Thursday, January 4th, 2024


 Bomb threats were mass e-mailed to more than a dozen state capitols on Wednesday, causing more than nine to evacuate statehouse offices. The FBI is investigating but “had no information to indicate a credible threat.” (More)

➤ The Des Moines Register published an op-ed by Donald Trump laying out his plans to end “Biden’s border disaster” by bringing back the policies from Trump’s first term and adding a “record-setting deportation operation.” (See Op-Ed)

➤ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed as a presidential candidate in Utah, the first state to grant him access to the ballot. The Kennedy campaign hopes Arizona will be the second. (More)

The national debt hit $34 trillion, a record high the nation wasn’t expected to reach for years. In 2020, the budget office forecasted the U.S. would reach that level of debt in 2029. (More

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The Michigan-Alabama Rose Bowl game was the most-watched College Football Championship semi-final in history. The audience came in at 27.2 million viewers, making it one of the Top 10 cable telecasts of all time. (More)

➤ Ticket prices to attend Monday’s championship game between Michigan and Washington began dropping as soon as Texas lost to Washington, from roughly $3,500 to $2,100. (More)

Iowa Hawkeyes superstar Caitlin Clark beat Michigan State with a deep three-pointer just as the buzzer sounded. The shot gave her 40 points for the night. (See Video)


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➤ Big Stock Move: SoFi Technologies shares dropped 14% after an analyst downgraded the stock to “underperform,” saying it had risen too far, too fast. (More)

➤ General Motors beat Toyota in annual car sales for 2023 to remain the top-selling car company in America. Despite last year’s strike, the auto industry had its best year since the pandemic. (More)

➤ Xerox announced plans to cut 15% of its workforce this quarter, or more than 3,000 employees, as part of a new operating model and organizational restructuring. (More

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Science & Technology

SpaceX launched the first set of Starlink satellites that can beam phone signals from space directly to smartphones, giving direct phone access to areas with poor carrier service. The service will begin with text messaging. (More)

➤ The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has put together a 10-second montage of a day in the life of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. The rover spent the day sitting still and taking snapshots, now stitched together into one Martian day. (See Video)

A new study says humans can interpret the clucking of chickens, at least enough to know whether they’re happy or anxious. By listening only to audio of the clucking, 70% of people correctly understood the chickens’ mood. (More)

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The number of Americans concerned about U.S. foreign policy has doubled in the past year, from 20% last year to 40% in 2023, according to an AP-NORC poll.  (See Chart)

President Biden is losing support among Hispanics and young voters, a new USA Today/Suffolk poll shows. Donald Trump now leads Biden with both groups in a head-to-head matchup. (See Poll)

About one-third of U.S. adults say President Biden wasn’t legitimately elected in 2020, according to a Washington Post poll. The number of skeptics has risen since 2021 among both political parties and independents. (See Survey)

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➤ Two French pizza chefs set a Guinness world record for a pizza baked with the largest variety of cheeses ever. Their pizza was topped with 1,001 types of cheese, most of them French. (See Video)

➤ A British artist who specializes in snow-spray window etchings of Christmas movies has garnered over 1 million followers. His art includes scenes from “Home Alone,” “Elf,” and “The Grinch.” (See His Work)

➤ Texas congressional candidate Mayra Flores has been accused of passing off social-media photos of Mexican food as pictures of food from her own table, in a mini-scandal dubbed “grubgate.” (More) 

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Which of these regions worries you the most?

  1. The Middle East
  2. Ukraine-Russia
  3. China-Taiwan
  4. U.S. Southern Border

Wednesday’s Results:

Which is better, ketchup or mustard?

  1. Ketchup: 41%
  2. Mustard: 59%

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“Adding trillion after trillion in debt, year after year, should be a flashing red warning sign to any policymaker.”

— Michael Peterson, CEO of Peterson Foundation, on the national debt hitting a record $34 trillion. 

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