1.14.2019

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Yellow Vests.
French officials deployed an estimated 80,000 security forces across the country to quell the so-called yellow vest protests that have gripped the country since late 2018. The grassroots protest drew around 32,000 people on Saturday in various cities, protesting numerous grievances including rising fuel prices, increased cost of living, and what the organizers say are high taxes on the poor and middle classes. This weekend - the ninth weekend in a row marches have been held (see timeline) - was relatively peaceful, with around 100 people arrested and little property damage reported. Because the movement is not affiliated with any political party and has no leadership structure, negotiations have been hard to come by, though President Emmanuel Macron announced a three-month-long "national debate" to engage protesters. 

Yellow vests have now destroyed 60% of the speed cameras in France, which have become revenue-generating symbols of the government. 
Lion Air Black Box Recovered.
Indonesian officials said they had recovered the cockpit voice recorder and human remains in the search for downed Lion Air flight JT610. It is the second of two black boxes to be recovered and will shed light onto the final moments of the doomed flight, which crashed into the Java Sea last October, killing all 189 people on board. Investigators believe that the crash of the brand new Boeing 737 MAX8 was caused by a malfunctioning safety system, with faulty sensors causing the auto-adjust to force the plane into multiple nosedives against the pilots' will. Boeing has delivered (paywall) over 200 of the new MAX model aircraft to airlines around the globe, with 4,700 orders in place. 
Shutdown Breaks Record.
The partial shutdown of the US government entered its 24th day today, having broken the record of 21 days over the weekend, with little end in sight. The issue continues to be funding for expansion of physical barriers along the US-Mexico border, with President Trump requesting $5.7B in funding - an ask staunchly opposed by Democrats, now in control of the House. Trump backed away from declaring a national emergency at the border, a move that had gained support last week and would allow the White House to divert funds from the Army Corps of Engineers' $13.9B budget to begin construction. While the shutdown affects 25% of the government budget, it has shuttered 9 of the 15 executive departments and impacted roughly 800,000 federal employees and contractors - many of whom missed paychecks on Friday.  

In separate news, President Trump fired back over reports that the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into his firing of former FBI director James Comey. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
NFL playoff semifinals set as Rams, Saints, Patriots, and Chiefs advance; NFC and AFC championship game schedule and previews (More) | Sarah Thomas becomes first woman to referee an NFL playoff game (More)
> Roma wins best picture, The Americans wins best TV drama at Critics' Choice Awards; see full list of winners (More)
> Australian Open tennis tournament begins today; Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic open as favorites to win (More)
Science & Technology.
> Wisconsin scientists use gene-editing tool CRIPSR to design improved antibiotics by identifying the specific bacterial genes targeted by existing drugs (More) | CRISPR 101 (More)
> A person's microbiome - the specific mix of bacteria in the gut - is found to be a reliable predictor of age; results hold for people tested around the world (More)
> British engineers develop the first flexible, software-defined satellite; mission and function can be reprogrammed on the fly while still in orbit (More)
Business & Markets.
Shares of General Motors surge 8% on reports that 2018 profits will exceed Wall Street expectations (More) | Cadillac to become GM's lead electric vehicle brand in battle with Tesla (More)
> Chinese telecom giant Huawei fires employee in Poland arrested on charges of espionage on behalf of China (More)
> Space exploration giant SpaceX to cut 10% of its ~6,000 person workforce (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Obama housing chief Julian Castro announce official bids for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination (More)
> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia to push Gulf Arab states to rebuild ties with neighboring Qatar; Saudis, Egypt and others cut ties in 2017 over allegations that Qatar was supporting rival Iran (More)
> Mayor of Polish city of Gdansk stabbed in the heart during speech at charity; attacker reportedly said he was taking revenge for being unfairly imprisoned under previous government (More)
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