan Murdoch is Going to Do Things His Way at the New Fox (Bloomberg)

Oprah Winfrey tells InStyle magazine that she’s not running for President of the U.S.: “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.” Sorry, Oprah Fans. She’s Not Running for President in 2020 (Time)

Worth a read: Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s farewell letter: Graydon Carter Recalls His Fondest Memories (and Tricks of the Trade) from 25 Years atop Vanity Fair (Vanity Fair)

Best of Late Night:

“You can’t just fire every guy who investigates you. I mean, he’s running the White House by the exact same rules as ‘The Apprentice.’ He doesn’t understand. He’s like, ‘Nobody had a problem when I fired Meatloaf!’ ” — Jimmy Kimmel, referring to the report that Trump had tried to fire the special counsel Robert Mueller

“President Trump arrived in Switzerland this morning for the World Economic Forum, and immediately converted his money into franks.” — Seth Meyers, showing a photograph of hot dogs

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