POLITICS: Yesterday, Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said ‘aloha’ and officially ended her presidential bid. Reminder: the rep only snagged two delegates total in the 2020 primary elections these past couple months. Now, it looks like Gabbard’s endorsing former Vice Prez Joe Biden. Speaking of which, Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) just threw her support behind Biden, too. You know Gillibrand as the senator who ran for prez before dropping out just a few months later. All of this comes as the country’s speculating over who Biden would pick to be his vice prez if he won the nomination.
PEOPLE: Meet Sen Richard Burr (R-NC), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Recently, it came out that he sold up to $1.7 million of his stocks on February 13. Problem, since around this time, Burr was receiving daily coronavirus updates from the gov and apparently privately referred to the outbreak as “aggressive” and “akin to the 1918 pandemic”....while publicly writing that the US is “better prepared than ever” to handle public health threats like the coronavirus. And just a week later, the stock market began drop drop dropping - and has now lost about 30% since Burr sold his stocks. Cue accusations of insider trading. Stay tuned.
WORLD: Netflix is slowing things down. The other day, the European Union asked Netflix to pretty please switch its service from high definition to standard in an effort to cut back on its strain on the internet. In response, Netflix said ‘gotcha’ and agreed to reduce streaming bit rates across Europe for about a month. All of this comes as more and more people are spending time online amid the coronavirus outbreak. In other news, the Olympic Flame just landed in Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, which are still set to begin on July 24.