The Daily Data: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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The Daily Data sums up the numbers making headlines.
Here are the figures for Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

67 Votes

This afternoon, President Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate needed 67 votes to convict Trump. For Article I, the vote came down to 48 supporting a verdict of guilty vs. 52 not guilty. On Article II, 47 senators supported a guilty verdict while 53 voted not guilty. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, was the only Republican to break with the party and vote against Trump (on Article I). NPR explains more.

0 Protests

Jay-Z explained that he and Beyonce were not protesting during the national anthem at Super Bowl 54. Instead, they were working and in “artist mode,” as he put it in a discussion with The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb. Jay-Z clarified his position as an NFL partner and live entertainment producer for the halftime show while speaking at Columbia University’s special Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter Lecture Series. Watch part of his statement here.


A Boeing 737 jet split into three pieces after skidding off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. 3 People have died and 179 others are injured. Sky News has more details on rescue efforts.


A team of experts have made a major breakthrough: certain cancers can be detected 35 years before diagnosis. Researchers looked at 47 million genetic changes from 38 cancer types to determine how early detection could occur. The breakthrough means that in the future, diagnosis could take place through a simple blood test, decades before symptoms are even present; thereby revolutionizing treatment options. The discovery was made through the Pan-Cancer Project, a global group of scientists dedicated to mapping common patterns of mutation in whole cancer genomes. Learn more here.