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Facebook, once the darling of Dems, is now their demon.
Why it matters: Big Tech got a warm embrace from Democrats during the Obama years. No longer.
Democratic contenders responded with visceral dislike to mentions of Facebook during the N.Y. Times' recent on-camera endorsement interviews:
P.S. President Trump praised Mark Zuckerberg during an interview in Davos with CNBC's Joe "Squawk Box" Kernen:
To beat President Trump, Mike Bloomberg wants to be candidate Trump.
Bloomberg is no Trump, but is trying to beat the president at his own game:
The Trump administration has consistently tried to get controversial cases in front of the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. But that stopped abruptly when it came to the possibility that the entire Affordable Care Act could be struck down before the 2020 election, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
How it works ... Legal challenges to federal law typically go through three steps: a district court, then an appeals court, and finally an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The bottom line: The potential dismantling of the ACA would be a political meteor strike that Trump officials would rather punt past the election.
After Tuesday's opening-day battle over process, yesterday the impeachment trial dove into the substance of Democrats' case against President Trump, Axios' Alayna Treene writes from the Senate chamber:
Schiff made four distinct points:
In the halls: Not one Republican Axios spoke with said they were swayed by House managers’ arguments.
What’s next: The Senate will reconvene today at 1 p.m. to continue to hear from House managers, who have used roughly eight of their 24 hours.
Some of the exhibits Democrats projected in the Senate chamber yesterday during opening arguments:
UN investigators conclude, the WashPost reports, that a WhatsApp account belonging to the Saudi crown prince sent an infected video to Jeff Bezos, "triggering a gigantic extraction of data and fueling a concerted campaign against the billionaire, Amazon and The Post."
In a TIME cover package on how millennial leaders will change America, editor in chief Edward Felsenthal writes that youth the world over are forcing us "to confront the perils of inaction":
Smart brevity from TIME's Charlotte Alter, whose book,"The Ones We've Been Waiting For," is out Feb. 18: "None of this looks good for the GOP."
Tinder is investing in technology to allow users to hit a panic button, summoning authorities to their locations, if a date turns ugly, the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription):
The N.Y. Giants' Eli Manning, 39, will announce his retirement Friday after 16 seasons and two Super Bowls:
Many think Eli is the Giants' greatest quarterback, although others pick Y.A. Tittle or Charlie Conerly.
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