The World Economic Forum at Davos takes place the third week of January — just when the bite of intense cold will take hold deeply across Ukraine. At a dinner for WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab I attended in NYC last night, the fate of Ukraine was on the minds of many. Some believe Ukraine will do something to dramatically cripple Russian troops in the run-up, making Davos the stage for the world to further shame Vladimir Putin.
On the Asia front, I’m guessing if Biden and Xi had not met on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bali and agreed to lower the tensions in US-China relations and commit to “mutual respect,” then the White House would be saying a lot more about the widespread protests against COVID-19 lockdowns. Morgan Chalfant captures the essence of Biden’s low-key response to a remarkable wave of Chinese unrest.
Meanwhile in Washington, Republicans are abandoning their usual restraint and letting rip their criticisms of Donald Trump’s antisemitic dinner guests. Kadia Goba and Benjy Sarlin have a roundup of hard-hitting quotes.
PLUS: One Good Text with Rep. Bill Foster on term limits for committees AND Senator Mitt Romney is growing a beard. Seriously.