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Trump's last days in office

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Greetings Quicktake readers! This week, Trump enters the endgame of his presidency with clemency on his mind. Plus, how safe are the Covid vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna? Stream now for free.

Trump's final 50 days

We never doubted that President Donald Trump would make the most of his executive powers during his remaining weeks in office. And for him, it's personal. He may be contemplating sweeping pardons for his campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani, his three eldest children—and even for himself. He can still issue executive orders, too, likely around environmental and immigration regulations. But holding onto claims of election fraud appears to be his last stand, Bloomberg Opinion's Tim O'Brien told Quicktake anchor Scarlet Fu on Take the Lead. Why? He loathes being seen as a loser; he's worried about the legal and financial challenges he'll face post-White House; and perhaps most strikingly, it means big bucks.

"Calling the election fraudulent is actually a money-making opportunity for Trump."

His unsuccessful efforts at overturning the election results have already helped him raise $170 million, likely setting him up for his next gig. One option on the table: Running again in 2024.Andrew Mach

What to watch if

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...it's time to get the band back together. The star of Japan's Super Nintendo World, opening in February, is Mario Kart IRL alongside Princess Peach, Luigi and more. Bloomberg's Kurumi Mori gets a sneak peek on Take Geo.

...you need a break from the news. Kaavan, aka the "world's loneliest elephant," was moved from a Pakistan zoo to a Cambodia sanctuary, thanks in part to an animal-rights group led by Cher. Watch Take the Lead.

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One question, answered

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We want to know

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