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In Today’s Brief
Pelosi: Wants FBI to probe Gaza protests
ICJ: Preliminary ruling in Israel case
Biden: Proposed event with Clinton, Obama
World’s richest man: Billionaire gets nod
X: Blocks Taylor Swift search terms
1) Middle East attack
Three U.S. troops were killed and dozens injured after a Saturday night attack in Jordan.
What happened: A drone attacked a base near the border with Syria, killing three and wounding 25. It was the most serious attack on U.S. forces in the region since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
The response: President Joe Biden said the attack was launched by "radical Iran-backed militant groups" and vowed retaliation. Biden has faced Republican criticism for the attack, including from former President Donald Trump, his anticipated general election opponent.
Big picture: The attack will do nothing to assuage fears about the U.S. becoming involved in an expanded regional war -- and potentially coming into direct conflict with Iran. Biden will face domestic pressure to mount a substantial military response.
2) All drawn up
The claims: The House Committee on Homeland Security alleges Mayorkas committed high crimes and misdemeanors in a 20-page resolution. He is accused of "willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law" by failing to manage border security. Democrats have called the process a sham.
Next steps: A House floor vote could happen this week. A majority vote approving the impeachment would send the case to the Senate for a trial, where Mayorkas is unlikely to be convicted.
Big picture: Immigration and border security has become arguably the biggest issue in the 2024 campaigns, with this the latest confrontation between the major parties. Mayorkas would be the first cabinet official impeached since 1876.
3) Here we go ...
AFC title game: The reigning champion Chiefs clinched a return trip to the big game with a 17-10 victory at the Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City rode their defense while a slew of self-inflicted errors hurt the Ravens. The Chiefs are the third team in NFL history to make four Super Bowls in five years; they are 2-1 in the first three.
NFC title game: The Niners overcame a 17-point deficit and rallied for a 34-31 victory over the Detroit Lions. San Francisco denied Detroit its first appearance in a championship game since 1957. The Chiefs beat the Niners in Super Bowl LIV.
The logistics: The Super Bowl will be played in Las Vegas for the first time. It will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 11. And yes, Taylor Swift is expected to be there.
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California Rep. Nancy Pelosi wants the FBI to investigate domestic protests calling for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza. She suggested Russia may be funding some demonstrations (More)
Alabama said it will offer assistance to other states after conducting the nation's first execution of an inmate by nitrogen asphyxiation. The controversial method has been criticized by the United Nations (More)
The White House Medical Unit improperly provided prescription drugs and misused funds during former President Donald Trump's time in office. A Pentagon investigation found the unit did not comply with federal and Department of Defense guidelines (More)
The International Court of Justice declined to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. The United Nations' top court did say the Israelis must do more to protect civilians in Gaza (More)
President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold phone talks this spring, according to The White House. The leaders last spoke in November at a summit in the San Francisco area (More)
Two climate protesters were arrested at Paris' Louvre after throwing soup at the Mona Lisa. The painting is protected by a glass case and was not damaged (More)
President Biden's re-election campaign is trying to schedule a major fundraising event featuring him and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The proposed event would happen in March or April (More)
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley accused the Republican National Committee of favoring former President Trump. Haley said the RNC is not an honest broker in the GOP primary race (More)
Trump was ordered to pay $83M in damages to writer E. Jean Carroll. It was the second time Trump has been ruled liable for defaming Carroll (More)
Business & Markets
Major indexes closed mixed on Friday. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 saw six-day win streaks end, but finished up for the week (Dow +0.16%, Nasdaq -0.36%, S&P 500 -0.07%).
Bernard Arnault has surpassed Elon Musk as the world's richest man, according to Forbes. Arnault's LVMH controls luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Sephora (More)
Dunkin’ has been accused of discrimination in a $5M lawsuit. The filing alleges the chain’s restaurants charged more for non-dairy milks, which discriminated against those with allergies or lactose-intolerance (More)
Entertainment & Sports
X blocked searches for Taylor Swift after deepfake explicit photos of her were uploaded to the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. X said it was a temporary protective action (More)
Joni Mitchell will perform at the Grammy Awards for the first time next Sunday. The singer-songwriter has won nine Grammys in her career (More)
Aryna Sabalenka won her second consecutive Australian Open title. Jannik Sinner won the tennis tournament's men's title (More)
Feel Good: A North Carolina animal rescue received an unexpected delivery. An anonymous unhoused man dropped off a litter of puppies he saved after their mother, a stray, was hit by a car.
Go Deep: Is it worth the additional cost to buy organic? Not necessarily. The organic label does not mean produce is healthier or more preferable for several reasons, according to a dietician.
Working Blue: A British zoo has a peculiar problem -- some of its parrots won't stop swearing. Enter a risky new plan: Making eight potty mouths associate with 92 proper-speaking parrots. Will good habits win out over bad?
Life Hack: Winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, especially if you spend a lot of time outside. Here are some tips to protect yourself as we wait for spring.
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Max has released a trailer for the upcoming docuseries They Called Him Mostly Harmless, which tells the story of a mysterious hiker who was found dead on the Appalachian Trail and went unidentified for two years.
Looking Ahead …
The Federal Reserve is expected to leave interest rates unchanged when it announces its latest policy decision on Wednesday. But all eyes will be on Fed chairman Jerome Powell’s policy speech — it could provide a hint as to when cuts will begin.
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