USA: Iowa is chaos. Quick refresher: yesterday was the Iowa caucus - aka the official start of the 2020 Democratic primary election. Voters headed to the polls to nominate a candidate to face off against Prez Trump, with the results expected to be revealed by that night. Only a slight problem...it’s Tuesday morning, and not even 1% of results have been released. At the moment, it’s not entirely clear why, but the state Dem party says there was a “reporting issue” not related to hacking or app failure. Stay tuned. Speaking of US politics, Prez Trump’s set to give his third ever State of the Union address today. The Trump team says the theme is “the Great American Comeback” and will rep his 2020 reelection message.
WORLD: At least 20,000 people have now been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, with the death toll currently standing at 425. The virus has now been confirmed in 25 countries and territories worldwide. This comes after a man recently died in Hong Kong after being sickened. In other news, at least two people were killed and one injured during a shooting in a residence hall on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. No word yet on whether a suspect or a motive has been identified, but police say there don’t appear to be any further threats. And meanwhile, at least one person was killed and 5 wounded after a gunman opened fire on a Greyhound bus in California. The suspect is currently in custody.
POLITICS: Japan’s looking back. Reminder: after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan pretty much shut down its nuclear power program. Now, years later, the country is apparently planning on building as many as 22 coal-burning power plants in the next five years. And yes, all that coal would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the US. Cue backlash. Meanwhile, the UK and the European Union are already clashing, just days after Brexit became official and the UK ditched the EU. The topic: a trade deal. Not yet clear whether the two govs will be able to agree on new trade rules.