3.6.2020

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Need to Know
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Warren Exits Race
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suspended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination yesterday, citing a poor Super Tuesday performance in which she failed to finish higher than third in any of the 14 state contests. Known as a liberal policy wonk, Warren made heavy investments in early voting states but fought for breathing room with fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), finishing third in Iowa, fourth in Nevada, and fifth in South Carolina. The announcement caps a long gradual decline from near front-runner status last fall (polls over time) and effectively creates a two-person race between Sanders and Joe Biden heading into six more state contests March 10. Warren, whose support is highly sought after by both Biden and Sanders, said she would not make an immediate endorsement.

Ever wonder what happens to a candidate's delegates when they drop out? Here's a good explainer ($$, WashPo).
Former Union Boss Indicted
Federal officials indicted Gary Jones, the former head of the United Auto Workers, yesterday over allegations he embezzled union funds to support an extravagant personal lifestyle. Jones becomes the highest-ranking union official to face charges as a result of the five-year probe, in which several union officers and executives from Fiat Chrysler have already pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say Jones and other UAW executives set up accounts related to legitimate conferences, from which they then funneled money away for golf outings, luxury items, and other personal expenses. The allegations stretch back to 2010, before Jones' election as president in 2016, and come in parallel to separate allegations that UAW officials had set up a kickback scheme with companies that supplied materials for union events. 

Prosecutors hinted at the possibility of the federal government taking control of the UAW once the cases end.
Sanctuary City Squeeze
President Trump said yesterday his administration would begin withholding federal funds from self-described sanctuary cities following a federal appeals court decision upholding the move. It is the latest front in a battle between a White House seeking to crack down on illegal immigration and city jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration officials (sanctuary city 101). At issue is the distribution of Byrne grants, which provide federal funding for a wide array of law enforcement training and provisions, with more than $430M each year distributed across the country based on population and crime rate (deep dive here). A number of states challenged the order back in 2017, with various cases moving through the courts since then. Three other federal appeals courts had blocked the move, with the case likely headed to the Supreme Court. 
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In the Know
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> Singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom make surprise reveal of pregnancy in Perry's new music video for "Never Worn White" (More)
> Longtime Nashville resident Taylor Swift donates $1M to Tennessee tornado relief effort; string of storms killed at least 24 late Tuesday night (More)
> College basketball regular season wraps up this weekend, see previews of all the conference tournaments (More) | … and check out the latest predictions for March Madness brackets (More)
Science & Technology
> Scientists make first observation of water-splitting at the nanometer scale; understanding details of the splitting process is key for efficient production of hydrogen fuel (More)
> Report says police technology company Wolfcom is actively testing AI-based real-time facial recognition through its body cameras with at least one police department (More)
> Court upholds $179M judgment against ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski for breach of contract after leaving in 2016 to launch competing self-driving vehicle company later acquired by Uber (More)
Business & Markets
> US stock markets whiplash back down (S&P 500 -3.4%, Dow -3.6%, Nasdaq -3.1%) on continued coronavirus fears, the sixth time in past two weeks markets have moved up or down 3% (More)
> JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon recovering following emergency heart surgery (More)
> British regional airline Flybe collapses as travel demand falls from the coronavirus (More) | Art Van Furniture, the largest furniture retailer in the US Midwest, to shut down and liquidate inventory (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Officials hold a Grand Princess cruise ship off the California coast until nearly 3,500 passengers and staff can be tested for the coronavirus (More) | Confirmed US deaths inch up to 12 with 233 confirmed cases (More)
> Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announce cease-fire in northern Syrian province of Idlib (More)
> International Criminal Court authorizes investigation into war crimes by both the US and Taliban stemming from the war in Afghanistan (More)
Weekend Reads
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This Backpack Has It All
The Verge | Ashley Carman. One of the most popular Kickstarter projects in recent memory, the iBackpack had it all: kevlar fabric, Wi-Fi, high-powered batteries, and a slew of federal and state lawsuits. (Read)
The Future of Basketball
Bleacher Report | David Gardner. One of the best basketball players in high school brings a brash, trash-talking swagger to the court and hasn't lost in two years. Her name? Paige Bueckers. (Read)
America's UFO Obsession
Wired | Sarah Scoles. A pilot's 1947 report of nine saucer-like objects moving unlike anything at the time pushed UFOs into the public consciousness. Seven decades later, paranoia and fascination with UFOs has become part of American culture. (Read, $$)
Invisible City
The Guardian | Tom Lamont. After decades of living with chronic homelessness, one man decided to go underground - literally. (Read)
 
 
Etcetera
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Set your clocks forward this weekend, unless you're in Hawaii or Arizona.
... and why daylight saving time is the absolute worst.
Ahead of International Women's Day (Sunday), check out Time's 100 Women of the past 100 Years.
Roughly one in eight women around the world are single moms.
... and most working moms in the US handle the household chores
Twitter is testing disappearing tweets, appropriately called "fleets."
Watch a fish score a goal inside a soccer-themed fish tank
This first grade teacher dressed up as a different leader during each day of Black History Month.
Clickbait: Woman waters beautiful plant for two years before discovering it's plastic.
Historybook: Michelangelo born (1475); Davy Crockett and 186 others are killed at the Battle of the Alamo (1836); Aspirin is patented (1899); HBD Shaquille O’Neal (1972); RIP Georgia O’Keeffe (1986).
You made it. Have a great weekend.
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- Shaquille O’Neal
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