POLITICS: Today, New Hampshire heads to the polls in the second Dem caucus. Right now, the frontrunner in this election is Bernie Sanders, with Pete Buttigieg - who took the win in Iowa - not far behind. New polls show Amy Klobouchar in third place, up from fifth in Iowa. Now, all eyes are on the results, which should be coming out tonight, to see if this election determines a clear frontrunner. Meanwhile, everything is up in the air in Germany. Not too long ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she wouldn’t run for re-election - and named a replacement, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Problem, since recently, Kramp-Karrenbauer suddenly declared she won’t run for chancellor in 2021, either. Uh oh.
DATA: ICYDK, back in 2017, it came out that Equifax - a credit recording biz - had been hacked. Meaning the personal data of around 145 million Americans was stolen. Think: social security numbers, addresses, and credit cards numbers. Yes, really. Now, years later, the Justice Dept is pointing fingers at four members of the Chinese military for being behind the hack, which is one of the largest in history. Speaking of which, recently, the personal data of all 6.5 million eligible Israeli voters was leaked online. The leak is reportedly due to a software flaw, but it’s raising concerns about identity theft and electoral manipulation just weeks before Israel’s national election.
WORLD: Yesterday, at least 30 people were killed after attackers set fire on sleeping travelers in Borno state, Nigeria. The attackers also burned 18 vehicles and destroyed food products and other goods that were headed to markets in the city. So far, no one has claimed responsibility, but the attackers are suspected Boko Haram militants. Meanwhile, a new study shows that as global temperatures rise, Africa is experiencing bigger and more frequent thunderstorms. This, coupled with poor infrastructure in certain regions and the fact that Africa is already home to some of the world’s lightening hot spots, could mean increased death from storms over the coming years. In other news, everyone’s watching this cruise ship.