The Pentagon has released a new nuclear arms policy that calls for building submarine-launched missiles carrying “low-yield nukes,” which could be used in conflicts smaller than a total nuclear war. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the new policy reflects a need to “look reality in the eye.”
The Washington Post
The cost of keeping Guantánamo Bay open to house 41 remaining accused terrorists is more than $440 million a year—nearly $11 million per inmate.
The NFL is losing its core audience, with just 51 percent of men ages 18 to 49 tuning in today, compared with 75 percent four years ago. The drop in interest spans age groups and the political spectrum. Explanations for the decline include concerns over head injuries; anger over anthem protests; and the overexposure of playing games on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal
President Trump claimed the TV audience for his State of the Union address was the “largest in history,” but his 45.5 million viewers was actually the fifth-largest audience since 1994. President George W. Bush’s speeches in 2002 and 2003, which followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the beginning of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, received audiences of 51.8 million and 62 million viewers. President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 was watched by 48 million people, and Bill Clinton’s debut was viewed by 46.8 million.
■ 64% of Democrats and 49% of independents say they have a favorable view of the FBI. Just 38% of Republicans approve of the federal law enforcement agency, and 47% have an unfavorable view.