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Brewers' sales dropped in the first quarter of 2018 as Americans swapped cold beers for hard alcohol, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters, per the Journal: "Alcohol consumption overall is stalling. That has intensified a fight between brewers, distillers and winemakers for a more limited pool of drinkers. In that booze battle, beer has been losing out, especially among younger drinkers."

Beer sales in Q1, by the numbers:

  • "Molson Coors said its U.S. sales fell 5.8%, driven by a 3.8% drop in domestic brand volumes. That sent its share price tumbling 15% in a single day, to a four-year low."
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev "said its volumes fell 4.1% in North America, partly because of weakness in the company’s core Bud and Bud Light brands."
  • "Heineken said its volumes fell by a high-single-digit percentage in a declining U.S. beer market, without being specific."

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

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