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THE HIGHLIGHTS

New Hampshire is feeling the bern. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Every four years, the US has its presidential election. (Hint: there’s one this November.) But first, the two major parties need to figure out which candidate they’re nominating for prez. Enter: the primary elections. After months and months of campaigns and debates, every state votes for their fav candidate. And like a typical election, the whole thing is based on the electoral college. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Right now, the Dems are having their primary elections to work out who will face off against Prez Trump. Last week, you watched voters head to the polls in Iowa, where Pete Buttigieg - barely - snagged the win over Bernie Sanders. Yesterday, voters in New Hampshire got their turn. 

 

THE RESULTS. 

Bernie Sanders took the win. Not a typo. The Vermont senator got around 26% of the votes. Pete Buttigieg wasn’t far behind - with a little more than 24%. Amy Klobouchar took third place with about 20%, and Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden got fourth and fifth. Not good for Biden, btw. Who’s also not feeling the love: Andrew Yang - who suspended his campaign - and Michael Bennett - who dropped out. Now, all eyes are on Nevada and South Carolina, where the next primaries will be taking place. 

 

SO…?

Iowa didn’t reveal a clear frontrunner. But it looks like New Hampshire did. TBD on whether Bernie Sanders’ success will carry on to the coming states. 


THE ACTION

USA: Everyone’s talking about the Dept of Justice. We’ll remind you: special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation pointed fingers at this guy named Roger Stone for lying to Congress about his ties with WikiLeaks - plus for trying to get an associate to cover for his lies. So last fall, Stone went on trial. His sentencing is in a couple weeks, but ahead of the big date, four federal prosecuters recommended up to 9 years in prison. Problem, since Prez Trump immediately tweeted that the sentence was a “miscarriage of justice.” And around the same time, the attorney general got involved and recommended a lighter sentence. Now, all four of the federal prosecuters are quitting. Speaking of court, Jussie Smollett is heading back

 

WORLD: Recently, four men were arrested over the murder of Lyra McKee. Reminder: McKee, a 29 year old Northern Irish journalist and LGBTQ+ activist, was shot dead last year during a night of political unrest at the border between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland. Later, the New IRA - a dissident Republican group - claimed responsibility and apologized for the murder. Now, it looks like four men are being taken into custody as part of the country’s anti-terror legislation. In other news, the Church of England is deciding to apologize for being “deeply institutionally racist” over the last 70 years. And meanwhile, Australia is being hit with heavy rains that are extinguishing its bushfires - but raising concerns over mudslides. 

 

BIZ: T-Mobile and Sprint are one step closer to getting hitched. Quick refresher: for a long long long while, the two telecom bizes have been trying to merge - which would create the US’s third largest wireless carrier. No big deal. But the merger has to clear all kinds of obstacles in order to get approved. Enter: this federal judge, who just gave the thumbs-up to the two bizes in one of the last hurdles before the merger becomes official. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, as fear grows over the Wuhan coronavirus, Airbnb is cancelling all bookings in Beijing until around May. This comes as 1,113 people have died of the coronavirus. 


WHAT TO KNOW

McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich:” what Siba, the winning dog at Westminster, likes to eat. At leashed she’s not a snob. 


SAY WHAT?

“I don’t think anyone’s seen them in that light before” - a photographer after winning an award for his image of two mice fighting over bread crumbs in London. Fitting depiction of big cities. 

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