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DeSantis Bails, Backs Trump

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Good morning and happy Monday! Today is the 40th anniversary of Apple's famed 1984 commercial, which introduced the Macintosh personal computer during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII. The machines went on sale two days later and, you can certainly argue, the world was instantly changed. Have a great day!

In Today’s Brief

  • Uvalde: Special grand jury formed

  • Royal Family: More health news

  • Veepstakes: Stefanik buzz grows

  • S&P 500: Closes at all-time high

  • Tara VanDerveer: NCAA coaching history

... and more

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1) End of the Ron

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' star-crossed presidential bid ended yesterday.

  • Campaign suspended: DeSantis, once considered a favorite to win the Republican nomination, dropped out after a distant second-place finish to former President Donald Trump in last week's Iowa caucus. DeSantis’ much-maligned campaign had little presence in New Hampshire, which holds its primary contest tomorrow, and was trailing Trump in South Carolina and elsewhere.

  • Falling in line: DeSantis endorsed Trump while making his announcement. Trump, who attacked DeSantis for months, quickly pivoted and called DeSantis "a really terrific person" while announcing his "DeSanctimonious" nickname is now retired. 

  • Big picture: Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are the only major GOP candidates left. If Trump wins in New Hampshire -- he leads by a wide margin in most recent polls -- Haley will face pressure to drop out, effectively ending the race. 

2) Sticking to the plan

The White House is defending its strategy to contain the Houthi rebels despite a lack of results.

  • The situation: The U.S. and allies have conducted several airstrikes on the Iranian-backed militants in Yemen in recent days. But the Houthis have continued to attack commercial and military ships in the Red Sea, slowing international trade.

  • Stay the course: Deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said "deterrence is not a light switch," cautioning it will take time to degrade the Houthis' capabilities and end their operations. His comments came after President Joe Biden said airstrikes would continue while acknowledging they had not yet stopped the rebels.

  • Big picture: The Biden Administration is reportedly planning a sustained military campaign against the Houthis. It is a sign the rebels may dig in for the long haul and it will not alleviate concerns about a larger regional conflict growing from the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

3) Baldwin indicted again

Alec Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter related to an on-set death for a second time.

  • What happened: Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured when a live round was fired from a gun held by Baldwin during a scene rehearsal for the film Rust in 2021 on location in New Mexico. The actor has denied pulling the trigger.

  • New charges: A grand jury indicted the actor on Friday on two involuntary manslaughter charges. Prosecutors initially charged Baldwin last year, but later dropped them before sending the case to a grand jury with new evidence suggesting Baldwin had fired the gun. Baldwin faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

  • Next steps: Baldwin's attorneys maintained his innocence and said they look forward to their day in court. The film's armorer will face trial on involuntary manslaughter charges next month.

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U.S. News

  • A special grand jury was formed in Uvalde, Texas, to investigate a 2022 school shooting in the town. The Department of Justice released a report last week criticizing local law enforcement's response after 19 students and two teachers were killed (More)

  • U.S. Central Command said two missing Navy SEALS are presumed dead after a 10-day search. The SEALs went missing off the coast of Somalia while boarding a vessel, reportedly to intercept Iranian missiles (More)

  • The lost Port Tampa cemetery was located on the grounds of MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Many Black families were buried there during segregation; an archeological survey identified 121 potential graves (More)

World News

  • Sarah Ferguson announced she has malignant melanoma. The Duchess of York recently had a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis (More)

  • A European Union official said a Palestinian state may need to be imposed on Israel. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell's comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a two-state solution (More)

  • North Korea said Russian President Vladimir Putin could soon visit Pyongyang. The nations have developed closer ties since Russia invaded Ukraine (More)

Campaign News

  • New York Rep. Elise Stefanik campaigned for and with Donald Trump in New Hampshire last weekend. Her presence further fueled speculation she may be his vice presidential pick if he is the GOP nominee (More)

  • South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott endorsed Trump. Scott ended his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in November; he is also considered a candidate to be Trump's running mate (More)

  • President Biden will not appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot. But he is still expected to win Tuesday’s Democratic nomination election via write-in vote (More)

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes all closed higher Friday with the S&P 500 at an all-time high. The Dow Jones was up almost 400 points (Dow +1.05%, Nasdaq +1.70, S&P 500 +1.23%).

  • The future of Sports Illustrated is in question after The Arena Group's license to operate the print magazine and its digital operations was revoked. TAG has denied reports of mass layoffs and said the outlet will continue to operate (More)

  • Bob Sternfels did not secure re-election as McKinsey's global managing partner on the first ballot among the consulting firm's partners. The result was viewed as pushback on his restructuring plans; Sternfels remains favored to win another three-year term (More)

Entertainment & Sports

  • Tara VanDerveer became the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, passing former Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Stanford women’s team beat Oregon State yesterday to give VanDerveer her 1,203rd victory (More)

  • The final four teams in the NFL playoffs are set. The San Francisco 49ers will host the Detroit Tigers in the NFC Championship Game; the Baltimore Ravens will host the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game (More)

  • Justin Timberlake will make his first Saturday Night Live appearance in over a decade next weekend. Timberlake will perform on the the show for the seventh time as the musical guest; he has also hosted five times (More)

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  • Feel Good: A calf got stranded in the middle of a frozen lake in Arkansas. But fortunately there was a cowboy in the neighborhood available to make a 70-foot lasso throw and save the animal.

  • Go Deep: Sweden's national pastime is skiing. The country is also facing rising temperatures that impact snow levels. So they are future-proofing the sport and moving it indoors.

  • Chow Down: Spinach artichoke dip is an elite appetizer. Why not turn it into an entree? You can do just that with this recipe for spinach artichoke dip pasta.

  • Life Hack: Dish soap is not just for dishes. It can be a secret weapon to clean almost anything in your home. Here are five unexpected ways to utilize it.

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Looking Ahead …

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