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2.5.2019

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Need To Know.
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State of the Union.
President Trump is set to deliver the State of the Union address tonight from the US House chamber (9pm ET), his second since assuming office. The address is expected to emphasize the need to expand walls along the US-Mexico border - Trump has hinted that he will declare a national emergency to secure wall funding - while including areas of potential bipartisanship like infrastructure and drug prices. Trump is also expected to roll out a 10-year plan to end HIV transmission in the US. The address comes just two weeks after the end of a record-long, 35-day government shutdown - driven by a standoff over border wall funding - with a February 15th deadline to reach a compromise looming. 

Stacey Abrams, who lost a tight race for Georgia governor in the fall, will deliver the Democratic rebuttal. 
El Chapo Deliberations Begin.
After hearing over 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses, jury deliberations began today in the trial of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán. The jury will debate charges of international drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit murder, and gun and money laundering. The activities allegedly netted Guzman nearly $14B while head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, whose main business is shuttling hundreds of tons of cocaine from Colombia into the US. In addition to horrific violence, Guzman is known for escaping prison, having slipped from captivity in Mexican prisons in 2001 - sparking a 14-year manhunt - and again in 2015. Among other issues, the trial put a spotlight on rampant graft in Mexican law enforcement, which often aided Guzman - witnesses testified to a twice-paid, $10M bribe to a top federal police official.

See some of the top revelations from the case, including a carbon-fiber, drug-smuggling airplane that could evade radar. 
Northam Clings to Office.
Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam met with his cabinet yesterday amid mounting pressure to resign in the wake of racist photos that surfaced over the weekend. The photos, from Northam's personal 1984 med school yearbook page (see here), show a man in blackface standing next to a person in KKK garb. Northam apologized for the photos when initial reports surfaced, before saying that he didn't believe he was one of the people in the photo. Heightening the sense of crisis, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax - championed to assume office should Northam step down - fended off accusations of sexual assault that surfaced early yesterday. So far, Northam has dismissed calls to step down, saying he won't be labeled a "racist for life". 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Kristoff St. John, 9-time Daytime Emmy Award winner and Young and the Restless star, dies at 52 (More)
> Super Bowl LIII pulls in lowest TV ratings in a decade (More)
> Actor Liam Neeson sparks backlash over comments on race and rape while promoting new movie Cold Pursuit (More)
Science & Technology.
> Cancer rates are increasing in millennials for 6 of 12 obesity-related cancers, by 2.5% to 4.3% per year, depending on age range and cancer type (More)
> CEO Mark Zuckerberg marks Facebook's 15th anniversary with post lauding security, privacy investments (More) | Critics, supporters react (More)
> New program detects genetic material in blood samples from all known viruses capable of infecting humans, at low concentrations; may help prevent large-scale outbreaks before they occur (More)
Business & Markets.
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> Alphabet (Google parent) beats earnings expectations, but stock falls 3% in after-hours given increased costs and lower advertising prices (More)
> Papa John's pizza shares jump 10% after activist hedge fund invests $200M (More) | Gannett - owner of USA Today, Detroit Free Press & 100 other publications - rejects hostile takeover bid from newspaper holding company MNG Enterprises (More)
> Workplace communication platform Slack files for IPO via direct listing with 10M daily active users; valuation expected to be ~$10B (More) | What is a direct listing IPO? (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> President Trump nominates current interim chief, former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior (More) | Prosecutors issue subpoenas for Trump inaugural committee in spending probe (More)
> Pentagon report says ISIS is regrouping in Iraq after defeat in Syria, could be capable of gaining limited foothold in western Syria in 6-12 months (More)
> Pope Francis holds outdoor mass in the United Arab Emirates for estimated 180,000 people (More)
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In Depth.
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The Man Who Tried to Convert His Killers.
The Guardian | J Oliver Conroy. While the US still has the highest number of Christian missionaries going abroad, the locations they are choosing are becoming increasingly risky. After John Chau was killed last fall attempting to convert the remote Sentinelese people, the choice to try and contact an isolated tribe who clearly wanted to be left alone was both complex and reckless. (Read)
These Marines Were Falsely Accused of War Crimes. Twelve Years Later, They Have Vindication.
Washington Post | Andrew deGrandpre. In 2007, a group of elite Marines were removed from Afghanistan when unproven allegations of war crimes surfaced. The allegations, a fabrication by local Taliban members, claimed that the Marines had massacred innocent bystanders during an ambush. Though they were cleared one year later, the soldiers have spent years fighting the lies. (Read, paywall)
Etcetera.
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Ahead of the State of the Union, here are Americans' top policy priorities
 
Celebrations of the Lunar New Year begin, as billions welcome the Year of the Pig (w/ photos).
Online video game Fortnite hosted a virtual dance that tens of millions attended.
Why setting railroad tracks on fire in extreme cold actually works
Stunning footage of a diver encountering a massive manta ray
Hikers in Norway can take a break in this cabin built like a 3-D puzzle
That Feeling When: You nail faking a fall for insurance money, but there's a camera pointed directly at you
Remember the record-breaking Instagram egg? It was created by an advertiser
Canadian crypto exchange can't repay $137M after founder dies with only password
Clickbait: Man sells fake Super Bowl tickets to his own family
Historybook: HBD Hank Aaron (1934); HBD English actress Charlotte Rampling (1946); HBD Cristiano Ronaldo (1985); Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega indicted in Miami on drug charges (1988); Medgar Evers’ murderer convicted after 30 years (1994).
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