2.12.2018

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2.12.2018
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NEED TO KNOW.
White House Budget Rollout Today.
The White House is set to roll out President Trump's proposed FY19 budget, just days after Congress passed a sweeping budget bill that increased spending caps for FY18 and FY19 by $300M combined. For any fiscal year, the President sends a budget to Congress to request funding, which Congress considers (but does not have to follow) before determining how much money to give the Executive Branch (federal funding 101). Because last week's deal increased spending limits just before the White House release, officials reportedly spent the weekend rushing to revise the FY19 request. Details on the plan have been tightly held - though it will include $3B to begin border wall construction and assumes 3% growth over the next decade - but will reportedly move away from attempts to eliminate the budget deficit over ten years.  

Israel Strikes in Syria.
Israeli forces conducted cross-border strikes against Iranian and Syrian forces after an Israeli fighter jet was shot down on Saturday. It began when Israel intercepted an Iranian drone that entered its airspace from Syria, prompting Israeli forces to attack the command-and-control center that flew the drone. En route back from the mission, an Israeli F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire - prompting waves of retaliatory attacks on Iranian targets within the Syrian borders. Iran views Syria as a strategic regional partner, supporting Hezbollah operations in the country - analysts say the skirmish is a new opening in the Syrian conflict. 

The drone that started the conflict was reportedly a copy of US technology, reverse engineered from a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel captured in 2011

Senate Begins Immigration Debate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is set to begin a rare, open-ended debate on the Senate floor on a range of immigration reform proposals. The move is the result of an agreement that ended the federal shutdown in late January. Particular focus will be on the fate of the so-called "Dreamers" - young immigrants who arrived with their parents and are currently protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program (see 101) - who both sides say they want to protect. Looming over the debate is the President's $25B request for a border wall, and he dismissed a bipartisan proposal from Sens. McCain (R-AZ) and Coons (D-DE) last week that continued DACA and boosted border security (without explicit wall funding) by 2020. 

It's unclear if the administration will begin deportations when DACA protections begin to expire on March 5th.
 
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IN THE KNOW.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> 17-year old snowboarder Red Gerard wins America's first gold medal of 2018 Olympics (More) | Full list of medals won by country (More)
> Jóhann Jóhannsson, Oscar-nominated composer, dies at 48 (More)
> President Obama's official portrait by 'hip hop portraitist' Kehinde Wiley to be unveiled today (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Study shows a narrow window of ultraviolet light ("UVC", wavelengths from 207-222 nanometers) can kill airborne bacteria without harming humans, animals (More)
Engineers develop prototype of self-healing, reusable electronic skin for prosthetics and wearable tech (More)
In medical first, scientists create living, functioning kidney tissue, could aid in the fight against kidney disease (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Uber & Waymo (Google's self-driving unit) settle trade secrets case - Waymo to receive 0.34% of Uber shares worth ~$240M (More)
Amazon to launch shipping biz - Shipping With Amazon - to compete with UPS, FedEx; to launch in LA (More)
New York’s Attorney General sues the Weinstein Company, could jeopardize potential sale (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Russian passenger plane crashes outside of Moscow, all 71 aboard killed (More)
Trump blocks Democrat counter-memo on FBI bias, pending more redactions (More)
US intelligence officials reportedly paid $100K to Russian claiming to have compromising material on Pres. Trump that was never produced (More)
ETCETERA.
Lawsuit over the absence of an Oxford comma nets $5 million for plaintiffs.

The results from the World Marathon Challenge, where you run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

The 100 most nutritious foods in the world

Doesn't appeal to you? Here are the 31 best fried chicken restaurants in the US


A witness drew the worst suspect sketch in history and it worked

Top Doggos: The most popular dog breeds on Instagram (NYT paywall).

Also...the NYT runs deep analytics on the dogs of NYC (also paywall). 

LL Bean drops its unlimited returns policy


Clickbait: Desperate scientists create dating profile for frog who may be the last of his species

Historybook: HBD Abraham Lincoln (1809); HBD Charles Darwin (1809); HBD Bill Russell (1934); President Clinton acquitted on impeachment charges (1999); RIP Charles Schulz (2000).
"LIFE IS LIKE A TEN SPEED BICYCLE. MOST OF US HAVE GEARS WE NEVER USE."
- Charles Schulz

 
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