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Dire scientific reports and extreme weather events are combining to force a make-or-break season for confronting global warming, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports.
Pollsters say minds are changing:
The recent science findings are also inspiring a new grassroots movement on this issue.
What's next: There remains a stark partisan divide in public views on climate, with many Republicans remaining skeptical of the science.
CNN reports that Mueller's investigation could end as soon as next week.
"Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a stunning number of colleges and university yearbooks published images of blatant racism on campus, the USA TODAY Network found in a review of 900 publications at 120 schools across the country," USA Today's Brett Murphy writes:
The bottom line: "The yearbook photos reflect campus communities that tolerated open displays of racism at the parties they attended, parades they marched in and posters they hung — despite the hard-learned lessons of the civil rights movement they grew up with."
A flock of geese waits out yesterday's snowstorm on the National Mall.
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Artificial intelligence researchers, worried about potential harm from their own inventions, want to keep some findings under wraps to prevent their misuse, Axios emerging technology reporter Kaveh Waddell writes:
What's new: OpenAI, a prominent lab, unveiled a computer program last week that can generate prose that sounds human-written.
The move got massive blowback: AI researchers accused the group of pulling a media stunt, stirring up fear and hype, and unnecessarily holding back an important advance.
Be smart: Computer science is lurching toward the same tough decisions that biologists and nuclear scientists had before them — when to circumscribe openness in the name of safety and ethics.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells Tommy Vietor on Pod Save America why she identifies as a Democratic capitalist rather than, like Sen. Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist:
I see the value of markets and that they can produce a lot of good if they have rules. But let us all be clear: Markets without rules are theft and I am opposed to theft. There is a reason that the folks on Wall Street, the big CEOs, don't want me to even be in the Senate. ...
Because I get how the system works and how it can work when it works right — and how these are the guys who are ripping it off and make it not work.
Saturday looms as a flash point in Venezuela's crisis, which threatens to spill into civil strife, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) recently returned from the Colombian border, where more than 300 metric tons of aid are stockpiled. Maduro has blocked the American-backed aid from entering Venezuela.
Why it matters: Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared "interim president," has designated Saturday as the day the opposition will defy Maduro and begin to force emergency aid across the border.
What's next? One of two things is going to happen on Saturday. Either Maduro's military will stop the aid entering Venezuela, "and the world will see what you're dealing with here," Rubio told Swan.
Deutsche Bank "racked up a loss of $1.6 billion over nearly a decade on a complex municipal-bond investment that it bought in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis, and failed to confront head-on even as markets were upended and regulations tightened," report the Wall Street Journal's Jenny Strasburg and Gretchen Morgenson (subscription).
Why it matters: It "represents one of Deutsche Bank’s largest ever from a single wager — roughly quadruple its entire 2018 profit — and ranks as one of the banking industry’s biggest soured bets in the last decade."
Forbes, which once estimated Holmes’s wealth at $4.5 billion, wrote it down to zero. The young founder, who was once compared to Steve Jobs, [was] dubbed a "millennial Madoff" by the New York Post. ...
Holmes is currently living in San Francisco in a luxury apartment. She’s engaged to a younger hospitality heir, who also works in tech. ... [T]he couple regularly post stories on Instagram professing their love for each other. ...
Notably, she is far from a hermit. She tells former colleagues ... that she is greeted by well-wishers on the street who are rooting for her resurrection.
Former Theranos employees I have spoken to have relayed horror stories about their inability to find work after leaving the company, now with a permanent stain on their résumé.
AP's tip sheet on the eight Best Picture contenders: