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Plus: Horrible bosses, featuring Elon Musk
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Here’s what you need to know

The US sued to block JetBlue’s takeover of Spirit. Regulators fear that the $3.8 billion deal, which would create America’s fifth-largest airline, would increase air travel costs for passengers.

Arkansas is set to roll back child labor protection. The Youth Hiring Act would remove a requirement for children under the age of 16 to obtain an employment document certifying their age, work and work hours, and parental consent.

US senator Elizabeth Warren clashed with Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell. The Massachusetts lawmaker objected to a focus on the job market to inform decisions on interest rates.

SoFi sued the Biden administration to end the student loan repayment pause. The private bank claims the pause has cost millions of dollars in lost profits so far.

Today is International Women’s Day. The observance’s origins can be traced back to labor movements and radical socialist politics.


What to watch for

It’s a big day for private space startup Relativity Space as its Terran 1 rocket prepares for a maiden voyage. Terran 1 is no ordinary rocket—85% of its components are 3D printed, arguably making it the largest 3D-printed object ever made, and the first to attempt defying gravity.

The understated launch name “GLHF” (an acronym for Good Luck, Have Fun) conceals the ambition of the mission: no private space company has gotten their debut rocket off the ground on the first try. Tim Fernholz has all the details about the potential breakthrough for the eight-year-old startup. Get the full story here.

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Horrible bosses featuring Elon Musk

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Musk has never been afraid to mock people on Twitter. But as Scott Nover reports for Quartz, conducting a perverse exit interview, laid bare for the entire internet, stands out as one of the cruelest moments of Musk’s tenure.


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Old F1 car models can take hours to start up. They might also require tens of thousands of dollars and a laptop running Windows 95.

Mushrooms could be a feasible burial option. Data journalist Amanda Shendruk talks to host Annalisa Merelli about how green burials could change things for living humans, for the better, in the latest episode of the Quartz Obsession podcast.

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