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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A break from your regularly scheduled programming to talk elections. 

 

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. The overall winner is based on a system similar to the electoral college. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

So far, you’ve seen voters head to the polls in lots and lots of states - from California to Iowa to Texas. Yesterday, another three states got their turn. We’ll cut to the chase. Former Vice Prez Joe Biden essentially swept the elections, with big wins in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. You read that right. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Massive. ICYMI, candidates need 1,991 delegates to snag the Dem nomination. Before yesterday’s elections, Biden and Bernie Sanders had between a one and two hundred delegate difference, with Biden in the lead. But now, it looks like Biden’s extending that lead with 1,132 delegates to Sanders’ 817. Huge huge huge huge huge deal, since it’s becoming mathematically harder and harder for Sanders to win. In response to all this, Sanders is reportedly planning to “assess” his presidential bid. 

 

SO..?

The Dem convention is just months away. TBD on which candidate will come out on top. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Here’s your daily update. Retailers like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue are temporarily closing all stores due to the coronavirus. And meanwhile, a growing number of NBA athletes and coaches have been infected, including Kevin Durant. Over in New York City, the gov’s reportedly prepping for a “shelter in place” to take effect sometime in the next couple days. They’re not the only ones shutting things down. The European Union nodded their heads to closing all exterior borders - while the US and Canada are planning to shut down their border, too. Now, as global cases surpass 200,000, it looks like govs are looking to spend billions and even trillions to help prevent an economic disaster. 

 

WORLD: China’s cracking down. We’ll remind you: recently, the US said ‘you’ve overstayed your welcome’ and labelled five Chinese state media outlets as ‘foreign mission outlets.’ Then capped the number of Chinese journalists working for those outlets on US soil. So in response, China said ‘two can play this game’ and expelled journalists from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Yes, really. Meanwhile, a new study says that global banks are “failing miserably” when it comes to the climate crisis. The why: they’re funneling trillions of dollars into the fossil fuel industry. Not good. 

 

PEOPLE: Meet former Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA). You know him as the guy who apparently misused more than $200,000 in campaign funds for a long long list of personal expenses. Think: an Italian vacation to even just groceries and other household items. Recently, Hunter plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. Now, it looks like he’s being sentenced to 11 months in prison. In other news, hundreds of prisoners just escaped from four prisons in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. This comes after riots over cancelled holidays and tightened restrictions on visitors. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Tom Brady:” who’s ditching the New England Patriots. Loyalist. 


SAY WHAT?

“A winter storm will dump snow across the US on the first day of spring” - an actual headline. Thanks, life. 

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