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Axios 01/02/2020 21:46
One of the Iranian regime's most powerful figures has been killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's international airport, the regime's state TV reports. Why it matters: Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was as revered by Iran's proxies and supporters across the region as he was reviled by Iran's foes, who considered him the mastermind of state-sponsored terrorism. The big picture : Tehran can be expected to respond forcefully to his assassination, and the already tense U.S.-Iran standoff will instantly become far more dangerous — including for U.S. forces in the region. The U.S. has not taken responsibility for the airstrike or confirmed that Soleimani was killed. What the.
Axios 01/02/2020 19:57
Turkey’s parliament on Thursday to deploy troops to Libya, adding a new dimension to a proxy war that features foreign drones . The state of play: Libya has been plagued by war and instability since the overthrow of dictator Muammar Ghaddafi in 2011. Turkey supports Libya's UN-recognized government, which is struggling to repel a months-long offensive on the capital, Tripoli, by rebel commander Khalifa Haftar. Haftar's backers include the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Turkey has already provided armored vehicles and armed drones to the government in Tripoli.
Axios 01/02/2020 17:21
Data: William H. Frey analysis of U.S. Census estimates released Dec 30, 2019; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios. There are 1.1 million fewer children living in the U.S. today than there were at the start of the decade, according to an analysis of new Census data by the Brookings Institution's William Frey. The big picture: The adult population grew by 8.8% in the 2010s.
Axios 01/02/2020 16:56
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Thursday that he will introduce a measure next week to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump that were approved by the House in December. Why it matters: Hawley argues that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to withhold the articles from the Senate until Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlines what the trial will look like undermines the Democratic case that impeachment is "urgent.".
Axios 01/02/2020 16:10
Former HBO boss Richard Plepler has secured a five-year exclusive deal with Apple to produce feature films, documentaries and original series for Apple TV+, his spokesperson confirmed to Axios. Why it matters: The deal brings authority to Apple's fledgling content efforts, and gives Plepler a powerful platform to continue his influence as one of the entertainment industry's top producers and talent magnets. Details: Apple TV+ will be the exclusive home to all of the programs from Plepler's newly-formed boutique production company, Eden Productions, based in New York. Plepler said in a statement : "I’m excited to work with Zack, Jamie and the standout team at Apple who have been deeply supportive of my vision for Eden from day one.". "
Axios 01/02/2020 15:51
39 Republican senators and 168 members of Congress signed an on Thursday asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek an abortion. The big picture: Roe v. Wade has, since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in 1973, served as a barrier against Republicans who have sought to restrict reproductive rights. But with the court's conservative majority and Trump in the Oval Office, right-leaning lawmakers have been testing the limits of the law. A number of states have issued time in recent months, usually limiting the procedure to the first trimester of pregnancy. Many cases are being challenged in the courts, with reproductive-rights advocates arguing that curbing the proc.
Axios 01/02/2020 15:12
When a CEO is forced out of a company, a lot of people hope and expect big changes. Much like Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Bride," those people are going to have to get used to disappointment. Why it matters: It's big news when names like Dennis Muilenburg of Boeing and Travis Kalanick of Uber are forced out of their jobs. But that doesn't mean the company is going to change. The reality is that corporate cultures change slowly if at all. How it works: Managers tend to like, hire and promote people with personalities similar to their own. Corporations therefore have a natural tendency towards monoculture. The by McDonnell Douglas' finance-led culture after the companies merged in 1997. "The present 737 Max disaster can be traced back two
Axios 01/02/2020 14:22
Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday his campaign has raised $22.7 million in Q4, the most he's raised since announcing his bid for the presidency. Where it stands: Biden's Q4 total places him behind President Trump ($46 million) Sen. Bernie Sanders' ($34.5 million) and Pete Buttigieg ($24.7 million), but ahead of Andrew Yang ($16.5 million) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ($3.4 million).
Axios 01/02/2020 13:55
The issued a ban Thursday on fruit and mint-flavored vaping cartridges like the pods made by Juul, but with exemptions for tobacco and menthol. Why it matters: The ban is meant to curb e-cigarette use among children who have been attracted to cartridge vapes due to their flavors, cheap price and concealing features of size and small vape clouds. "The United States has never seen an epidemic of substance use arise as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes.
Axios 01/02/2020 11:40
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have raised the sticker prices on hundreds of drugs at the start of 2020, with most of the increases coming under 10%. The big picture: It may be a new year, but the same drugs are once again subject to the . Between the lines: Political pressure has forced some drugmakers to on their medicines or to keep the increases in single-digit percentages. Raising prices doesn't necessarily mean (after rebates and other discounts given to health insurers) goes up — but it usually does, and many drug price increases . What we're seeing: Some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies are bumping up prices on popular brand-name drugs, according to pharmaceutical industry analyses from several investment firms. AbbVie: ⬆️ 7.4%
Axios 01/02/2020 09:14
Democratic contender Julián Castro dropped out of the the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, . The big picture: Castro's popularity fluctuated throughout the contest. Following his first debate appearance, many saw him as a winner on stage, resulting in significant talk-time and a few standout moments — but as the campaign rolled on, his polling remained in the bottom tier, solidifying his candidacy's plateau. Castro was the to run for president since 1976, later joined by former Rep. Beto O'Rourke. He was also mayor of San Antonio and the youngest Cabinet secretary in the Obama administration. What they're saying:. "I’m not done fighting. I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job,
Axios 01/02/2020 08:51
The 2010s were the decade when analytics went mainstream, how sports like basketball (three-point explosion), football (passing revolution) and baseball (launch angles, defensive shifts) are played. The big picture: It was the decade of conference realignment, as universities in the name of TV revenue; and it was the decade of player empowerment, as athletes raised their voices in the name of social change. Everything was under review, from plays at first base () to catches near the end zone (). Social media usage went up, cable subscriptions went down, the amateurism myth , marijuana advocacy , extra points moved back and gay athletes moved forward. Ticket prices skyrocketed, baseball attendance , the USWNT reached new heights and the USMN.
Axios 01/02/2020 08:49
President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign announced Thursday that it raised $46 million in 2019's fourth quarter. Why it matters: It's the biggest number for any candidate so far this cycle and leaves the president with a staggering $102.7 million in cash on hand heading into his re-election year. That figure also doesn't represent anything taken in by the Republican National Committee this quarter — or anything raised by the campaign's authorized joint fundraising committees. The president's 2020 campaign pulled in a total of $143 million during all of 2019. Worth noting: While Trump is likely to outraise his individual Democratic rivals in the fourth quarter ( should come closest), the combined might of the field could be worrying. , al.
Axios 01/02/2020 06:36
Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign said Thursday that it raised $34.5 million in 2019's fourth quarter, . Why it matters: Sanders' haul is the most any candidate has raised in a single quarter so far in the Democratic primary race, easily surpassing the he raked in during Q3. Sanders received more than 1.8 million donations in the quarter, with an average donation of $18.53. The state of play: While Sanders is one of the first candidates to announce his fundraising for the quarter, it's unlikely to be topped by any of his competitors. Pete Buttigieg's campaign said it raised during the same span, while Andrew Yang's campaign announced it had pulled in . Elizabeth Warren's campaign last week that it had only raised $17 million, trigg.
Axios 01/02/2020 01:16
At least 21 people have died in flash floods and landslides in and around the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and the heavy rainfall that triggered the disaster is set to return Thursday, authorities said, per . The impact: The heaviest rainfall in over a decade triggered the "deadliest floods in years," displacing over 30,000 people and bringing power outages to parts of the biggest city in Southeast Asia, reports.

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