2.12.2020

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Need to Know
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Sanders Wins New Hampshire
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won the Democratic New Hampshire primary last night, beating out second-place finisher Pete Buttigieg 26% to 24%. The pair finished one-two in Iowa, where Buttigieg edged Sanders by 0.1%. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (20%) surged into third place, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (9%) and Joe Biden (8%). It was a disappointing performance for Warren and Biden, both former front-runners from neighboring states who will likely need to weather another rough outing during next week's Nevada caucuses. Exit polls suggested almost half of the 200,000 voters - about 60% female and half of who were college educated - decided on a candidate within the past few days. By the end of the night entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) had suspended their campaigns, with Deval Patrick expected to follow shortly.

Candidates next travel to Las Vegas for a debate next Wednesday ahead of the state's Feb. 22 caucuses.
Stone Sentencing Prompts Resignations
Four federal prosecutors resigned yesterday after the Department of Justice asked a federal court for a prison sentence lighter than their recommendation in the case of political operative Roger Stone. Prosecutors originally asked for seven to nine years for the former Trump associate after he was found guilty in November of witness tampering, obstruction, and lying to Congress. The department did not provide a revised sentence recommendation but cited Stone's age, health, and lack of criminal record, while arguing against the calculation used to arrive at the original sentence (read memo). Officials also said they had not discussed the revised recommendation with the White House and was not pressured by the president, who referred to the initially proposed sentence as a "miscarriage of justice" in an early morning tweet.
Telecom Mega-Merger
A federal judge cleared the way for T-Mobile's $26B acquisition of Sprint yesterday, dismissing a suit from states arguing the merger would lead to less competition and higher prices. The merger combines the country's third- and fourth-biggest telecom companies, uniting 130 million wireless users against rivals AT&T (166 million) and Verizon (120 million). The all-stock deal caps nearly six years of on-and-off talks between the two companies. An initial 2014 deal fell apart after the Obama administration expressed antitrust concerns (monopolies 101). Proponents of the deal argued the merger would help build out the country's 5G infrastructure, with T-Mobile aiming to provide 5G access to 97% of Americans (85% of rural Americans) within three years.

In related news, the Federal Trade Commission will examine acquisitions made by Amazon, Google, Facebook, and other tech giants back to 2010 for anticompetitive practices. 
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In the Know
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> Actor Jussie Smollett indicted by grand jury on six counts of making false statements about an alleged January 2019 hate crime attack; similar charges against Smollett were dropped 10 months ago (More)
> Harvey Weinstein won’t testify in criminal trial against him; Weinstein’s defense team rested its case yesterday after four days of witness testimony (More)
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Science & Technology
> World Health Organization officially names the new coronavirus COVID-19; death toll currently at more than 1,100 with over 45,000 illnesses (More) | Cases on quarantined cruise ship hit 174 (More)
> Astronomers discover a deep space fast radio burst that repeats every 16 days; the unidentified source is one of the most consistent of the mysterious radiation sources ever found (More)
> Engineered enzymes added to a modified CRISPR technique reduce the number of errors and off-target mutations during the gene-editing process (More) | CRISPR 101 (More)
Business & Markets
> Google to argue against a $2.4B antitrust fine today handed out by the European Commission for favoring its own price comparison shopping (More)
> Rideshare giant Lyft exceeds earnings expectations, but stock falls 5% after lack of update on profitability timing (More)
> Airbnb sees $300M+ loss for first 9 months of 2019, after posting profit in 2018; sources say company still planning for 2020 IPO (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte terminates two-decade-old military agreement with the US, limiting the use of the country for US operations in Southeast Asia (More)
> The US says it can prove Chinese telecom giant Huawei can access sensitive personal information of mobile users around the world via backdoors installed on its devices (More)
> India's antiestablishment Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) trounces Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi elections, capturing 62 of 70 seats (More)
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Etcetera
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The 10 best places to move to right now.
Socialism and atheism are still the biggest political liabilities in the US.
US household debt now exceeds $14T.
Inbreeding may have doomed the last of the woolly mammoths.
The New York Knicks are the NBA's most valuable franchise despite being ... not great.
...and former NBA star Dwyane Wade's daughter comes out as transgender.
A 2,000-year-old mask found hidden inside a Mexican pyramid.
Extreme kayaker survives a 134-foot plunge off a waterfall. (w/video)
Clickbait: The 90's Dancing Baby is back, and it's still creepy.
Historybook: Abraham Lincoln born (1809); Biologist Charles Darwin born (1809); HBD children’s author Judy Blume (1938); President Clinton acquitted on impeachment charges (1999); RIP “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz (2000).
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