3.12.2019

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Need To Know.
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US Leaves Venezuela.
The US recalled all of its diplomatic staff from Venezuela after President Nicolás Maduro blamed an ongoing power outage on a "demonic plot" by President Trump. Tensions have skyrocketed between the two countries after the US officially backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president in January, and Venezuela has been gripped by a crisis since a massive blackout hit the country over the weekend. Many areas have been without power for four days - officials blamed the outage on an "electrical attack" at the Guri Dam, one of the world’s largest hydroelectric stations. Power was cut from over 70% of the country, and Maduro says there is no timetable to reach a full recovery
Countries Ground Boeing Planes.
Singapore and Indonesia joined other countries in grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following a deadly crash in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. While investigators have not reached conclusions about what caused the crash (though the flight recorders have been recovered), the incident was similar to a 2018 crash in Indonesia that was caused by a malfunctioning auto-pilot system. In that crash, faulty sensors caused the plane to rapidly gain elevation and then nosedive against the pilot's control. The Federal Aviation Administration has not indicated whether it will move to ground the planes in the US. 

Here are the airlines still flying the MAX 8 models. 
White House Rolls Out Budget.
The Trump administration turned in its fiscal year 2020 budget request yesterday, delivering as much as a 5% cut across all agencies except the Defense Department. The $4.75T request includes $8.6B to expand physical barriers along the US-Mexico border, an issue which sparked a 35-day-long partial government shutdown in January. Each year, the White House proposes a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins October 1st. The budget is meant to outline the priorities of the executive branch - historically Congress has taken the request into account while drafting its own budget, which ultimately governs how the executive branch operates. A budget from Congress is expected sometime in the summer. It's a confusing process - find a great explainer here.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor arrested in Miami for strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief after destroying a mobile phone (More)
> Captain Marvel hauls in $455M at the box office in its opening weekend, the sixth best start for a movie of all time (More)
> Ex-French soccer star Zinedine Zidane hired as Real Madrid's manager, replacing Santiago Solari who was with the club for just five months (More)
Science & Technology.
> Reports say federal government to begin deploying facial recognition programs at airports by 2021 (More)
> Organelles, small units within cells, work together much more than scientists previously thought (More)
> Telecom giant Sprint takes aim at AT&T, releasing full page Sunday ad in the New York Times claiming AT&T's new 5GE network is really just 4G (More) | What is 5G and why should I even care? (More)
Business & Markets.
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> Chipmaker Nvidia to acquire Israeli chip designer Mellanox for $6.8B (More)
> NYC’s iconic Chrysler building to sell for $150M, a massive discount from 2008 sale price (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Democrats choose Milwaukee to host 2020 convention, estimated to generate up to $200M in economic activity (More)
> British lawmakers to vote on updated Brexit plan that would prevent the reestablishment of a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (More)
> Potential 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke fuels speculation with trip to Iowa (More)
In Depth.
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Don't Look Now.
The Guardian | Oscar Schwartz. Once used as a TSA prototype to detect potential terrorists, facial expression analysis to determine emotion has had many issues in the past. But the industry has grown rapidly in recent years, becoming a $20 billion industry that allows machines to detect the deepest human emotions. (Read)
The 25 Songs That Matter Right Now.
New York Times | Nitsuh Abebe. In the last few years, a general mood of seriousness and negativity seems to have befallen popular music. Here are the top 25 songs that might help explain this unsettling feeling. (Read, paywall)
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Doctor delivers dire news via robot in worst bedside manner ever
The emoji gods have approved couples of different skin color.
Wichita couple has eaten at the same restaurant for six nights a week for 15 years
 
Cancer-surviving mom's letter to Alex Trebek goes viral
Soccer player attacked by fan, then scores game-winning goal
Clickbait: Slovenian woman's hand sawed in ultra-committed insurance fraud
Historybook: Girl Scouts of the USA is founded (1912); American author and poet Jack Kerouac born (1922); RIP Anne Frank (1945); HBD Mitt Romney (1947); First female priests are ordained by the Church of England (1994).
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