2.27.2019

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Need To Know.
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Trump-Kim Part II.
A second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gets underway today in Vietnam. In the eight months since the historic 2018 meeting, the North has made little concrete progress towards its stated goal of denuclearization - Trump will likely look to lock in specifics during this round. While North Korea hasn't conducted missile tests since late 2017, the US wants a full dismantling - with verification - of the country's nuclear program. Many experts say the North is unlikely to proceed until the nearly 28,500 US troops are removed from the Korean Peninsula (if then), and will likely seek incremental concessions from the US, beginning with lifting current economic sanctions. Regardless of the outcome, the Trump-Kim relationship has blossomed since 2017, when the two repeatedly referred to each other as "Dotard" and "Rocket Man."

Check out the fraught history of the Korean Peninsula through 40 maps
Cohen Testifies.
Back in the US, Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is set to publicly testify to the House Oversight Committee this morning. Reports say that Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for financial fraud and campaign finance violations, will provide documents that implicate the president in hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign. Because the payments could be construed as services for an electoral candidate (and exceeded the $2,700 ceiling), the transactions potentially violated campaign finance laws. Cohen will also address rumors that Trump asked him to lie about business dealings with Russia during the election - a report rebuked by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a rare public statement. You can read his opening statement in advance and stream the hearing from the committee's website beginning at 10 am. 

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Chicago Mayoral Runoff.
Chicago will elect its first black woman as mayor after two candidates advanced in a crowded field yesterday. Lori Lightfoot, a federal prosecutor in northern Illinois who has never held elected office, received 17.5% (90,176 votes) of the vote, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won 16% (82,320 votes). Since neither came close to passing the 50% mark needed to avoid a runoff, the two will face off in a special election on April 2nd. Both beat out William Daley (14.8%, 76,230 votes), a former White House Chief of Staff under President Obama and member of one of the city's most well-known families. The results were seen as a rebuke to the two-term tenure of current mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who incidentally also served as Obama's Chief of Staff before Daley. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Jenna Bush Hager, George W. Bush's daughter, named as Kathie Lee Gifford's replacement to co-host Today show (More)
> Former NBA star Mike Bibby removed as high school coach after a fellow teacher accused Bibby of sexual assault (More)
> Drake named world's best-selling artist of 2018 with South Korean pop band BTS and Ed Sheeran rounding out the top 3; see full top 10 list (More)
Science & Technology.
> CRISPR-based gene therapy, in which modified bone marrow stem cells are injected back into bloodstream, used to treat patient with beta thalassemia; represents first patient trial of CRISPR tech by Western companies (More) | CRISPR 101 (More)
> Scientists demonstrate method to turn CO2 back into coal at room temperature, providing new method of carbon capture (More)
> Danish study shows a whopping 55% decrease in risk of developing mental health disorders later in life when children grow up around green spaces (More)
Business & Markets.
> Federal appeals court clears AT&T’s $81B takeover of Time Warner, rejecting case the combined business will reduce competition (More) | 7 drugmaker executives - Merck, Pfizer, etc. - testify before Senate Finance Committee on lowering drug prices (More)
> US consumer confidence index improves to highest level in 18 years following government shutdown (More)
> Fiat Chrysler to invest $4.5B to build SUVs in greater Detroit, adding 6,500 jobs (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Pakistan shoots down two Indian jets as India conducts retaliatory strike in disputed Kashmir region (More)
> Mark Harris (R) drops out of NC-9 special election following fraud investigation; Harris led vote count during midterm election, but race was never certified due to allegations of absentee ballot tampering (More)
> House passes resolution blocking President Trump's national emergency declaration at the US border; Senate must vote on measure within 18 days, three Republican Senators say they support it (More)
Etcetera.
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Historybook: HBD John Steinbeck (1902); RIP behavioral scientist Ivan Pavlov (1936); 22nd Amendment is ratified (1951); HBD Elizabeth Taylor (1932); RIP Mister Rogers (2003).
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