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America’s energy sources, like booming oil and crumbling coal, have defied projections and historical precedents over the last decade, Axios' Amy Harder and Andrew Witherspoon write for her year-end "Harder Line" column.
With a new decade upon us, let’s look back at the last one’s biggest, most surprising energy changes.
Abortion, transgender rights and voting access are among the polarizing issues that could dominate state legislatures in 2020, the WashPost's Tim Craig and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux write.
"Republican-controlled state legislatures are gearing up to try to tighten abortion laws across the country, while some states controlled by Democrats are looking to enshrine the right to choose into law," the Post reports.
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⚡ Breaking: A court in Saudi Arabia today sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and three others were sentenced to prison, AP reports.
The verdicts followed an eye-popping effort by the kingdom this weekend to showcase societal changes: Instagram stars, former Victoria's Secret models and Hollywood actors converged on Riyadh for a three-day concert, per AP.
Above, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a Sen. Bernie Sanders rally on Saturday in Venice Beach, Calif.
Below, "Field of Dreams" actor Kevin Costner returned to Iowa to endorse Pete Buttigieg yesterday at a high school in Indianola.
"Roughly 80% of smartphone users have cases," according to Allstate's SquareTrade Inc., which insures phones, as quoted in a Wall Street Journal story that focuses on the 20% — daredevils who refuse to put their devices in cases.
As a holiday respite from the news cycle, The New Yorker pops a surprise "Cartoon Takeover" issue that includes a cartoon crossword (eight clues are captionless cartoons), and favorite gags chosen by celebrities — Terry Gross, Seth Meyers, Jon Hamm, Mindy Kaling, Larry David, Sarah Silverman and more.
Apparently, The New Yorker also prints a bunch of bummer facts about corruption and oppression and imminent eco-apocalypse, but this week it just so happens that all the people in charge of that sort of thing have gone away for the holidays.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
DraftKings announced today that it will go public via a reverse merger with blank-check acquisition company Diamond Eagle, with sports betting tech platform SBTech also rolled in, reports Axios' Dan Primack.
Ivanka Trump will join CES, the world's largest tech event, in Vegas on Jan. 7 to discuss "The Path to the Future of Work" with Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which produces the show.
Megan Rapinoe, captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team, celebrates during the quarterfinal, en route to becoming Women's World Cup champs for a record fourth time.
The cold open reprised last week's Democratic debate, with drop-bys from "President Trump," "Speaker Pelosi" and "Kamala Harris." (YouTube)
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