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Trump wins New Hampshire Republican primary: The Morning Rundown, Jan. 24, 2024

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With a commanding lead, former President Donald Trump is declared the winner in New Hampshire. And scientists put out a grave warning as the Doomsday Clock nears midnight. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Trump wins Republican primary in New Hampshire

“Well, I want to thank everybody,” former President Donald Trump said. “This is a fantastic state. This is a great, great state. You know we won New Hampshire three times now, three, three.”

Former President Trump spoke to his supporters on Tuesday night, Jan. 23, after winning the state’s presidential primary for the third time. Trump defeated his last rival, Nikki Haley, with a commanding victory.

With 91% of the estimated vote in as of late Tuesday night, Jan. 23, Trump held a double-digit lead over Haley, with the former president at 54% and the former U.N. ambassador at 43%. While she came in second, following her third-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses, Haley said despite her critics claiming the race is over, she is not going anywhere.

“I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation; it is not the last in the nation,” Haley said.

On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden won thanks to a write-in campaign since the president did not put his name on the ballot following a disagreement between the Democratic National Committee and New Hampshire Democrats. Biden and the DNC see South Carolina as the state to hold the first Democratic primary in the country. That primary will take place on Feb. 3, 2024.

There was also a shakeup in Biden’s reelection campaign on Tuesday. Two White House aides are moving over to help run his reelection bid. 

US military strikes Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq and Yemen

As tensions in the Middle East continue to grow, the U.S. announced it had struck targets in Yemen and Iraq on Tuesday, Jan. 23. According to U.S. Central Command, U.S. forces conducted strikes in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen after locating two anti-ship missiles aimed at the Southern Red Sea, determining they posed an imminent threat to merchant vessels and Navy ships.

A short time earlier, at the direction of President Joe Biden, U.S. forces conducted strikes in Iraq targeting Iran-backed groups, including the Kataib Hezbollah Militia, in response to an attack on U.S. forces that injured four Americans at al-Asad Airbase on Saturday, Jan. 20.

According to reports, the militia group launched a barrage of missiles at the base, two of which made it through defense systems, making it the most serious attack on the base this year by the militia group. According to Central Command, U.S. strikes hit the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah’s headquarters, training facilities, and some munitions storage areas.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called the strikes in Iraq a direct response to attacks on U.S. personnel, while the Iraqi prime minister called the strikes an irresponsible escalation and considered them to be “hostile acts.”

Turkey approves Sweden’s NATO membership after months of delay

Sweden’s chances of becoming a member of NATO became even more of a possibility on Tuesday, Jan. 23, thanks to Turkey. Turkish legislators endorsed Sweden’s membership with a vote of 287-55 after having delayed it for over a year.

Turkey had accused Sweden of being too lenient toward groups deemed by Turkey as security threats. Over the past year, Sweden has altered its anti-terrorism laws. The Swedish prime minister responded on “X,” saying, “Today we are one step closer to becoming a full member of NATO.”

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said this was welcomed news, calling Sweden a “strong, capable defense partner” and adding that bringing Sweden into NATO will make the alliance “safer and stronger.” This leaves Hungary as the only NATO ally to not yet ratify Sweden’s accession. NATO requires unanimous approval from all members to add another country.

Doomsday Clock set to 90 seconds to midnight

The apocalypse is nearing, at least according to atomic scientists and their Doomsday Clock. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the science-oriented nonprofit organization, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, set the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds to midnight for the second year.

This is the closest to the hour of midnight the clock has ever been in its 77 years, with midnight representing the hour when the Earth will become unlivable. The scientists set the clock each year based on what they call “existential” risks to the planet and humans. The group said this year, the concerns were centered on the wars in Ukraine and Gaza, nuclear threats, climate change and the rise of artificial intelligence.

The atomic scientists said the clock is meant to warn the public that change is needed to keep the world stable.

Netflix adds 13.1 million subscribers, beating Wall Street expectations

Netflix has reasons to celebrate Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, announcing it has gained millions of subscribers and surpassed Wall Street expectations. The streaming giant said on Tuesday, Jan. 23, it added 13.1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, nearly 5 million more than expected.

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This brings the total number of its paid subscribers to 260.8 million, which is more than any of its streaming competition. Netflix said its crackdown on password sharing is a success, making sure those who enjoy the service are paying for it too. The company said its focus is on expanding its entertainment offerings, from live events to sports content to video games, and increasing its advertising business.

Netflix’s stock jumped more than 7% in after-hours trading. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Netflix announced a 10-year deal valued at $5 billion to live stream WWE’s pro wrestling show RAW starting in 2025. Our Simone Del Rosario takes a closer look at this deal in her report here.

‘Oppenheimer’ leads 2024 Oscar nominations

The nominations for the 96th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and as usual, there were plenty of surprises, as well as some significant snubs. Christopher Nolan’s three-hour blockbuster “Oppenheimer” led the field with 13 nominations, including best picture and director and acting nominations for Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt.

The film’s partner in this past summer’s “Barbenheimer” craze, “Barbie,” the top-grossing film of the year, garnered eight nominations, including best picture and two for acting. However, “Barbie’s” director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie were both left out of their respective categories. Ryan Gosling, who was nominated, called out the snubs and said they were the two people “most responsible for the history-making globally celebrated film.”

Speaking of history, Lily Gladstone, the star of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” became the first Native American nominated for best actress. The 2024 Oscars air on March 10 on ABC.

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WITH A COMMANDING LEAD — FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS DECLARED THE WINNER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

AND — SCIENTISTS PUT OUT A GRAVE WARNING AS THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK NEARS MIDNIGHT

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FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “Well I want to thank everybody. This is a fantastic state. This is a great, great state. You know we won New Hampshire three times now three, three.”

FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SPEAKING TO HIS SUPPORTERS FOLLOWING HIS PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY WIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

TRUMP DEFEATED HIS LAST REMAINING RIVAL – NIKKI HALEY — WITH A COMMANDING VICTORY

WITH 91 PERCENT OF THE ESTIMATED VOTE IN AS OF THIS MORNING – TRUMP HOLDS A DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD OVER HALEY WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENT AT 54 PERCENT AND THE FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR AT 43 PERCENT.

HALEY SAYS DESPITE SOME OF THE NOISE — CLAIMING THE RACE IS OVER – SHE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

SUPER: NIKKI HALEY: “I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation, it is not the last in the nation.

ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE — PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WON THANKS TO A WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN —

ALTHOUGH NO DELEGATES WERE AWARDED BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE’S PRIMARY CALENDAR THIS YEAR BEGINS IN SOUTH CAROLINA ON FEBRUARY THIRD.

ALSO ON TUESDAY — THE PRESIDENT’S CAMPAIGN HAD A MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP.

TWO OF BIDEN’S AIDES ARE LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE TO NOW RUN HIS RE-ELECTION BID.

AS TENSIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONTINUE TO GROW, THE U-S ANNOUNCED IT HAS STRUCK MORE TARGETS IN YEMEN AND IRAQ.

U-S FORCES CONDUCTED STRIKES IN HOUTHI CONTROLLED AREAS OF YEMEN AFTER LOCATING TWO ANTI-SHIP MISSILES AIMED AT THE SOUTHERN RED SEA AND DETERMINING THEY POSED AN IMMINENT THREAT TO MERCHANT VESSELS AND NAVY SHIPS.

MEANWHILE, AT THE DIRECTION OF PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, U-S FORCES CONDUCTED STRIKES IN IRAQ TARGETING IRAN-BACKED GROUPS INCLUDING KATAIB (KAHTIBEHEZBOLLAH N RESPONSE TO AN ATTACK THAT INJURED FOUR AMERICANS AT AN AIRBASE ON SATURDAY.

THE GROUP WAS SAID TO HAVE LAUNCHED A BARRAGE OF MISSILES AT THE BASE, TWO OF WHICH MADE IT THROUGH AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS.

ACCORDING TO CENTRAL COMMAND, U-S STRIKES HIT KATAIB HEZBOLLAH HEADQUARTERS, TRAINING FACILITIES, AND SOME MUNITIONS STORAGE AREAS.

THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTER RESPONDED TO THE STRIKES — CALLING THEM AN IRRESPONSIBLE ESCALATION AND CONSIDERING THEM TO BE HOSTILE ACTS.

U-S OFFICIALS DEFENDED THE MISSION AS U-S FORCES PROTECTING THEMSELVES.

SWEDEN IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A MEMBER OF NATO.

TURKEY’S LEGISLATURE HAS ENDORSED SWEDEN’S MEMBERSHIP AFTER HAVING DELAYED IT FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.

TURKEY HAD ACCUSED SWEDEN OF BEING TOO LENIENT TOWARD GROUPS DEEMED BY TURKEY AS SECURITY THREATS.

OVER THE PAST YEAR – SWEDEN ADJUSTED ITS ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS.

U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JAKE SULLIVAN SAID THIS WAS WELCOMED NEWS – CALLING SWEDEN A “STRONG, CAPABLE DEFENSE PARTNER”— AND ADDING THAT BRINGING SWEDEN INTO NATO WILL MAKE THE ALLIANCE “SAFER AND STRONGER.”

THIS LEAVES HUNGARY AS THE ONLY NATO ALLY TO NOT YET RATIFY THE ADDITION OF SWEDEN.

NATO REQUIRES UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FROM ALL MEMBERS TO ADD ANOTHER COUNTRY.

THE APOCALYPSE IS NEARING – AT LEAST ACCORDING TO ATOMIC SCIENTISTS AND THEIR DOOMSDAY CLOCK.

ON TUESDAY —  THE SCIENCE-ORIENTED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION – THE BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS — SET THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK TO 90 SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.

THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO THE HOUR OF MIDNIGHT THE CLOCK HAS EVER BEEN IN ITS 77 YEARS – WITH MIDNIGHT REPRESENTING THE HOUR WHEN THE EARTH WILL BECOME UNLIVABLE.

THE SCIENTISTS SET THE CLOCK EACH YEAR BASED ON WHAT THEY CALL “EXISTENTIAL” RISKS TO THE PLANET AND HUMANS.

THE GROUP SAYING THIS YEAR THE CONCERNS WERE CENTERED ON THE WARS IN UKRAINE AND GAZA, NUCLEAR THREATS, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THE RISE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS SAY THE CLOCK IS MEANT TO BE A WARNING TO THE PUBLIC THAT CHANGE IS NEEDED TO KEEP THE WORLD STABLE.

NETFLIX HAS REASONS TO CELEBRATE THIS MORNING – ANNOUNCING IT HAS GAINED MILLIONS OF SUBSCRIBERS AND SURPASSING WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS.

THE STREAMING GIANT SAYS IT ADDED 13 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER – NEARLY 5 MILLION MORE THAN EXPECTED.

NETFLIX NOW HAS MORE THAN 260 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS – WHICH IS MORE THAN ANY OF ITS STREAMING COMPETITION.

NETFLIX SAID ITS CRACKDOWN ON PASSWORD SHARING HAS BEEN A SUCCESS.

THE COMPANY SAID ITS FOCUS IS ON EXPANDING ITS ENTERTAINMENT OFFERINGS – FROM LIVE EVENTS TO SPORTS CONTENT TO VIDEO GAMES.

THIS COMES ON THE HEELS OF NETFLIX LOCKING IN A 10-YEAR DEAL VALUED AT 5 BILLION DOLLARS TO LIVESTREAM W-W-E’S PRO WRESTLING SHOW “RAW” STARTING IN 20-25.

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FINALLY THIS MORNING – THE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 96TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS WERE ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY – AND AS USUAL THERE WERE PLENTY OF SURPRISES – AS WELL AS SOME SIGNIFICANT SNUBS.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S THREE-HOUR BLOCKBUSTER “OPPENHEIMER” LED THE FIELD WITH 13 NOMINATIONS – INCLUDING BEST PICTURE AND DIRECTOR — AND ACTING NOMINATIONS FOR CILLIAN MURPHY, ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AND EMILY BLUNT.

THE FILM’S PARTNER IN THIS PAST SUMMER’S “BARBENHEIMER” CRAZE – “BARBIE” – THE TOP GROSSING FILM OF THE YEAR — GARNERED EIGHT NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE AND TWO FOR ACTING.

HOWEVER, “BARBIE’S” DIRECTOR GRETA GERWIG AND STAR MARGOT ROBBIE WERE BOTH LEFT OUT OF THEIR RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES. RYAN GOSLING – WHO WAS NOMINATED — CALLED OUT THE SNUBS — SAYING THEY WERE THE TWO PEOPLE “MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HISTORY-MAKING GLOBALLY CELEBRATED FILM.”

SPEAKING OF HISTORY — LILY GLADSTONE – THE STAR OF “KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON” – BECAME THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS.

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