12.18.2018

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Need To Know.
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Brexit Vote Rescheduled.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday that postponed a vote on a Brexit deal by the United Kingdom's Parliament had been rescheduled for the week of January 14th. The vote on the package, which governs the complex process of the UK's exit from the European Union, was originally scheduled last week but pulled after May could not gather enough support. The package, negotiated over two years, establishes rules around trade, immigration, travel, defense, and more, replacing current EU agreements. Though May says she will have support when the vote comes, the delay creates a tight window for both sides - the UK is scheduled to legally cut ties with the EU on March 29th, 2019, with or without a deal.  

Here is what may happen if the deal is not approved
Google Expands in NYC.
Google will invest $1B to expand its existing operations in New York City, the company announced yesterday. The 1.7-million-square-foot campus will be located in Lower Manhattan - dubbed Google Hudson Square - and will bring over new 7,000 jobs, doubling the company's workforce in the city. The move follows the $2.4B purchase of Manhattan's Chelsea Market Building in March of this year. It also comes on the heels of major expansions by tech giants Apple (which plans to invest $1B in Austin, TX) and Amazon (which split a $5B investment between Washington, DC and NYC). Google pointed out that it did not request any special incentives from the city for the expansion, presumably contrasting it with Amazon's highly-publicized competition for its second headquarters.

Google hopes to begin moving into its new digs by 2020. 
Les Moonves.
Broadcast giant CBS announced yesterday that former CEO Les Moonves will not receive a $120M exit package following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Moonves resigned in September after six women accused the 68-year-old of unwanted advances or pressuring them into sex acts - the allegations were detailed by the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow (see article), who also broke the accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Under his leadership, CBS was the most-watched television network in the US, and his $69M annual earnings made him one of the highest-paid CEOs in the world. After a lengthy investigation by its board of directors, CBS denied the massive severance package, saying that he misled the company about his behavior and was therefore fired for cause. Moonves denies the allegations but has not said whether he will challenge the decision. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Galt MacDermot, Grammy Award-winning composer of Hair, dies at 89 (More)
> Kelly Krauskopf hired by Indiana Pacers as first female assistant general manager in NBA history (More)
> Academy Awards announces shortlist of semifinalists in nine categories; first year since 1979 that shortlist for music categories announced (More)
Science & Technology.
> Reports say Google's plans for censored search engine in China, dubbed project Dragonfly, effectively shut down after internal confrontation (More)
> Research says Saturn is losing its iconic rings; gravity plus planet's magnetic field will dissipate rings in 100 million years (More)
> Archaeologists unearth "exceptionally" preserved, 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb; believed to belong to a royal priest who served under the 5th Dynasty's King Neferirkare (More) | Explore ancient Egypt's ruling dynasties (More)
Business & Markets.
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> US stock markets drop over 2%, with S&P 500 at lowest in 14 months, ahead of expected raise in interest rates during Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting (More)
> Malaysian authorities file criminal charges against Goldman Sachs for allegedly diverting $2.7B from sovereign wealth fund deal; Goldman claims Malaysian government lied (More)
> The NAACP returns Facebook donation, calls for boycott after reports the social network was used to manipulate black voters in 2016 election (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Data pulled from Senate Intelligence Committee report shows a number of Russian internet propaganda campaigns during 2016 election focused on black voters (More)
> US homelessness rises 0.3% in 2018, the second straight annual increase after having decreased seven years in a row (More)
> Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) says he won't seek reelection in 2020 (More)
In Depth.
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The Scramble for the World’s Most Coveted Meteorite.
Wired | Joshuah Bearman and Allison Keeley. When one of the largest meteorites ever recorded struck a small Peruvian village, astrophysicists wanted to investigate the rock from 110 million miles away. But once villagers began having headaches, vomiting, and bloody noses, everyone started looking for answers. (Read)
Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think.
The New York Times | Jason Zinoman. Often known for her kind demeanor, Ellen DeGeneres is tired of continually acting out her TV persona. As she preps a new stand-up special, DeGeneres tries to decide whether or not it’s time to move on. (Read, paywall)
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Historybook: Mayflower arrives at Plymouth Harbor (1620); 13th Amendment formally adopted in Constitution, abolishing slavery (1865); HBD Steven Spielberg (1946); HBD Brad Pitt (1963); RIP actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (2016).
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