3.21.2019

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EU Extends Brexit (With Conditions).
Leaders from the European Union tentatively agreed to British Prime Minister Theresa May's request to extend the deadline for the United Kingdom to break with the EU, with one major caveat - British lawmakers must approve May's package guiding the withdrawal. As is, the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29th, with or without a deal that guides travel, trade, immigration, and more between countries. The move by the EU appears calculated to pressure British lawmakers, who have twice rejected May's package. Parliament is split between three outcomes - pursuing a no-deal Brexit, holding another national referendum on whether to reverse the decision to leave, or modifying the withdrawal package. There isn't much clarity on how the different scenarios will impact the economy, though economists have predicted a drop in GDP by anywhere from 3% to 9% over 15 years depending on how things settle. 
New Zealand Gun Ban.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced sweeping changes to the country's gun laws, proposing a ban on assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons. The announcement was quickly supported by lawmakers, including the country's opposition party. The move follows a deadly mass shooting by 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 and injured 50 others during an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Tarrant reportedly purchased a number of guns and ammo online from a local store, though not the specific weapon used in the attack. Tarrant, an avowed white supremacist, buried a barrage of internet memes in a 73-page manifesto he posted to the notorious message board 8chan prior to livestreaming the attacks. 

New Zealand, considered one of the most peaceful countries, averages between 40 and 50 total homicides per year. 
Mueller Report to go Public.
President Trump signaled yesterday that the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential Russian meddling should be made public when ready. It is up to new Attorney General William Barr on how much information to pass to Congress - Barr fueled speculation during his confirmation hearings that the Justice Department needed to “maintain flexibility” pending final review of the report. Three members of Mueller’s team have confirmed plans to depart the investigation in recent weeks, leading many to conclude the report is almost finished. A recent poll showed about 60% of Americans were at least somewhat confident the investigation was handled fairly.

Separately, GOP Senators publicly pushed back on recent criticism by Trump of their former colleague John McCain.
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Science & Technology.
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Business & Markets.
> Federal Reserve Chairman Powell holds interest rates, projects no additional rate hikes for remainder of 2019 (More)
> European regulators fine Google $1.7B in antitrust case involving online ad placement (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.
> Notoriously silent Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asks question during oral arguments for just the second time in a decade; asks defense who they struck from a jury pool during their defendant's murder trial (More)
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The Evolution of Memes.
Complex | Perry Kostidakis. At one point, meme culture consisted of odd pictures circulated by a dedicated few who found them entertaining. Today, memes are one of the main mediums of online communication and they extend into our most niche communities. They also tend to be ridiculous, so how did they become a centerpiece of online culture? (Read)
A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You by CRISPR.
Wired | Gregory Barber. Because ranchers in the beef industry want more meat for their dollar, they often prefer male cows. And when females are born, it's often cheaper to have them killed than to raise them fully. But gene editing technology has made it possible to create an all-male newborn population, which would eliminate waste from many industries. (Read)
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Science thinks it may know why times flies as we get older.

There’s a three-way tie for the most expensive city in the world.

5 facts about vaccines in the US (via Pew Research).

How listening to music makes you more productive.

New report says teen happiness decreases with more time spent online.

...and check out the rest of the 2019 World Happiness Report.

Outdoor light installation takes viewers on a trip through the stars.

Game of Thrones-themed wine is here, straight from the Seven Kingdoms.

Clickbait: Parkour attempt ends in most humiliating way possible.
Historybook: RIP Pocahontas (1617); Charles Lindbergh receives Medal of Honor for 1st solo trans-Atlantic flight (1928); HBD Matthew Broderick (1962); US announces boycott of Summer Olympics in Moscow (1980); HBD Twitter (2006).
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