2.19.2019

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White House Details Wall Funding
The White House announced plans to pull together $6.7B in funding from various accounts to expand a US-Mexico border wall, following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the border on Friday. The draft plans would reallocate money from the Defense Department's military construction account ($3.6B) and drug interdiction program ($2.5B), and the Treasury Department's drug forfeiture fund ($600M). The total comes on top of support in the final 2019 funding bill passed on Thursday, which provided $1.375B for 55 miles of border barriers in the Rio Grande Valley - billions less than the $5.7B originally requested by the White House. The plans are expected to be halted at least temporarily while legal challenges proceed - 16 states filed suit last night, challenging the constitutionality of the decision. 

Dig into stats on border arrests here
Ex-Cardinal Defrocked
Pope Francis officially expelled former cardinal Theodore McCarrick for a decades-long history of sexual abuse, Vatican officials announced on Saturday. McCarrick, who served as Archbishop of the Washington, DC diocese is the first cardinal believed to be expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse. Long-simmering rumors that McCarrick abused both minors and adult seminarians spilled into public view (paywall) in July 2018. According to reports, the rumors were made known to Church officials as early as 2004 but were kept secret. The news comes ahead of a four-day summit at the Vatican beginning Thursday, bringing global Church officials to discuss the abuse crisis. 

The Church also confirmed long-secret guidelines for when priests break celibacy vows and father children. 
Illinois Workplace Shooting
Details emerged about a man who opened fire at his workplace in the town of Aurora, Illinois, over the weekend, killing five coworkers and injuring six others. The victims included a 21-year-old intern on his first day of work. Officials said 45-year-old Gary Martin, who was shot and killed by police, began shooting at the Henry Pratt valve manufacturing plant immediately after being fired. Martin had six prior arrests, including for domestic battery, and officials concluded the Smith & Wesson revolver used by Martin was illegally owned. Five of the six injured were police officers.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture
> Kevin Durant wins MVP as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis 178-164 in NBA All-Star Game (More) | Hamidou Diallo wins slam dunk contest, Joe Harris tops Steph Curry to win 3-Point contest (More)
> Time's Up president and CEO Lisa Borders resigns just five months after leading the organization dedicated to fighting sexual harassment (More)
> Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500; Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finish 2nd and 3rd, only 2nd time in history a team swept top three positions (More)
Science & Technology
> New Medicare proposal would cover specialized, but expensive, CAR-T cancer therapies for clinics that participate in efficacy study (More) | Cancer immunotherapies explained (More)
> Study says depletion of Earth's magnetic field may have driven a mass extinction event around 565 million years ago (More)
> Report from UK parliament calls Facebook a "digital gangster", says company acted in bad faith with respect to users' data privacy (More)
Business & Markets
> US stock markets continue surge on Friday (S&P 500 +1.1%, Dow +1.7%, Nasdaq +0.6%) on US-China trade deal hopes (More)
> Payless Shoes to close all 2,100 stores in US & Puerto Rico, as e-commerce continues to disrupt brick & mortar retail (More)
> Ride-share giant Uber posts 2018 financials - $11.3B revenues up 43% year-over-year; lost $1.8B before taxes & other expenses, improvement from $2.2B loss in 2017 (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdraws from nomination as US Ambassador to the United Nations, citing personal reasons (More)
> Reports say Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will step down in mid-March (More)
> North Carolina investigators find evidence of significant fraud in US House election for 9th district; claims associate of winner Mark Harris (R) tampered with absentee ballots, among other irregularities (More)
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The Untapped Promise of LSD
The Walrus | Jason McBride. When LSD and other psychedelic drugs were declared illegal by the U.S. during the 1960s, research on how the substances affected the brain came to a screeching halt. Now scientists are reopening the case on psychedelic drugs, which hold answers to addiction and depression. (Read)
The Hidden History of Holocaust Money
Topic | Santi Elijah Holley. Despite the well-documented history of the Holocaust, the story of concentration camp currency has long gone untold. When it confiscated Jewish wealth, the Third Reich issued "premium" coupons which could only be used in concentration camps. See how this "camp money" was used to suppress and manipulate concentration camp populations. (Read)
Etcetera
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Watch Anthony Hamilton perform a stirring All-Star Game rendition of the national anthem
WWII soldier from iconic Times Square "kissing photo" passes away at age 95
23 of the most unforgettable final sentences in fiction (via The Washington Post). 
24-year-old woman becomes first openly autistic person to practice law in Florida.
6 stats that should surprise companies when dealing with office romances
 
This deserted Irish island is on sale for $1.4M, and comes with an abandoned monastery
The Handmaid's Tale filmed on the National Mall, and the photos are intense
Millennials would give up Instagram, go to jail in order to buy their dream home

Clickbait: Drunk woman kicked off flight demands videos of her go viral (w/ video). 
Historybook: Thomas Edison gets patent for the phonograph (1878); HBD musician Smokey Robinson (1940); Battle of Iwo Jima begins (1945); HBD musician Seal (1963); RIP To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee (2016).
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