2.16.2018

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2.16.2018
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NEED TO KNOW.
Nation Reacts to Florida Shooting.
Hundreds of people attended a vigil in memory of the victims of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, FL - the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary attack in 2013. Officials said the shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, legally bought the AR-15 used in the attack at a tactical supply store in a nearby strip mall. President Trump offered condolences, focusing on restricting access to guns for those with mental health issues in an address yesterday (read transcript), and is set to visit Parkland today. Warning signs from Cruz continue to pile up - a social media comment made by Cruz months earlier was reported to the FBI, though there was little to follow up on, and Cruz reportedly took part in paramilitary drills with a local white supremacist group

Officials released the names of the 17 victims killed in the attack (15 others were wounded). 

First Round of Immigration Bills Fail.
The Senate rejected two major proposals for immigration reform yesterday, ending the first week of its open debate on immigration on a low note. The first proposal, which encompassed nearly all of the White House priorities and championed by Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), was voted down 60-39, with 14 GOP senators opposing the bill. Red state Democrats that supported the Trump-backed plan included Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) - each up for reelection this year. The second, a bipartisan bill brought by a group of 16 senators, failed by a closer margin of 54-45. On the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan has struggled to form consensus around support for "Dreamers" - a key element of both Senate proposals. The Senate will continue working on compromise bills over the coming weeks. 

Top 100 Companies to Work For.
Fortune released its 21st annual list of the best companies to work for - partnering with research firm Great Place to Work to compile the list based on surveys of millions of employees. Salesforce - a cloud-based sales management software provider - was rated #1, with employees citing advantages like an algorithm that identifies strong performers who have gone 18 months without a promotion and getting paid to do community service during the year. The top 10 covered a variety of industries, including tech (3 companies), consulting (2), hospitality (2), supermarkets (1), finance (1), and pharmaceuticals (1). While the survey measures six components - values, innovation, financial growth, leadership effectiveness, maximizing human potential, and trust - from a practical standpoint it includes everything from how good the perks are to the vision of the companies leadership. Google was #1 last year but fell completely off this year's list due to the new methodology. 

The publicly-held companies on the list outperform the stock market by 2-3x. 
 
Have a great President's Day - we'll be back on Tuesday.
IN THE KNOW.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> US defeats Slovakia 2-1 for first win in Men's Hockey (More) | Team USA falls back in medal count standings (More)
> 2018 James Beard Award semifinalists announced for best restaurants & chefs in the US; See full list (More)
> NBA All-Star weekend begins tonight; full schedule and preview (More)
 

Science & Technology.

> Modified CRISPR tool used to record how bacteria respond to stimulus at cellular level (More) | CRISPR 101 (More)
> Difference in male and female brainwaves identified using 'deep learning' algorithm (More)
> Back-and-forth conversation much better for child brain development than amount of new words (More)
 

Business & Markets.

> Wall Street markets rally for fifth straight day following last week's plunge - Dow, S&P, Nasdaq all up 1%+ (More)
> Famed Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel leaving Silicon Valley for LA, reportedly frustrated with political culture (More)
> Big pharma giant Roche to acquire Flatiron Health - a startup analyzing real-time oncology data to help cancer patients and doctors - for $1.9B (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

> Preliminary estimates say flu vaccine was only 36% effective this year (More) | See data by year since 2004 (More)
> Afghans submit 1.17 million war crime claims in three months (More)
> Senate Judiciary Committee advances criminal justice reform bill 16-5, Justice Department opposes (More)
WEEKEND READS.

The Final, Terrible Voyage of the Nautilus. 

Wired | May Jeong. Journalist Kim Wall disappeared after boarding the UC3 Nautilus, one of the world's largest private submarines, with its creator Peter Madsen. The sub sunk under mysterious circumstances, and months later Wall's remains were found floating in the bay. (Read
 

Sponsor An Immigrant Yourself. 

Politico | Eric Posner, Glen Weyl. No, really. This modest, high-tech proposal that benefits individuals, not companies, could bring the US visa program into the 21st century. (Read)
 

How Babe Ruth Changed The Fight Against Cancer.  

Popular Science | Author. Ruth's fame drove his doctors to try and save him by any means necessary from esophageal cancer- and changed our understanding of it in the process. (Read)
 

That Time the CIA Tried to Recruit Me.  

New York Times | Scott Shane. The author, a national security correspondent based in Moscow, recounts a time when the CIA tried to take a more high-brow approach to espionage. (Read, paywall)
ETCETERA.
See nominees for the 2018 World Press Photo contest.

The best photos from Team USA in PyeongChang so far.

Ahead of the NBA All-Star Game, the best from the slam dunk competition over the years.

Meet the fleet of 20 US aircraft carriers in service today

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux go their separate ways

Plane loses engine cover during flight over Pacific, but sticks the landing (w/ photos). 

Thousands of private Twitter messages from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were leaked.

People actually kind of like the federal government (at least parts), according to survey data.

Developer ordered to pay $6.75M for destroying NYC street art

Clickbait: Class on hate speech canceled after use of slurs upsets students.

Historybook: King Tut’s tomb is opened (1923); Kim Jong-il born (1942); Fidel Castro becomes Prime Minister of Cuba (1959); HBD John McEnroe (1959); HBD The Weeknd (1990).
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