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Next Up—New Hampshire

The second nominating contest of the 2024 presidential election cycle takes place today in New Hampshire. 

 

The Republican primary has whittled down to a match between former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' exit from the race. An average of all New Hampshire polls shows Trump with about 52% of the vote, while Haley trails behind him with close to 37%. The state's primary is also open to independent voters, whom Haley is hoping to woo. See poll averages here. See all polling data here.

 

On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden is the first sitting president running for reelection not to appear on New Hampshire's primary ballot. The Democratic National Committee designated South Carolina as its first primary for 2024 on Feb. 3, rather than sticking with New Hampshire, which has held the first primary for decades as mandated by a 1975 state law. New Hampshire disagreed with the DNC's change to the primary schedule and decided to proceed with its Democratic primary without Biden on the ballot. See an overview here.

 

Biden's supporters are pushing for a write-in campaign. However, some voters have received robocalls mimicking Biden, deterring them from voting today. 

 

Malaria Milestone

Cameroon initiated the world's first routine malaria vaccine program for children yesterday amid a resurgence of the mosquito-borne disease in recent years. More than 250,000 children over the age of 5 months are expected to receive the four-dose vaccine this year, as 19 other African countries make plans to follow suit. 

 

Malaria is an illness caused by the microscopic Plasmodium parasite, which infects and destroys red blood cells (watch overview). Over 200 million people are diagnosed annually, and roughly 600,000 die as a result, nearly 80% of whom are children. Almost all cases arise in sub-Saharan Africa, though the US recorded its first local cases in decades last year. See more data here.

 

The vaccines—created over 30 years ago and first approved in 2021—have shown roughly 30% efficacy in reducing or averting symptoms in Phase 3 clinical trials. Officials claim a combination of antimalarial drugs, vaccines, and the use of mosquito nets is the most effective approach. 

 

India's Ram Temple

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a Hindu temple in the city of Ayodhya yesterday, with the dedication ceremony acting as an unofficial launch to the Hindu nationalist leader’s reelection campaign ahead of scheduled general elections this year.

 

The temple, built over 70 acres on a site that many Hindus believe is the birthplace of the deity Ram, is estimated to have cost nearly $217M and was reportedly funded by private donations. The 16th-century Babri Mosque was previously on the site before the mosque's destruction in 1992 by Hindu activists, which led to severe religious riots that claimed over 2,000 lives. India's Supreme Court in 2019 ruled in favor of a new Hindu temple on the site and gave 5 acres of nearby land for a new mosque to be built. India's Muslim population makes up around 204 million of the country's 1.4 billion people. See a timeline here.

 

Many opposition parties boycotted the event, expressing concerns about its compatibility with secular principles.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> The 2024 Academy Award nominations announced this morning (8:30 am ET); see how to watch livestream (More) | Sexual assault complaint against French actor Gérard Depardieu dismissed due to statute of limitations (More)

> Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg reveals prostate cancer diagnosis (More) | Dexter Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s youngest son, dies at 62 (More)

Sony terminates planned $10B merger with Indian media giant Zee; merger would have combined 70 TV channels, two streaming services, and two film studios (More)

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Science & Technology

> Google, AT&T, and Vodafone invest more than $200M in AST SpaceMobile, a startup seeking to compete with Starlink's recently unveiled satellite-to-smartphone service (More)

> Repurposed cancer drug shown to reduce kidney cysts, may offer new treatment for polycystic kidney disease; heritable condition affects around 12 million people worldwide, typically requires dialysis or organ transplant (More)

> Brain study suggests forgetting memories is an active process, with neurons encoding specific memories put into a dormant state that can be revived or updated (More) | How the brain stores memories (More, via YouTube)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close up (S&P 500 +0.2%, Dow +0.4%, Nasdaq +0.3%); S&P 500 and Dow climb to new all-time highs as stock rally continues (More

Archer Daniels Midland shares fall 24% after chief financial officer placed on leave amid accounting probe (More) | Macy's rejects $5.8B takeover bid from investment firms Arkhouse Management, Brigade Capital Management (More

> Federal Aviation Administration recommends door plug inspections on Boeing 737-900ER model (roughly 350 US-operated planes) due to similarities to 737 Max 9 model involved in Alaska Airlines blowout (More

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Israel proposes two-month pause in fighting in Gaza as part of multiphase deal to release all remaining hostages in Hamas' captivity (More) | Two US Navy SEALs presumed dead after going missing during operation to intercept Iranian missiles (More) | US, British forces strike Houthi sites in Yemen (More

> Supreme Court grants Biden administration request for Border Patrol agents to remove state-built razor wire along Texas-Mexico border (More) | Biden administration announces initiatives to expand reproductive healthcare access (More) | North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) won't seek third term (More)

> California Faculty Association, representing 29,000 faculty members of the 23-campus California State University system, begins five-day strike over pay; walkout is the largest university faculty strike in US history (More

 

In-Depth

> The Juror Who Found Herself Guilty

Texas Monthly | Michael Hall. In 1990, a juror was pressured into wrongfully sending a man to life in prison. Almost three decades later, she decided to right her wrong. (Read)

 

> Higher Ed Mental Health Crisis

NYT Mag | Jordan Kisner. Seven students died at a college in Massachusetts over a six-month period. As studies show over half of US college students now report depression, anxiety, or suicidal feelings, how do campuses deal with the mental health of their students? (Read)

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Historybook: American statesman John Hancock born (1737); The US and Vietnam reach peace settlement (1973); Athlete, artist, and activist Paul Robeson dies (1976); Salvador Dalí dies (1989); Madeleine Albright becomes first US female secretary of state (1997).

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