Feb 9, 2019

You're most likely to get "ghosted" in Austin

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In Austin, Texas, men are more than 6 times as likely to ghost someone than in other U.S. cities, according to the Singles in America survey by Match.

The big picture: They are also 5 times more likely to breadcrumb, almost 4 times more likely to become relationship "zombies" and 4 times more likely to constantly check their phone on a first date.

  • "Ghosting" is a relatively new dating term referring to the act of disappearing without explanation from all communication with someone after weeks or months of regular texting, messaging, calls and/or dates.
  • A "zombie" will come back to text or interact on social media with someone they ghosted a while before.
  • "Breadcrumbing" consists of regularly messaging someone via text, dating apps or social media with no real intention of starting a relationship.
  • "Benching" is when you don’t really want to date someone seriously, but want to keep them “on the bench” for those lonely nights. This is done by consistent yet infrequent communication.

Sound smart: Benching differs only slightly from breadcrumbing, in that, breadcrumbing requires no in-person communication.

  • "Orbiting" is one of the newest online dating terms, which refers to the act of cryptically viewing or liking a love interest or ex's social media accounts. "The way it feels to be orbited depends on your relationship to the orbiter," according to the New York Times.

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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