Tuesday, February 5

ByKevin Sheekey

Happy Lunar New Year.

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Today’s News:

Federal Prosecutors Issue Sweeping Subpoena for Documents from Trump Inaugural Committee, Sign of Deepening Criminal Probe (Washington Post)

2020 Poll Watch: Democrats Want ‘Electable’ Challenger Who Can Beat Trump (NBC News)

NRA Spent Record Amount Lobbying Congress, With Little to Show (Bloomberg)
The group spent a record $9.6 million lobbying lawmakers and federal agencies over the last two years, yet none of its top five bills was signed into law. Now that Democrats control the U.S. House of Representatives, the NRA will likely be playing defense for the next two years.

State of the Union Speech: Democratic Women in Spotlight to Counter Trump (Bloomberg)
The speech is scheduled to begin tonight at 9PM Eastern time followed by a Democratic response by Stacey Abrams from Georgia.

Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe Seek to Avoid Chaos From No-Deal Brexit (Bloomberg)

Climate Watch: Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers by 2100 (New York Times)

Trump’s ‘Losers’ Are Winners for a Second Year: Companies Trump Ridiculed Outperformed Those He Praised in 2018 (Bloomberg Opinion – Barry Ritholtz)

Trump Era’s Biggest Winner Is Jeff Bezos, Presidential Nemesis (Bloomberg)
Bezos fortune has grown $66.2 billion, making him richest man, and his wealth doubled even as Trump threatened action against Amazon.

New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World’s Best Tech City – Study (Bloomberg)
The author of the report said: “So much of it is talent. New York can keep generating its own talent and, I think more importantly, recruiting it from around the world.”


Best of late night.

On the Super Bowl:

“Last night was Superbowl 53. And 53 is also the amount of people who stayed awake throughout the whole thing.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“I found that to be — what is the opposite of a nail-biter? It was a nail-grower. I thought I was watching a baseball game.”
— Conan O-Brien

On the Super Bowl half-time show:

“That half-time show did not help. Maroon 5 were so dull, that even Adam Levine’s shirt just got up and left.”
— Trevor Noah

“Yeah, people weren’t thrilled about Maroon 5. For the half-time show, did you notice that the stage was designed to look like the letter ‘M’? Did you see that? Apparently the ‘M’ stood for ‘Maybe we should have tried to get Beyonce.’”
— Conan O’Brien

For more best of late night from the New York Times, click here.