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Americans have spent this day honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It comes amid an open conflict between another iconic civil rights figure and the nation's new leader. President-elect Trump marked the King holiday by inviting the civil rights leader's son to his New York tower. Martin Luther King III called it a very constructive meeting, and quoted the president-elect, saying he wants to reach out to all Americans.
MARTIN LUTHER KING III:
I believe that that's his intent. But I think also that we have to consistently engage with pressure, public pressure. It doesn't happen automatically. My father and his team understood that, did that, and I think that Americans are prepared to do that.
King steered clear of the Trump feud with a civil rights hero, Democratic Representative John Lewis of Georgia.
I think that, in the heat of emotion, a lot of things get said on both sides.
The war of words began Friday, with Lewis telling NBC that Trump's election wasn't legitimate because of Russian meddling. The full interview aired Sunday.
REP. JOHN LEWIS, D-Ga.:
I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president.
Lewis also said he will boycott Friday's inauguration. All told, more than two dozen members of Congress now say they will do the same.
The president-elect fired back at Lewis over the weekend, tweeting that he should spend — quote — "more time on helping his district and calling him all talk, talk, talk, no action or results."
On CBS this weekend, vice president-elect Pence also pushed back.
VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE:
To make a comment that he did not consider Donald Trump to be a legitimate president, I think is deeply disappointing. I believe inaugurations are a moment when we should come together around that individual who has been elected to be president of the United States of America.
Today, at a King Day breakfast in Miami, Lewis ignored the Trump criticism. Instead, he issued a call to action to his listeners.
REP. JOHN LEWIS:
You must have courage. You must be bold. And never, ever give up when you know that you're right.
For his part, Mr. Trump canceled an early plan to spend the holiday in Washington and visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
But the vice president-elect was in Washington at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. President Obama, in his last week in office, took part in a service event at a D.C. family shelter.
In the day's other news: There was no sign of a letup in another confrontation, this one between Mr. Trump and the intelligence community. It started when outgoing CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that the president-elect must do more than — quote — "talk and tweet about national security."
CHRIS WALLACE, FOX News Sunday:
Do you think that Mr. Trump understands the threat from Russia?
JOHN BRENNAN, CIA Director:
I don't think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia's intentions, and actions that they are undertaking in many parts of the world. And that's what the obligation and responsibility of the intelligence community is.
Later, Mr. Trump fired back on Twitter. He criticized the CIA's record on conflicts in Syria, Crimea and Ukraine. Then, referring directly to Brennan, he asked — quote — "Was this the leaker of fake news?"
The president-elect also raised hackles across Europe with critical comments about NATO and the European Union. We will turn to that story right after the news summary.
On the domestic front, the incoming president now says he means to replace Obamacare with insurance for everybody. He's told The Washington Post that his plan is nearly complete, and that it will offer — quote — "much lower deductibles," but he offered no details.
In Turkey, there is word that police have captured the man suspected of killing 39 in an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's celebrations. The Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the New Year's attack. It triggered an intense nationwide manhunt. Turkish media reports say that the Uzbek national was taken into custody during a raid in an Istanbul suburb.
A Turkish cargo plane crashed today in Kyrgyzstan, destroying out half a village and killing at least 37 people. The Boeing 747 was trying to land in dense fog near the capital city, Bishkek. There was no immediate word what caused the crash.
There's a startling new report about wealth inequality around the globe. The anti-poverty organization Oxfam reports that the eight richest men on Earth own as much as the poorest half of the world's population. That's about 3.6 billion people. The report says the gap has grown from what it was just a year ago by a significant amount.
MAX LAWSON, Policy Advisor, Oxfam:
We have seen countries in the last 10 years that have bucked the trend and that are going in the other direction, and are reducing the gap between rich and poor. One thing they do is, they get the rich to pay their tax. We have got a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary. That's crazy. We're seeing wealth channeled upwards.
The report was released ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Ten more long-term detainees have left the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Persian Gulf state of Oman announced today that it accepted the 10. That leaves 45 prisoners remaining at Guantanamo. President Obama has pushed to close the prison. President-elect Trump has vowed to keep it open.
Conservative commentator Monica Crowley has backed out of a job with the new Trump administration, amid a plagiarism, an alleged plagiarism scandal. It's widely reported that she's decided against serving at the National Security Council. Crowley is accused of plagiarizing parts of her doctoral dissertation and her 2012 book.
The World Series champion Chicago Cubs were feted today by the White Sox fan who calls the White House home. The Cubs were the last championship team that Mr. Obama will greet while he's in office. They presented the 44th president with two special jerseys. The Cubs won the series last November for the first time since 1908.
And former astronaut Gene Cernan died today in Houston. He was the last of a dozen men to walk on the moon. A handful of others still survive. Cernan commanded the Apollo 17 mission to the lunar surface in December 1972. In later years, he urged Congress to approve a return to the moon. Eugene Cernan was 82 years old.
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