4.19.2019

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Need To Know.
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Mueller Report.
The Justice Department released the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election yesterday, ending one of the most highly-anticipated probes after nearly two years. The report (full text here) provides many underlying details while reiterating the conclusions provided by Attorney General William Barr in a March summary letter. Among the top findings were, though many contacts with Russia existed, Mueller’s team could not conclusively determine that members of the Trump campaign “tacit[ly] or express[ly]” coordinated to interfere in the election. Mueller further clarified that, though the Trump campaign “expected to benefit” from any Russian interference, the burden of evidence required more than Trump campaign associates acting in response to Russian actions or interests (see vol. I, p. 2). The report also showed that the team wrestled with at least 10 incidents of potential obstruction of justice - though Barr said he found the motives to be “non-corrupt”, and appears likely to decline prosecution. There were other juicy tidbits (rundown here), and as Trump hailed the findings, House Democrats said they wanted Mueller to publicly testify before Congress.

Congress had to overcome one final hurdle yesterday morning - the two-volume report was delivered on CDs.
Columbine 20th Anniversary.
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, in which two student shooters killed 13 and injured 21 before taking their own lives. It was the worst school attack in modern US history at the time and had far-ranging cultural impact - including driving a dramatic increase in school security as well as a foreshadowing of future school shootings. Since 1999, three mass shootings at US schools have surpassed the devastation at Columbine - the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 and injured 17; the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 children and 6 adults were killed; and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed and 17 injured. The attack also cemented anxiety over school violence in the public consciousness - a recent survey showed 63% of parents worry about school shootings.    

Read the Denver Post’s original coverage following the shooting from 1999, republished here.
March of the Unicorns.
Two high-flying Silicon Valley technology companies boomed in their public trading debut, signaling that investors are eager to get the so-called "Year of the Unicorn" underway. Pinterest, an image-sharing site with 256 million monthly active users, jumped 28 percent from its initial pricing at $19 per share on its first day of trading (what is an IPO?). The company was one-upped by lesser-known Zoom, a cloud-based videoconferencing service, which rose 72% on its first day, opening at $36 and closing at $62 per share. Pinterest ended up raising $1.4B in its debut, while Zoom raised $756M. The two companies' debuts come in advance of other high-profile tech startups on the verge of going public, including Uber, Slack, Postmates, Airbnb, and others. On the flip side, one of the first big tech IPOs of 2019 - ride-share giant Lyft - is being sued by investors after its stock dropped from an initial $72 to $58.36 per share.  
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> National Enquirer to be sold to newsstand mogul James Cohen of Hudson News for $100M (More
> Cannes Film Festival releases lineup; 2019 ties record for most female directors in the film competition (More)
> Rapper Lil Dicky drops Earth, a 7-minute animated music video to raise money for climate change awareness; features 32-artists including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, John Legend, and more (More)
Science & Technology.
> Cousin of CRISPR gene-editing technique found to cause unintended mutations in a cell’s RNA (More) | Gene-editing shows initial promise in curing "bubble boy" disease using HIV (More)
> New hacker group, dubbed “Sea Turtle” and likely state-backed, has allegedly hijacked entire internet domains of various governments, rerouting all traffic to spoofed sites on malicious servers (More)
> Initial reviews of Samsung’s highly-anticipated, $2000 foldable smartphone say devices are prone to cracking after a few days' use (More)
Business & Markets.
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> Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth to acquire US-based Acreage Holdings for $3.4B, but deal won't close until cannabis is legalized in US (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Investigation reveals electrical short-circuit is the likely cause of the fire that gutted Notre Dame Cathedral (More)
> North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin by end of April; trip follows collapse of talks with US (More)
> Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy remains in lead of Ukraine's presidential election, polling at 57.9% to 21.7% over incumbent Petro Poroshenko, with runoff set for Sunday (More)
Weekend Reads.
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The Truth About Dentistry.
Atlantic | Ferris Jabr. Over 60 percent of people say they get nervous about visiting the dentist. As an increasing number of practices are found with subpar safety standards and habits of carrying out unneeded procedures, they may be justified. (Read)
The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics.
Gizmodo | Ryan Mandelbaum. Superconductors - materials that conduct electricity with zero resistance - help power MRI machines and high-energy particle accelerators when cooled close to absolute zero. Now researchers may be closing in on one of science's holy grails - superconductors at room temperature. (Read)
 
Jerrod Mustaf Is a Community Hero. Has Anyone Ever Googled Him?
Sports Illustrated | Jon Wertheim. Most people know former NBA player Jerrod Mustaf for his work with underprivileged children. But to some, he is best remembered for potentially getting away with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. (Read)
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Historybook: Battles of Lexington and Concord begin the American Revolutionary War (1775); RIP Charles Darwin (1882); Boston Marathon held for 1st time (1897); HBD Maria Sharapova (1987); Oklahoma City bombing kills 168, including 19 children (1995).
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