8.14.2018

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London Vehicle Attack.
Two people were injured after a motorist crashed into pedestrians and cyclists outside London's Parliament this morning. Police quickly locked down the scene, which was the site for a similar vehicle attack in March 2017 in which four people were killed. Officials have not determined the cause, though witnesses described the accident as "deliberate" saying that the car accelerated before the crash. The city has seen four vehicle-based terror attacks in less than 18 months, and the use of vehicles as weapons has become increasingly common across the world. Police took the driver into custody on suspicion of terrorism. 
Trump Signs Defense Bill.
President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 yesterday, passing into law one of the most important annual legislative packages. Because the bill authorizes military activities, it is one of the few regular appropriations bills to be passed each year - the $717B package for 2019 authorizes $639B in base budget for the Department of Defense and defense-related activities at the Department of Energy. It also gives about $70B in what's called the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account - the equivalent of a war slush fund whose line item used to be simply called "The Global War On Terror" until 2009 when the name was switched. Because the bill is almost guaranteed to pass each year, recent versions have included provisions only peripherally related to the Defense Department, like a potential ban on federal protections for the greater sage grouse (a declining bird population in the high plains). 

Here's a list of all the new equipment the American military will receive under the bill. 
West Virginia Impeaches 4 State Justices.
In an unprecedented move, the West Virginia legislature voted to impeach all four of its sitting state Supreme Court Justices. The charges are focused on extravagant spending, particularly around office renovations - each justice spent between $100,000 and $500,000 to upgrade their offices. One judge in particular, Allen Loughry, is currently under indictment on over 20 federal charges that include obstruction of justice and using government vehicles for personal use. The judges also signed off on higher payments for other senior judges that lawmakers say violated the state's overpayment rules. The State Senate and House of Representatives are under Republican control, and Gov. Jim Justice (R) can appoint new justices to replace any who are removed - with no requirement that they come from the same party as the previous judge. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> 10x NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony signs 1-year, $2.4M deal with Houston Rockets (More)
> House of Cards star Robin Wright marries fashion exec Clement Giraudet (More)
> Baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb & other greats sells for $620K at auction; most expensive signed baseball ever sold (More)
Science & Technology.
> Advance that combines virtual reality with artificial sensations allows amputees to regain the sense of feeling in limbs (More)
> Report reveals that Google tracks location data even when users generally assume they had disabled the tracking function (More)
> Study reverses consensus on Easter Island collapse, say civilization was peaceful and sophisticated (More)
Business & Markets.
> Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects 3.1% GDP growth for 2018; rate to slow in 2019 (More)
> Elon Musk provides details regarding Tesla take-private tweets - identifies Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund as funding source (More)
> Andreessen Horowitz - one of the top venture capital funds in the world - launches new fund aimed at increasing diversity; includes Will Smith, Kevin Durant, among others (More, paywall)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Tit-for-tat between President Trump and former aide Omarosa escalates ahead of book release (More)
> FBI agent who criticized then-candidate Trump via text message fired by agency (More)
> 100 Afghan soldiers, 20 civilians estimated killed in battle against Taliban for key eastern provincial city of Ghanzi; city is home to 270,000 and controls key highway towards southern provinces (More)
In Depth.
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Snapchat Dysmorphia.
Vox | Julia Belluz. As Snapchat and Instagram filters become more popular, millennials are undergoing plastic surgery and injections in order to look more like the edited photos of themselves. But Snapchat dysmorphia is more than a fashion trend, it's yet another instance of social media having negative psychological effects
Inside the Poisoning of a Russian Double Agent.
GQ | Tom Lamont. Sergei Skripal - a 66-year-old Russian double agent who worked for the British - was poisoned with a nerve agent when he was deep into his retirement. See how an international assassination might really have been about domestic Russian politics
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Historybook: Historybook: HBD Steve Martin (1945); HBD Magic Johnson (1959); HBD Halle Berry (1966); Blackout in US, Canada affects 53 million (2003, see photo gallery); US embassy in Cuba opens for 1st time in 54 years (2015).
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