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The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and other staff were evacuated from the Baghdad embassy for their safety, Iraqi officials said, as thousands of protesters and militia fighters thronged the gates in fury at U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, Reuters reports.
An AP reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and at least three U.S. soldiers on the roof of the main embassy building.
"Iraqi special forces were deployed around the main gate to prevent [protesters] entering the embassy," Reuters added.
The context: The embassy attack follows deadly airstrikes Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah, per AP.
🐦 President Trump tweeted: "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!"
The share of Americans who moved in the past year is about half the number in the 1950s, when about one-fifth of the population moved each year. That number is now 9.8%, the first time it's dipped below 10%.
💭 William Frey, a Brookings demographer, said: "[T]he continued decline since the Great Recession and the housing crunch is driven by the millennial population."
The big picture: Decades ago, job markets were more interchangeable and diverse, so it was easier for people with most occupations, from factory workers to bankers, to find jobs in a variety of places that were relatively affordable.
What's next: Immigrants are contributing significantly to population growth.
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This was the rare year when a simple investing strategy would have worked: Buy almost anything, the N.Y. Times' Matt Phillips points out (subscription).
Times Square, on New Year's Eve eve.
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Following a lobbying blitz that kept Treasury officials in constant meetings, the "tax bills of many big companies have ended up even smaller" than expected when President Trump signed the tax cut, the N.Y. Times' Jesse Drucker and Jim Tankersley report (subscription).
Joe Biden, asked by a voter in Exeter, N.H., if he'd consider a Republican as a running mate:
Screenshot via CNN
President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Milwaukee on Jan. 14, countering a Democratic presidential debate set for the same night in Iowa, per AP.
The context: All three events could unfold against the backdrop of Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.
A new view of one of the decade's top U.S. events: Here's Simonton, Texas (west of Houston), on Nov. 20, 2016, and on Aug. 30, 2017, after Hurricane Harvey's landfall, as seen in satellite images provided by AP.
Worthy of your time: Check out an AP satellite package showing the aftermath of wildfires, earthquakes, oil spills and glacial melting — plus God's-eye views of the Rohingya exodus, Arab Spring protests and Islamic State territory loss.
42 states and D.C. had fewer births in 2019 than 2018, the Census Bureau reported yesterday, with a steady decline in U.S. births over deaths for the past decade.
Go deeper: See Stef Kight's great lead of yesterday's Axios PM (with Axios graphic), "Census data projects shift in states' congressional power."
"Taking the No. 1 spot on Netflix's  overall 'most popular' list — which includes film and TV — is 'Murder Mystery,' the feature comedy that stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as unwitting tourists who get wrapped up in a complicated murder plot," per The Hollywood Reporter.
Here are the Netflix top 10 most popular releases of 2019:
🧠 Netflix measures "popularity" as the number of subscribers who watched at least two minutes in the first 28 days of release.
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