2.6.2020

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Need to Know
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Trump Acquitted
The Senate voted to acquit President Trump on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress yesterday, bringing to an end the third impeachment trial in US history. The outcome was widely anticipated with the only question being which, if any, party members would break ranks, particularly swing-state candidates facing tight 2020 races like Sens. Doug Jones (D-AL) and Cory Gardner (R-CO). Ultimately the lone dissenter was Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who voted to convict the president on the abuse of power charge following an impassioned floor speech (watch here), but voted to acquit on charges of obstruction. The vote makes Romney the first senator in any of the three impeachment trials - including Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868 - to vote against a president who was a member of the same party. 

The trial ended on a bipartisan note, with applause for Chief Justice John Roberts who presided over the hearings.
Tesla's Wild Ride
Shares of electric carmaker Tesla dropped 17% yesterday following news that vehicle deliveries slated for February would be delayed as its Shanghai factory remains closed in the face of China's coronavirus outbreak. It was the stock's biggest drop since November 2013 and followed a meteoric 45% rise since Jan. 30. Analysts believe the previous spike was largely driven by fear of missing out on the company as it positioned itself as the global leader in a burgeoning electric vehicle market that saw 60% growth between 2018 and 2019. Even with the drop, the company is valued at more than $130B, compared to General Motors' $50B and Ford's $33B. The plunge was not mirrored by broader markets, who shrugged off fears of extended impact from the new virus; the Dow Jones rose 1.7%, the S&P 500 was up 1.1%, and the Nasdaq rose 0.4%. 
Turkey Sends Militants to Libya
Militants previously affiliated with groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda have been deployed by Turkey to fight in Libya on behalf of the United Nations-backed government, sources said yesterday. The news is the latest twist in the messy and prolonged civil war that broke out in the aftermath of the ouster of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The current fighting broke out following a 2014 parliamentary election that saw 18% voter turnout and pushed Islamist factions from power (see 101). Since then, almost 9,000 people have been killed and more than 250,000 people displaced, with the formal government facing an insurgent campaign by the Libyan National Army. The war-torn country has become a proxy battleground for a larger power struggle in the region, with Turkey backing the government and Russia covertly backing the LNA. The rest of the international community has called for peace talks, an effort that has yielded minimal success so far.

Editor's Note: Yesterday we mistakenly referred to the medal awarded by President Trump to Rush Limbaugh as the Medal of Honor, which is the nation's highest military honor (see history). In fact, Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a civilian honor. Thanks to readers for pointing out the error!
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> Hollywood legend and three-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Kirk Douglas dies at 103 (More) | Entertainment industry reacts to Douglas' death (More)
> Spotify to purchase The Ringer and its 30+ podcasts; the Bill Simmons-owned sports and culture website is the fourth podcast-focused acquisition Spotify has made this year (More)
> Viola Davis to be cast as Michelle Obama in "First Ladies," a new Showtime drama; the series will also focus on Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford (More)
Science & Technology
> Largest-ever study of entire tumor genomes reveals how DNA errors drive tumor growth; study demonstrates how individual tumors could be sequenced to personalize treatments at the molecular level (More)
> Colombia's newly appointed science minister sparks controversy with claims that she extracted a compound from a fungus capable of treating cancer (More)
> Scientists unravel the processes in the first few nanoseconds of photosynthesis, when an electron absorbs incoming light; engineered protein allows selective control of initial electron transfer mechanisms (More)
Business & Markets
> Bernard Madoff seeks early release from prison as lawyer claims he’s dying from kidney failure and has less than 18 months to live (More)
> LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner to step down after 11 years, will become executive chairman (More)
> Online mattress retailer Casper prices IPO at $470M valuation, well beneath its last private valuation of $1.1B (More)

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> Pete Buttigieg holds slight (26.2%) lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (26.1%) in Iowa caucuses with 97% of precincts reporting (More) | Biden campaign fires Iowa field director after finishing fourth (More)
> At least 33 killed and 53 injured after avalanche in eastern Turkey wipes out rescue team searching for victims of an earlier avalanche (More) | Three dead, 179 injured after plane skids off runway in Istanbul (More)
> Coronavirus deaths rise to at least 563 with more than 28,000 confirmed cases; 80% of total deaths concentrated in China's Hubei Province (More)
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One Tent Pole Away From Death
Outside | Colin O'Brady. During his trek to become the first person to cross the Antarctic landmass alone - done without any resupply missions - Colin O'Brady had more than a few close encounters with death. Even rest is dangerous, with howling wind threatening to blow away his tent at any moment. (Read)
How Nike Broke Running
Wired | Matt Burgess. Nike's new Vaporfly Next% shoes are so advanced, with shock-absorbing materials that make runners 4% more efficient, they were nearly banned in the upcoming 2020 Olympics. They survived the ban, but the marriage of technology and athletic equipment has changed running - and sports - forever. (Read)
 
 
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Etcetera
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Study shows a universal distrust in social media.
Check out the view from inside a coronavirus quarantine.
...and officials strand a cruise ship full of infected passengers.
How to explain why you were fired.
Disney fines school after showing "The Lion King" at a fundraiser.
Kim and Kanye's home has no boundaries (almost literally).
Don't miss the year's first supermoon, dubbed the snow moon.
Soon you'll close your wounds with yarn made from human skin.
Clickbait: Pair arrested carrying drugs in bag labeled "bag full of drugs."
Historybook: Babe Ruth born (1895); Ronald Reagan born (1911); Bob Marley born (1945); King George VI dies, Elizabeth II becomes Queen (1952); HBD Rick Astley (1966); RIP Arthur Ashe (1993).
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