2.20.2019

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Thank U, Next.
Ariana Grande made music history this week, becoming the first female artist to have songs holding the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time. The songs (7 Rings; Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored; and the title track Thank U, Next) have led a dominating performance by the pop star's fifth album, which also broke the record for most simultaneous Top 40 hits, with 11. If that weren't enough, the album crushed Spotify and Apple Music records for highest streaming volume during an opening day. Grande is just the second act ever to grab the top three spots - the first was The Beatles in 1964, when Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, and Do You Want to Know a Secret topped the charts. 

Oh yeah, and Grande picked up a Grammy last week for her previous album, Sweetener. 
Terrorist Watch List.
The US government confirmed yesterday that it has shared its official terrorist watch list with at least 1,400 private entities, including police forces at hospitals and universitiesIt is the first time that the government has publicly acknowledged that the list, which is officially known as the Terrorism Screening Database and is managed by the FBI, has been shared with groups outside the government. While the exact numbers are not readily available (see how the database works), the list contains upwards of 1.5 million people, about 25,000 of whom are US citizens. According to reports, nearly 1,600 new names are nominated to be on the list daily, and the list has been criticized for including errors and lacking a process to appeal additions. 
FBI Probes Smollett Case.
According to reports, the FBI is investigating whether Empire actor Jussie Smollett sent a threatening letter to himself in a prelude to a supposed violent attack against the actor. The revelations are the latest twist in a saga that has left many speculating whether a January attack on Smollett actually occurred. The actor called police in January after being jumped by two people allegedly yelling racial and homophobic slurs (timeline here). Video of the incident showed two men attacking Smollett, but after being apprehended by police they alleged that Smollett paid them to stage the attack. Smollett's attorney subsequently confirmed that one of the men was the actor's former personal trainer. While Smollett has vigorously denied the allegations, the actor's role in Empire has been slashed while the case unfolds, and Smollett faces prison time should the allegations prove true.  
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Karl Lagerfeld, iconic fashion designer for Fendi and Chanel, dies at 85 (More)
> Teen at center of Lincoln Memorial standoff with Native American protester sues The Washington Post for $250M, saying the paper vilified him based on incomplete video footage (More)
> San Diego Padres sign Manny Machado to 10-year, $300M deal; largest free agent contract in history (More) | Don Newcombe, former National League MVP and Dodgers legend, dies at 92 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Tesla CEO Elon Musk says company's self-driving technologies will be fully available in cars by end of 2019 (More)
> Researchers decode the entire genome of the great white shark; will give insight into the evolutionary history of the apex predator (More)
> President Trump signs directive to officially create Space Force as part of the Defense Department; would need congressional approval to be fully realized (More)
Business & Markets.
> Walmart sees strongest holiday quarter in over a decade with strong e-commerce and in-store sales, shares up 2% (More)
> Ford to close oldest plant in Brazil & exit commercial trucking business in South America, shares up 3% (More)
> Owner of NHL's Carolina Hurricanes franchise invests $250M in Alliance of American Football (AAF), to become chairman of league (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announces 2020 run (More) | Campaign says they raised nearly $4M in first half-day of fundraising (More)
> West Virginia teachers hold second strike in just over a year; new walkouts over pending education legislation that would create charter schools (More)
> White House to nominate Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General (More)
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Record-high number of Americans say government is the country's biggest problem.
 
US women are now more educated as a group than men, but lag in the workforce

Both liberals and conservatives believe fake news, but for different reasons

Photos of last night's snow moon, the year's brightest supermoon
This year's flu shot is over 60% effective for children, and that's considered good.
New grads have lofty expectations for starting salaries
See photos from this year's eclectic Venice Carnival.
France officially recognizes the sport of competitive lightsaber dueling.
A weekend snowstorm caused an unbelievable highway pileup (video via Twitter). 
Clickbait: Campaign event interrupted by woman "just trying to get some ranch"
Historybook: RIP Frederick Douglass (1895); HBD Sidney Poitier (1927); John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (1962); HBD Kurt Cobain (1967); HBD Rihanna (1988).
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