3.5.2024

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SCOTUS Keeps Trump on Ballot

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday to restore former President Donald Trump’s name on Republican primary ballots. The ruling overturns a Colorado decision disqualifying Trump under the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause for his role in the events of Jan. 6, 2021. The court’s decision applies nationwide, including reversing decisions in Maine and Illinois.

 

The post-Civil War clause under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment bars anyone who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office. The Supreme Court ruled (see opinion) Congress alone can determine eligibility for federal office under the clause, citing Section 5, with states determining eligibility for state offices. The court sidestepped the question of whether Trump engaged in insurrection. 

 

The ruling came ahead of today’s Super Tuesday primaries, when Colorado and 14 other states, collectively responsible for 36% of all Republican delegates, head to the polls. If Trump were to win all the delegates (he has won roughly 83% to date), he will have secured roughly 94% of the delegates needed to become the Republican nominee. Track primary results here.

 

Haiti Jailbreak Fallout

Haiti has been under a three-day state of emergency amid clashes with armed gangs who are calling for Prime Minister Ariel Henry to resign. A curfew was initiated Sunday night after the gangs—who reportedly control 80% of the capital city of Port-au-Prince—stormed two prisons Saturday, killing at least 12 people and releasing an estimated 4,000 federal inmates.

 

The Caribbean nation of 11 million—the Western Hemisphere's poorest—has seen its security situation worsen since Prime Minister Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in 2021. Elections to replace Moïse have been postponed as a confederation of gangs led by former police officer Jimmy Chérizier (nicknamed "Barbecue") have consolidated control of the city in recent years. Prime Minister Henry defied a Feb. 7 deadline to step down and allow for new elections, prompting widespread demonstrations and the latest escalation in violence.

 

Henry's current whereabouts is unknown. He was in Kenya last week seeking military assistance as part of a UN Security Council-backed multinational security support mission in October. 

 

JetBlue Scraps Spirit Merger

JetBlue and Spirit Airlines announced they are terminating their $3.8B merger, citing the unlikelihood of meeting legal and regulatory approvals by the agreement's July deadline. The news follows a federal judge's block in January ruling the merger would have driven up fares for price-conscious travelers and hurt competition. The airlines appealed the decision, and a hearing had been set for June. JetBlue will pay Spirit a $69M termination fee (see 101). 

 

JetBlue initiated a takeover in 2022 after Spirit's deal with Frontier Airlines collapsed. Both airlines grapple with financial challenges, with JetBlue reporting declining revenue and Spirit addressing losses following the grounding of numerous aircraft in the past year due to engine problems. The merger would have created the fifth-largest airline in the US, giving the combined entity control of roughly 10% of the domestic market. American, United, Delta, and Southwest account for roughly 70% of the domestic market share.

 

The announcement raises questions about whether Alaska Airlines (the fifth-largest carrier) will be able to proceed with its proposed purchase of Hawaiian Airlines.

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Chris Mortensen, longtime NFL journalist for ESPN, dies at 72 (More) | Brit Turner, founding member of Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke, dies of cancer at 57 (More)

> Six-time NFL All-Pro center Jason Kelce retires after 13 seasons (More) | Denver Broncos to release nine-time Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson after just two seasons with the team (More)

> Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tapped to headline South by Southwest opening day panel; SXSW kicks off this Friday from Austin (More)

 

Science & Technology

> Google-backed Gravity Mobility opens the fastest electric vehicle charging stations in the US for public use; New York City stations can provide a 200-mile charge in five minutes (More) | AI startup Anthropic releases Claude 3, saying its new chatbot is more powerful than OpenAI's ChatGPT (More)

> Scientists grow organoids—miniature, three-dimensional structures that mimic key functions of different organs—from stem cells derived from the amniotic fluid of active pregnancies (More)

> Engineers create the world's smallest QR code; embedded pattern, with feature sizes close to one-thousandth of a millimeter, is only readable using infrared light (More)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.1%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq -0.4%) ahead of jobs report this week (More) | Tesla shares fall 7% amid declining sales in China (More

> Apple fined nearly $2B by the European Commission, which sided with Spotify in finding the App Store restricted competition for music-streaming apps; Apple expected to appeal fine, which represents 0.5% of its global annual revenue (More)

> Elon Musk sued by former Twitter executives for $128M in total unpaid severance, claiming Musk didn't have cause to fire them after his 2022 takeover (More) | Boeing sued for $1B in damages by Alaska Airlines passengers who experienced door blowout in January, citing the incident caused PTSD and physical injuries (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Israeli forces raid West Bank city of Ramallah, considered to be largest such operation in years (More) | UN report finds reasonable grounds to believe Hamas committed sexual violence in Oct. 7 raid, may be ongoing (More) | Red Sea underwater cables providing internet and telecommunications to a quarter of Asia, Europe, and Middle East damaged; no group has claimed responsibility (More

> France becomes first country in the world to codify the right to an abortion in its constitution (More) | First over-the-counter birth control pill to be available in US stores this month, comes after Food and Drug Administration's July approval (More)

> Jack Teixeira, former Massachusetts Air National Guard member, pleads guilty to classified military documents leak as part of 16-year plea deal (More) | Allen Weisselberg, former Trump Organization chief financial officer, pleads guilty to perjury in Trump's New York business fraud trial (More) | Supreme Court temporarily halts Texas law allowing police to arrest, deport migrants (More)

 

In-Depth

> Endangered Languages of NYC

NYT | Alex Carp. New York City is home to hundreds of languages on the verge of disappearing. One writer has spent 11 years documenting them. (Read)

 

> LeBron's Buckets

ESPN | Staff. An interactive look back at LeBron James' 40,000 points scored in the NBA, the first player to reach the milestone. (Read)

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Etcetera
 

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Historybook: Five American colonists shot by British troops in Boston Massacre (1770); Josef Stalin dies (1953); Singer Patsy Cline dies (1963); Actress Eva Mendes born (1974); Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dies (2013).

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