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Unable to absorb new costs, cities are killing recycling programs just as public concerns about climate change ratchet up, Kim Hart and Erica Pandey report.
What we're seeing: Axios paid a visit to a major recycling center in exurban D.C.
The plant — operated by Republic Services in Manassas, Va., in the heart of Prince William County — runs up to 22 hours a day to process the 550 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass that are delivered daily.
Many cities are struggling to make recycling work.
What's needed: Cities have to renegotiate their recycling contracts, many of which are 30 years old, to find a viable business model.
What's next: Researchers are developing robots to more accurately and efficiently complete tedious, dangerous recycling tasks like sorting.
"It’s tempting to follow this chapter of the Democratic race by watching the polls," trail veteran Peter Hamby writes for Vanity Fair. "But a grim truth is that ... another metric — money — ... says much more about where this race is going."
David Axelrod, President Obama's 2008 campaign manager, said: "The cost of competing across 14 states is astronomical ... For Bloomberg, the Super Tuesday ante is lunch money. He will be able to communicate at a high level everywhere."
Super Tuesday — essentially a national primary — is just three days after the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29, the last of the early four.
Ahead of the Nevada caucuses a week from today, three candidates were asked during one-on-one interviews with Telemundo if they knew the Mexican president's name, AP reports.
Tomorrow, President Trump will be grand marshal of the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and will give the command: "Drivers, start your engines!"
"The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country," the N.Y. Times reports.
The agents are being sent to New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, per The Times.
Warren Buffett turns 90 in August, and his holding company Berkshire Hathaway could be in for a stock-boosting makeover, Andrew Bary of Barron's writes (subscription).
Why it matters: "In his 55 years at the helm as CEO, chairman, and investment chief, Buffett turned a struggling textile maker into a $555 billion conglomerate, using investment skills that became the envy of American business."
What's next: Buffett's "job probably will be split in three, with a CEO, one or two investment chiefs, and a chairman, expected to be his elder son, Howard."
P.S. Howard Buffett, 65, Warren's son (below), is trying to help Colombia kick its cocaine curse — his most daunting project after nearly two decades of crisscrossing the world giving away part of the family fortune, AP reports.
I visited my alma mater — Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. — this week for a sneak peek at today's 27th running of a 112-year tradition: The nation's best known mock political convention.
Almost every one of the 1,860 undergraduates has a role in the campus-wide party — whether you're a delegate or working security or selling memorabilia.
W&L students correctly forecast Donald Trump as the Republican nominee on Feb. 13, 2016 — long before it was obvious to their parents.
📱 Watch live. Roll call session begins 3 p.m. ET.
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