Nikki Haley Battles Long Odds in New Hampshire

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Long lines snaked into and around polling locations today in New Hampshire, where the first presidential primaries of 2024 will set the tone for the rest of the year.

In the Republican contest, Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, barnstormed polling locations in a last-ditch effort to upset Donald Trump. New Hampshire, which has been known to throw curveballs into the race, has long been seen as her best, and perhaps last, shot at competing with Trump.

My colleague Jazmine Ulloa, who has been covering Haley’s campaign, told me that Haley has continued to project confidence and cast herself as a fighter, despite trailing in the polls. The vision of her campaign since its inception has been to eventually gather the support of her rivals under a post-Trump ticket, but that appears to have fallen short. “Instead, the opposite has happened,” Jazmine said.

A win for Trump could leave his campaign with few barriers to a third consecutive presidential nomination. But Haley’s campaign vowed in a memo to stay in the race no matter what happens.

Turkey’s Parliament voted today to allow Sweden to join NATO, putting the Nordic country one step closer to entering the alliance. The move also eased a diplomatic stalemate that has clouded Turkey’s relations with the U.S. and hampered Western efforts to isolate Russia.

The vote means that Hungary is now the only NATO member that has not approved Sweden’s accession, which requires unanimity. Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary said today that he had invited Sweden’s prime minister to “negotiate” Sweden’s accession, suggesting that Hungary may seek concessions in exchange for its support.

Israel said that 24 of its soldiers were killed in Gaza yesterday, about 20 of them in an explosion near the Israeli border.

The blast occurred after Gazan militants fired toward a tank guarding an Israeli engineering unit, which had been setting explosives inside Palestinians buildings to demolish them as part of a plan to create a “security zone” along the length of the border, Israeli officials said.

The purpose of the zone is to make it harder for militants to repeat an attack like that of Oct. 7. But when the concept gained momentum in December, the U.S. State Department spoke out against it, because it would effectively reduce the size of Gaza.

Jury selection began today in the trial of Jennifer Crumbley, whose son, Ethan Crumbley, shot and killed four students at Oxford High School in 2021, in the worst school shooting in Michigan history. In a rare move, prosecutors have charged both of his parents with involuntary manslaughter, saying that they are culpable because they allowed their son access to a handgun while ignoring warnings that he was troubled.

The trial will be a test, one legal expert said, of a bedrock principle in American criminal law: “You’re not responsible for somebody else’s actions.” However, the expert added, the Crumbleys provided a perfect case in which to test that principle.

In a year stuffed full of great films, academy voters lined up behind Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” giving it 13 Oscar nods, the most of any movie. The nominations, which were announced this morning, also offered repeated recognition to “Poor Things,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “American Fiction” and others. (Here is the full list of nominees.)

The biggest snubs went to “Barbie.” Greta Gerwig was left out of the nominations for best director and Margot Robbie missed a nomination for best actress. The academy also excluded Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” performance from the best actor race.

Want to catch up? Many of this year’s Oscar contenders are available for streaming.

Palworld, a new survival video game, weathered memes and mockery during its three-year development for looking like “Pokémon with guns.” On a page advertising the game, the company behind Palworld was compelled to write explicitly, “It is not a scam.”

But when the game was released in early access on Friday, more than 300,000 players simultaneously logged on, momentarily causing servers to crash. By Sunday, Palworld had become one of the most popular games on the planet, with concurrent users reaching 1.5 million.

To the human eye, the sky is blue, grass is green and sunscreen is white. But many animals have different combinations of photoreceptors, giving them a view of the world in a much broader — or more restrictive — color palette.

Birds, for example, don’t see a blue sky, but instead see one dominated by ultraviolet light. Mice are only sensitive to green and ultraviolet light; to them, a rainbow would be composed of two broad bands. Scientists created a new video system designed to give humans an approximation of what other animals see. Take a look.

Have a vivid evening.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Matthew

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