Apple CEO Tim Cook apparently had some tea and biscuits at 10 Downing St. Assuming that's standard offering at the Prime Minister's residence in London.

The previous day, Cook was in Scotland receiving an honorary degree from University of Glasgow.

Millions dream of coming to America and making it. It is, after all, the secret sauce of what makes this nation great: The fact that the strengths of these United States lie in their allure as a melting pot of cultures and skills and points of view.

One can't help but wonder how much damage will have been done to the credibility and desirableness and influence of this great nation of immigrants by the time this disastrous new era comes to an end. If the last 11 days are anything to go by, we are in for a rough ride.

It's not just that management are reckless and clueless, but too many are sitting idly by and letting them get away with it.

At least sensible minds are expressing their displeasure with mass protests and legal challenges. And there lies the hope for the future. But in the meantime, the outlook is dim.

God help America.

The New York Times reports that George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime, has seen a surge in sales this month.

The title has risen to the top of the Amazon best-seller list in the U.S. The book's publishers have as a result printed tens of thousands of new copies to meet market demand.

Liverpool's dismal form in the new year continues. Southampton were the better side for much of the game and deserved to get through to the finals of the League Cup. And they did so without conceding a single goal so far in the competition.

Jurgen Klopp has much work to do. Next up are leaders Chelsea in the Premier League.

Coutinho may have extended his contract with the club until 2022. But with their current form, Liverpool may yet end empty handed this season.

Liverpool had not lost at their home Anfield for quite some time. But today's result, while surprising in the context of the Premier League table, should not be quite shocking.

Because the defensive frailties continue to haunt this potentially great side. Can we score goals? Yes. Well, most of the time. Can we keep a clean sheet? Yes. But only sometimes.

This defeat leaves the Merseysiders 7 points behind leaders Chelsea who will play Hull City on Sunday. And the gap could grow to 10 points with a win for Antonio Conte's side.

Second placed Tottenham Hotspur did not take much advantage as they needed a late, controversial equalizer to get a point at Manchester City. City took the lead in a performance that pleased manager Pep Guardiola. But the match ended 2-2.

Arsenal could move 2nd if they win their game at home. The visitors will be 12th-place Burnley. That match is also on Sunday.

Liverpool's next Premier League will be against clear leaders Chelsea. That game scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st of 2017 will surely decide whether the reds can realistically remain in the title race.

Liverpool have announced that Steven Gerrard, aka Stevie G, aka Captain Fantastic is going to rejoin the club as youth team coach starting Februrary.

Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and went on to captain the club until he left after the 2014-2015 season. That was to join LA Galaxy in America's MLS.

In a career spanning 17 years with more than 700 games for the reds, the 36 year old won 9 trophies. He remains much loved and respected by club and country.

Gerrard said:

It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn't a decision based on emotion - it's about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.

This is welcome news for Liverpool club and its fans.

Barack H. Obama's last official day as the 44th President of the United States of America feels sad. It leaves one thinking how long it will be before this great nation swears in another great leader into the White House. Or someone even close to it.

We will miss his grace, dignity, and leadership. And of course, First Lady Michelle Obama. And their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, who grew up before our very eyes.

So long. Farewell.

May their health, growth and contributions continue for years to come.

Jim Nelson writing on GQ makes his point on why Obama will go down as one of the greatest presidents of all time.

But what now feels distinctly possible is that, just as Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed, over time he may be judged less for the color of his skin than for the content of his character.

He argues:

Barack Obama will long be revered because he’s charismatic, presided over an economic revival, and changed and elevated the view of the presidency. He’s simply bigger than Bill.

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Tweeting in remembrance of the late great MLK, Senator Bernie Sanders writes:

To honor Martin Luther King Jr. we must fight to carry out his bold vision. He saw the relationship between racism and economics and war.

You know I love good music. And I have a special affinity to singer-songwriters blessed with a unique, beautiful voice. Valerie June fits the bill. Here is a lyric video for her newest single:

Valerie was born in Jackson, Tennessee and grew up influenced by gospel music at her local church as well as the musical tastes of her father which leaned R&B and soul.

She began recording and performing at the age of 19 after she moved to Memphis, TN in 2000. First as part of a duo in Bella Sun, with her husband of the time. She went solo after the marriage ended and has since released 4 albums.

Her breakout was "Pushin' Against A Stone" in 2013

Photo Credit: Valerie June Website

Her fifth, and latest is entitled "The Order of Time" and is set to be released in 2017. "Astral Plane" is the lead single already available on streaming and download with the usual outlets.

Says Valerie:

“Understanding the order of time is important to anyone hoping to manifest a dream. There is a time to push, and a time to gently tend the garden.”

+ Visit Valerie June official website