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Democrats say a very realistic scenario now calls for Pete Buttigieg to win Iowa, Elizabeth Warren to win New Hampshire, Joe Biden to win South Carolina and Bernie Sanders to win Nevada.
The intrigue: Mike Bloomberg, who's bypassing the early states, thinks a split decision opens a path for him to make a big statement on Super Tuesday (March 3), which includes California.
Iowa has a history of abrupt surprises. Matt Bennett of Third Way, the center-left think tank, shared a fascinating tally showing that the leader in December polls wins contested caucuses less than half the time.
The bottom line: If the race plays through along these lines, the nominee will be chosen in July — at the convention in Milwaukee. That is Bloomberg’s play.
"U.S. shoppers made more purchases online on Black Friday than in the mall," Reuters reports.
"Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales ... $7.4 billion," per AP.
Amazon "may now reach into Americans’ daily lives in more ways than any corporation in history," the N.Y. Times' Scott Shane writes from Baltimore:
"Baltimore offers in microcosm the contentious issues that Amazon’s conduct has raised nationally," the Times reports:
The erosion of brick-and-mortar retail. Modestly paid warehouse work and the looming job destroyer of automation. An aggressive foray into government and institutional procurement, driving local suppliers to partner with Amazon or face decline.
A swift expansion in air cargo, challenging FedEx and U.P.S. The neighborhood spread of video and audio surveillance. And the steady conquest of the computing infrastructure that underlies commerce, government and communications, something like an electric utility — except without the regulation imposed on utilities.
The sun rises yesterday along 42nd Street, behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building, as seen from Weehawken, N.J.
On London Bridge on Friday, bystanders used a fire extinguisher and a 5-foot whale tusk to fight back against an attacker who stabbed two people to death.
Those heroes are a reminder of how ordinary people take extraordinary actions to save themselves and others, AP recounts:
How it's playing:
"The swimsuit-clad tourists leap into the icy water, gasping at the shock, and startling a gaggle of penguins," Agence France-Presse reports from Antarctica.
Why it matters: "The Antarctic peninsula is one of the regions on Earth that is warming the fastest ... three times faster than the global average."
"Cruise ships have roamed the region for around 50 years, but their numbers only started to increase from 1990, as Soviet ice-breakers found new purposes in the post-Cold War era," per AFP.
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