What's happening in the political world:
Internet savagely rips Moore's tweet to McConnell
-- Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's warning tweet directed at Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, and the internet's responses to it, have gone viral.
The Alabama judge faces numerous sexual misconduct allegations involving underage females and has been called upon to withdraw his candidacy by many, including McConnell, the Republican out of Kentucky.
Moore tweeted this message to McConnell on Wednesday night: "Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On."
McConnell did not respond immediately to the challenge, but many across the internet weighed in -- specifically pointing out Moore's "bring it on" message.
Many cited the 2000 high school cheerleading film "Bring It On" in response to Moore's tweet.
— Adam Newman (@Adam_Newman) November 16, 2017
Roy Moore: Bring. It. On.
— Resisterhood (@resisterhood) November 16, 2017
Dear Judge Roy Moore,
What movie do you want to watch on our sleepover?
Mitch McConnell https://t.co/vDtRWhcToH
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) November 16, 2017
Peyton Reed, who directed the 2000 film, also reacted: "Dear @MooreSenate, You're not allowed to use the name of my cheerleader movie, you [expletive] pedophile."
Trump to freed UCLA basketball players: "You're welcome"
-- President Trump accepted the thanks from three UCLA basketball players who were released after their arrest in China for shoplifting.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning: "To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"
In their first public comments since returning to the U.S., players Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley each apologized for the incident and thanked Trump for his role in securing their release.
Trump had said he asked Chinese President Xi to intervene in the players' case.
Rubio mocks Trump's mid-speech water-sipping form
-- Sen. Marco Rubio had a chance at payback Wednesday, when President Trump noticeably sipped from a water bottle multiple times during a speech -- a move Trump had mocked Rubio for during the 2016 campaign.
"Similar, but needs work on his form. Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time," Rubio tweeted Wednesday afternoon, linking to a video of Trump stopping mid-speech to look for his water bottle.
CNN contributed to this report