(I assume this goes without saying in general, but it feels worth reiterating: I'm not going to try to give you a comprehensive view of all important news. There's just no way. This is a sampling of interesting and/or important pieces I've come across. Current events stuff will stay at the top; skip to the bottom if you want distractions.)
This is horrifying: N.H. Senate Passes Concealed Carry Gun Bill
Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates
Trump’s claim of ‘America first’ during his acceptance speech is terrifying
In First of Many, ACLU FOIA Request Seeks Information About the New President’s Conflicts of Interests
"At one point, he wanted to halt the planning altogether, out of superstition, the person said." That sure sounds like someone confident in his legitimate election!
This sounds normal: "a member of Trump’s transition team floated the idea of including tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade, a source involved in inaugural planning told The Huffington Post. 'They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,' the source said."
In Hong Kong's book industry, 'everybody is scared'
This is long but worth it, and good if you need a distraction: Neanderthals Were People, Too
Oh hey, we've got Edgar nominees. I'll admit I said "Wait, really?" several times as I read them. But not in a bad way, just a... surprised way.
Interesting: Bill Gates Wants to Patent a Concussion-Sensing Football Helmet
This reflection on what color clothes we put babies in is lovely and thought-provoking.
Fascinating: Law, Settler Colonialism, and "the Forgotten Space" of Maritime Worlds