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Caucus Day

Former President Donald Trump won the Republican caucus in the Hawkeye State yesterday, garnering 51% of the votes after caucusgoers faced icy temperatures and cast their ballots for the first test of the 2024 presidential primary season. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second place (21.2%), ahead of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (19.1%). Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (7.7%) ended his campaign and endorsed Trump. See full results here.

 

The Iowa caucus (see history) is typically recognized as having a pivotal role in shaping the outcome of presidential campaigns, either building or breaking a candidate's momentum. However, winners of the caucuses aren't always the eventual nominees of their party, as was the case in the GOP races in 2008, 2012, and 2016, and the Democratic race in 2020. See a breakdown here.

 

This year's fight to win the Iowa Republican caucus was the most expensive on record, with candidates' campaigns and affiliated political action committees pouring in more than $120M on ads in the state; Haley spent the most at $37M. Yesterday also marked the coldest caucus day on record, as an arctic blast swept across the US.

 

German Farmers Protest

German farmers continued weeklong protests in Berlin yesterday, with over 10,000 protesters and roughly 5,000 tractors blocking roads in the city's center. The protests stem from government plans first announced in December to end several farming subsidies to help fill a funding gap in this year's federal budget. 

 

Germany's three-party coalition found itself in need of $65B in November after a judge ruled their plan to allocate unused pandemic emergency funds in the budget was unconstitutional. To plug the gap, lawmakers abolished a 70-year-old tax break on farmers' diesel fuel, a move expected to cost farms an average of $3,300 annually. The plan also nixed subsidies on electric vehicles and solar energy earlier than planned. In light of the protests, the government reinstated some tax relief for farmers early this month.

 

The protests follow separate agricultural demonstrations in Spain, France, and the Netherlands in recent years as farmers respond to increased costs and weakening public support. 

 

Emmys Arrive

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson, returned last night after being postponed four months due to last year's Hollywood writers and actors strikes. 

 

HBO's "Succession" swept up six awards, including best drama (for the third time) and best actor and actress in a drama (Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook). FX's "The Bear" also nabbed six awards, including best comedy, best actor in a comedy (Jeremy Allen White), and best supporting actor and supporting actress in a comedy (Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Ayo Edebiri). Netflix's "Beef" picked up five awards, including best limited series and best actor and actress in a limited series (Steven Yeun and Ali Wong). 

 

Elton John won an Emmy for outstanding variety special for “Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium," achieving EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—status. "Abbott Elementary" star Quinta Brunson became the second Black woman to win best actress in a comedy. 

 

See the full list of winners here, along with the biggest snubs and surprises of the night here.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Miss Colorado Madison Marsh becomes first active-duty service member to be crowned Miss America in the pageant's 102-year history (More)

> FC Barcelona's Aitana Bonmatí and Inter Miami star Lionel Messi win FIFA Best Awards for top female and male soccer players (More)

> NFL Divisional Round bracket and schedule set after wild-card weekend wraps (More) | Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins wild-card matchup on Peacock sets US record for most-streamed live event with 23 million viewers (More)

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Science & Technology

> NASA and Lockheed Martin reveal the experimental X-59, a "quiet" supersonic jet capable of traveling at 1.4 times the speed of sound without creating a sonic boom (More) | Explore the aircraft here (More)

> Apple to drop blood oxygen sensor from flagship Apple Watch models, reports suggest, in effort to avoid import ban (More) | See previous write-up (More)

> Pacific coast kelp forests are at least 32 million years old, more than twice as old as previously thought; findings reverse theories on how the region's coastal ecosystems evolved (More)

 

Business & Markets

> Annual World Economic Forum kicks off in the small ski resort town of Davos, Switzerland, hosting government leaders, multinational CEOs, and global financiers (More

> Uber shuts down alcohol delivery service Drizly, which the rideshare company bought three years ago for $1.1B (More)

> Boeing announces changes to quality control process for 737 Max production line after midair blowout of door plug on 737 Max 9 model earlier this month; changes include increased inspections and independent third-party assessment (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Houthi militants fire ballistic missile, strike US-owned ship off the coast of Yemen as tensions continue to escalate in the Red Sea (More) | Iran's Revolutionary Guards launch strikes in northern Iraq and Syria, killing at least four people (More) | See 

updates on the Israel-Hamas war (More

> Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, 70, released from hospital after spending two weeks there for complications arising from a Dec. 22 surgery to treat prostate cancer (More)

> Pacific island nation of Nauru cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China, reducing the number of countries Taiwan shares full diplomatic relations with to 12 (More)

 

In-Depth

> The Future of Insulin

Grow by Ginko | McKenzie Prillaman. A look at the past and future of insulin, the diabetes treatment used by nearly 8.4 million people in the US, and scientists' goal of using our skin cells to engineer microscopic insulin pumps. (Read)

 

> A Whale of a Problem

NYT Magazine | Ferris Jabr. In 2019, a beluga whale named Hvaldimir was first spotted in Norway wearing a Russian-made camera harness, sparking speculation it could be a Russian spy tool. Now, no one can agree on what to do with the whale. (Read)

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Etcetera
 

Rare white penguin discovered in Antarctica.

 

Why landing on the moon is harder today than 50 years ago.

 

Women comprised the majority of law associates in 2023 for the first time.

 

How Princess Diana's walk through landmines sparked change.

 

Meet the pups competing in this year's Puppy Bowl XX.

 

Cartographer uses satellite data to show where the world's rivers go.

 

The Federal Highway Administration is done kidding around.

 

Indianapolis airport adds basketball court in the middle of a terminal

 

Clickbait: What would you name Chicago's newest rat hole?

 

Historybook: Hiram Revels, first African American to serve in Congress, dies (1901); 18th Amendment ratified, banning alcohol in the US (1919); R&B and pop singer Aaliyah born (1979); "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda born (1980); Persian Gulf War begins (1991).

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