WORLD: The Wuhan coronavirus is spreading faster and faster. Reminder: last month, a mysterious new virus popped up in the city of Wuhan, China. The virus - dubbed the Wuhan coronavirus - has pneumonia-like symptoms and is giving the world flashbacks to SARS (aka Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 774 people and sickened thousands across Asia in 2002 and 2003. Already, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 106 people, infected more than 4,500, and spread to 18 countries. In response, the stock market dropped around the world, with the Dow falling over 450 points. And over in Hong Kong, authorities are cutting off travelers from mainland China - while the US is warning Americans to stay away from China.
USA: Everyone’s talking about John Bolton. We’ll remind you: a central part of the Dems’ bid to impeach Prez Trump is the fact that he withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine around the same time he asked the Ukranian gov to pretty please investigate the Bidens. A central part of Trump’s defense: he was only hoarding the aid because he was worried about corruption in Ukraine. But recently, a certain former national security advisor’s book draft was leaked (cough, John Bolton, cough) - revealing that Prez Trump wanted to keep freezing aid until Ukraine opened up an investigation. Now, it looks like some Republicans (see: Mitt Romney) may side with Dems and call for witnesses. Meanwhile, General Motors is going electric.
POLITICS: A lot is going on in Israel. Quick refresher: over the past few years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s been accused of great things like corruption and bribery - leading the Israeli police to recommend indicting him. That left a huge question mark on whether Israel’s attorney general would take their advice. Fast forward to a few hours ago, and...the AG filed a formal indictment in court against Netanyahu. No word yet on what comes next. Speaking of which, Prez Trump’s set to unveil his Mideast peace deal with Netanyahu today. The deal’s expected to aim for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - but some say it favors Israel. Stay tuned.