Serena Williams won the women’s U.S. Open last night, assuming the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2003. Her opponent, Jelena Jankovic, responded like the surly 23-year-old she is: “I gave her a lot of gifts […] I lost my No. 1 ranking. It’s not fair.” And when Williams received her $1.5 million winner’s check, Jankovic asked, “How much did I get?” The answer was $750,000 — which seemed to lessen her pout a bit: “Tomorrow is my day to go shopping.” Yeah, that’s what we normally do after these sorts of crushing defeats and public tantrums. [NYT]
Dear Madam Speaker:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.
Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union.
I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!