Thursday, February 21

ByKevin Sheekey

Nike Target of Twitter Storm After Basketball Star’s Shoe Splits (Bloomberg)
One of the greatest rivalries in U.S. college sports begins (and ends) in a shocker. Today, Peter Grauer is parading around in Carolina blue, and personally we are calling on former NYC Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and current Perella Weinberg CEO Bob Steel to investigate possible Tar Heel sabotage.

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U.S. Domestic Terror Threat: Coast Guard Officer and Self-Described White Nationalist Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists, Prosecutors Say (New York Times)
Federal investigators said in the court filing that Lieutenant Hasson had begun stockpiling weapons in 2017. When federal agents searched his cramped basement apartment in Silver Spring, Md., they said, they found a cache of 15 assault rifles, shotguns and handguns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition that the lieutenant had amassed.

Brexit Defectors: Labour and Conservatives Could See More MP Exits after Heidi Ellen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston Abandon Theresa May’s Party (BBC)

A Tipping Point on Climate Change (Axios)
The collective message from recent dire scientific reporters on climate is that the actions we take in the next 10 to 20 years will be crucial to determining the climate for centuries to come. Polls show American public opinion is shifting: The percentage of conservative Republicans who are worried about climate change has reached an all-time high. More Americans think climate change is affecting them here and now, and it poses a risk to them personally now more than ever before.

Happening Again – But Who Will Stop It?: ‘Sustained and Ongoing’ Disinformation Assault Targets Democratic Presidential Candidates (Politico)
A coordinated barrage of social media attacks suggests the involvement of foreign state actors.

John Micklethwait: Is This the End of the Anglosphere? (Bloomberg Opinion)
After decades of intellectual dominance, Britain and the U.S. are losing influence. The rest of the world shouldn’t celebrate just yet. The Anglosphere changed the world for lots of reasons, but one was because it had sustained momentum. Let’s hope it recovers it soon.

Russian War Chest: Vladimir Putin Has Quietly Built a Financial Fortress to Safeguard Russia’s Economy from Sanctions (Bloomberg)

More News from the Carolinas: South Carolina Isn’t Happy with Trump’s Atlantic Oil Search (Bloomberg)

Not from the Onion: Lagerfeld’s Cat Choupette May Inherit Fortune (TicToc by Bloomberg)
Chanel Icon Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Choupette could inherit some of his $200 million fortune following his death earlier this week. Under German law, the arrangement is feasible if the cat is nominated as “heir.”

Best of late night.

“Duchess Meghan Markle was in New York City yesterday for her baby shower. ‘I can’t wait until it arrives!’ said a New Yorker about the train.”
— Seth Meyers

“State officials in New York have approved a new plan that will surround part of Staten Island with a 5.3 mile long sea wall, to protect it from flooding. And to protect the rest of New York from Staten Island.”
— Seth Meyers

“The other day, strong tailwinds caused a commercial flight from LA to London to go faster than the speed of sound. Yeah, the pilot was like ‘on your left is the Hollywood sign and on your right is…Buckingham Palace??’”
— Jimmy Fallon

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