Barack and Michelle Obama will return to public life by way of a multiyear contract with Netflix to produce films, TV series, and documentaries that promote “greater empathy and understanding between peoples.” Under the deal, whose financial terms were not released, the former president and first lady are expected to split time in front of and behind the camera. Traditionally, former presidents channel their messaging through book deals; Penguin Random House will publish the Obamas’ White House memoirs for $65 million. But the 44th president, who’s kept a low profile during the Trump presidency, will now have access to Netflix’s 125 million global subscribers. The Obamas said they hope to use “the power of storytelling” to “help us open our minds and hearts to others.”
Bill Gates claims he had to explain Science 101 to President Trump. At an event with his foundation’s staff, Gates was secretly recorded describing two meetings with Trump before and after the election. He said he urged Trump to support research for an HIV vaccine. On both occasions, Trump responded by asking whether vaccines are “a bad thing,” citing anti-vaxxer claims. Then he asked Gates whether there’s a difference between HIV and HPV. Gates explained that the two viruses cause different diseases. The Microsoft founder recalls the first meeting getting off to an awkward start, after the president-elect said, “Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing.”
An attorney named Aaron Schlossberg was videoed ranting to the manager of a New York City sandwich shop about several employees and customers speaking to one another in Spanish. “I pay for their welfare,” Schlossberg said. “The least they can do is speak English.” The attorney threatened to have the people speaking Spanish “kicked out of my country.” The clip went viral. Twitter users identified Schlossberg and found previous videos of his ranting in public, photos of him at Trump rallies, and records of his law firm donating to the Trump campaign. The company that leases Schlossberg’s office terminated its agreement, and more than 100 protesters gathered outside his apartment, where a five-man mariachi band performed.