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What Iowa means for you. Politico’s Shia Kapos says the results of tonight’s caucuses will shape the March 17 presidential race in Illinois.
■ The Guardian: “Physical and legal barriers built into the structure of the caucuses” exclude “large swaths of the population.”
■ Don’t be surprised if Iowa anoints more than one winner.
■ CNN’s Brian Stelter details tonight’s network coverage plans.
‘If we are to survive as a nation, we must save ourselves.’ The Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton calls on those concerned about Donald Trump’s presidency to get politically active: “Knock on doors until our knuckles are sore.”
■ The Daily Beast’s David Rothkopf: “Jan. 31, 2020, was the worst day for democracy in America since April 12, 1861.”
■ Neil Steinberg finds stunning parallels in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: “The senate had lost its dignity. The republicans of spirit and ability had perished.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
■ Today: Closing arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial.
Benighted states. President Trump congratulated the wrong state after the Super Bowl …
■ … inspiring a rash of Sharpie-themed tweets.
■ CNN’s John Avlon is troubled: “You would expect the president to know” where Kansas City is.
About halftime. The Super Bowl show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira has triggered outrage on Twitter and beyond: “Just a bad strip show.”
■ But their performance was political, too.
Speaking of sports …
■ The principal, assistant principal and boys basketball coach at Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School are out and the team’s season has been suspended after charges of “serious misconduct.”
■ Whitney Young High School Principal Joyce Kenner gave her swim coach “carte blanche” access to the school’s pool and he allegedly stole thousands by renting it out.
■ The Beachwood Reporter from Jan. 30: “It’s not like Kenner has a stellar ethical track record.”
Lightfoot to feds: Help. Chicago’s mayor says cities need guidance from the federal government on how to deal with the looming coronavirus threat.
■ But she says the threat here “remains very low.”
■ China mostly built a hospital in 10 days—just to deal with the virus.
Oscars-bound. A black student in Texas suspended because his high school objected to his dreadlocks has been invited to the Academy Awards.
■ This story has triggered your Square publisher (2016 post).
Don’t try this at home. Android Authority reports a guy wheeled around 99 phones in a cart to create traffic jams on Google Maps.
■ Apple Maps aims to beat Google on privacy protection.
Thanks to Square friend Chris Koenig for great link suggestions.