☕ Cover Shot: Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, walks away with a win in New Hampshire.
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📌 BULLETIN BOARD
ICYMI: Actor Macaulay Culkin has decided to legally change his middle name to “Macaulay Culkin”. His new name will be Macaulay “Macaulay Culkin” Culkin.
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. From POLITICO: “The biggest stories from New Hampshire are, in rough order, the Biden-Warren collapse, Sanders’ underwhelming performance, Klobuchar’s surge into third, and Buttigieg’s compelling second-place finish.” Big Picture per the AP: “The New Hampshire vote gives new clarity to a Democratic contest shaping up to be a battle between two men separated by four decades in age and clashing political ideologies”, Sanders and Buttigieg. Here’s what each side had to say:
- On the right: “Why Bernie Sanders’s New Hampshire primary win should terrify you” Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner: “In just three years, Sanders went from a fringe radical to one of the leaders of the Democratic Party. That should terrify every person who believes in capitalism in any form, supports the limits of our constitutional system, and fears unchecked executive power.”
- On the left: “Bernie The Electable“, David Faris, The Week: “… rather than risk alienating young Democrats and independent voters by seeking refuge in the comfort of a Michael Bloomberg or an Amy Klobuchar, party elites should instead stop worrying and learn to feel the Bern. All available evidence suggests that he’s a very good bet to defeat the president.”
For what it’s worth: Sanders beat Buttigieg by roughly 3,600 votes. POLITICO notes: “Don’t count any of them out just yet. There’s a long race ahead.”
U.S. Household Size, at a Record Low, May Finally Be Bottoming Out
The average U.S. household had 2.52 people in 2019, the Census Bureau estimates. Why it matters: That’s the country’s lowest size ever. It’s precisely half of the number in 1880 and down a quarter from the Baby Boom-era average of 3.36. Big Picture: While decreasing marriages and childbirth have helped propel the trend, it may also be bottoming out Cate Chapman of LinkedIn notes. “Declines in household size are slowing, while another census survey shows them beginning to expand again — fueled by high real estate prices and housing stock built for bigger households. By the Numbers: Maine has the smallest average household, at 2.28 people. Utah has the biggest, at 3.12. Outside the U.S., Germany had the smallest, at 1.99. – Bloomberg / LinkedIn
No Stones About It
On Tuesday the Department of Justice asked a federal court to reduce the seven to nine-year prison sentence it initially recommended for Roger Stone, a Trump associate for over three decades. As a result, the entire team prosecuting Stone abruptly resigned sparking questions about potential White House interference at the agency. Big Picture, courtesy of The Hill: “The stunning reversal came less than 24 hours after career DOJ prosecutors said the longtime adviser to President Trump deserved a lengthy prison term. And the department’s decision followed an early Tuesday morning tweet in which Trump denounced the recommended prison sentence as “horrible and very unfair.” How it’s playing:
- On The Left: This Is What an Unleashed Trump Looks Like, David A. Graham, The Atlantic
- On The Right: (From November): Media, federal government tougher on Roger Stone than child molester Jeffrey Epstein. Why? Tucker Carlson, Fox News
Speaking of cultural lightning rods and blasts from the past: Former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett was indicted again by grand jury in Chicago yesterday.
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
China reports the most coronavirus deaths in one day as total surpasses 1,000; US confirms 13th case
China reported its highest daily coronavirus death toll Tuesday, with the 103 additional fatalities pushing the total past 1,000 and providing a somber warning that the epidemic represents “a very grave threat to the rest of the world.” Meanwhile, the CDC confirmed the 13th U.S. coronavirus case Monday. In total, about 800 Americans evacuated from Wuhan remain under quarantine. Elsewhere: Beijing fired the highest-ranking officials yet over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, replacing two provincial health officials in charge of virus-racked Hubei province with a trusted official from China’s national health agency. PS: The largest coronavirus outbreak outside of mainland China is currently floating in Japanese waters, on a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. – WSJ / USA Today / Vox
Philippines Says It Will End U.S. Security Agreement
At the direction of President Rodrigo Duterte, a fierce critic of the United States, the Philippines announced Tuesday that it would scrap a security pact that allows American forces to train there. How come? The move to end the pact follows anger over Washington’s reported decision last month to cancel the U.S. visa of Philippine Sen. Ronald dela Rosa. The former chief of National Police, dela Rosa, enforced Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, which has killed thousands and has been widely condemned by international human rights watchdogs. Why it matters: In addition to helping the Philippines fight terrorist cells, the country, a former U.S. territory that gained independence in 1946, has long been viewed by Washington as one of its strongest allies. – NPR
Sudan to Hand Over Al-Bashir for Genocide Trial
Sudan’s transitional authorities have agreed to hand over ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face trial on charges of war crimes and genocide, a top Sudanese official said Tuesday. Why it matters: The ICC issued two arrest warrants for Bashir, first in March 2009 and then in July 2010. Bashir, who ruled Sudan for three decades, was the first sitting president to be wanted by the ICC, and the first person to be charged by the ICC for the crime of genocide, according to the court’s website. – U.S. News & World Report / CNN
The $26 Billion Dollar Marriage
Sprint and T-Mobile stole the spotlight yesterday after a US judge approved a $26 billion merger between the two companies. The decision deals a major blow to a group of states that claimed the takeover would increase prices and lead to less competition. T-Mobile and Sprint, however, believe that it will help them compete against larger rivals like Verizon and AT&T. According to CNBC, the California Public Utilities Commission still has to approve the deal before the transaction can be officially completed. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed flat on the day, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite held their gains through the closing bell, recording fresh highs. – CNBC / Reuters
Topping Two Billion
The average NBA franchise is now valued at slightly more than $2.1 billion according to Forbes. This is the first time the average has topped $2 billion. Moreover, that figure has grown nearly 600% in the past decade, ESPN points out. According to Forbes, the New York Knicks — worth $4.6 billion by the magazine’s calculations — rank atop the league list, growing by 15% over the previous year. – ESPN / Forbes
Bezos Says Bye To Lots of Stock & Soundcloud is on Cloud Nine
Over the past 11 days Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos has sold roughly $4.1 billion of shares in his e-commerce company, as part of a prearranged trading plan. In the past, Bezos has aimed to liquidate about $1 billion of Amazon stock annually in order to finance Blue Origin, his space exploration company. Elsewhere, satellite radio giant SiriusXM awarded music streaming platform, Soundcloud with a fresh round of funding worth $75 million. The 13-year-old, Berlin-based company has now raised more than $500 million since inception. It’s all about owning the music ecosystem. – CNBC / Deadline
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. At 6 feet, 4 inches, Abe currently holds the record as the tallest US President. James Madison, on the other hand was the shortest, standing at just 5 feet, 4 inches.