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THE HIGHLIGHTS

All eyes are on the Dem primaries. 

 

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. And like a typical election, the whole thing is based on the electoral college. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Right now, the Dems are having their primary elections to work out who will face off against Prez Trump. You watched (or read about) the debates. You heard all about the different candidates. Now, states are finally heading to the polls - starting with Iowa. Only a slight problem...the Iowa caucus was days ago, and though 100% of the votes have been counted, the race is so close that two candidates have declared victory: Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Add that to the fact that multiple inconsistencies were apparently discovered, and no one is sure who really won

 

THE REACTION. 

This is a big big deal, because the Iowa caucus usually sets the stage for the rest of the election and can serve as a big indicator as to who will snag the Dem nomination. Cue lots of frustration - and calls to recanvass, which would pretty much mean going back and confirming the results. 

 

SO…?

The New Hampshire caucus is just days away. And people still don’t know who really won the Iowa caucus. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: Yesterday, the Dept of Homeland Security said ‘two can play this game’ and clapped back at New York over the Green Light Law. Reminder: New York has a law that lets undocumented immigrants get a driver’s license - but also prevents ICE and the CBP from taking a peek at New York’s DMV databases without a court order. Now, it looks like the Trump team is temporarily barring New Yorkers from enrolling in Global Entry, reportedly because info in the DMV databases is needed to vet applicants. In other news, around 150 bizes (including Amazon and Nike) signed a letter opposing anti-LBTQ+ laws in Tennessee. And meanwhile, the man accused of killing 22 people in the El Paso Walmart shooting was charged with hate crimes. 

 

WORLD: Recently, it came out that the doctor who alerted Chinese authorities of a potential “SARS-like” virus - the Wuhan coronavirus - back in December has died of the disease. Initially, the doctor was accused of creating rumors by Wuhan police after info about the virus was posted on social media. Now, as the death toll reaches at least 638, many are angry at the Chinese gov for unfairly attacking the doctor and potentially lying to the public about the severity of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, recently, it was revealed that a US operation killed the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Qasim al-Rayim. Stay tuned. 

 

CLIMATE: We’ll remind you: a couple years ago, the Trump team carried out the largest reversal of national monument protections in US history. Meaning much of the land around national monuments would lose protections and potentially be developed. Fast forward to yesterday, and the Trump team finalized plans to allow development on previously protected land in Utah. Now, it looks like this land could be used by energy developers and ranchers. Speaking of which, a new study found that bumblebee populations recently dropped by 46% in North America. Because, hotter temps. And in other news, New York’s statewide ban on plastic bags goes into effect at the end of February. This comes as the US is facing a paper bag shortage. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Galactic Starcruiser:” Disney’s new ‘Star Wars’ hotel. Stay here, we must. 


SAY WHAT?

“Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much” - Netflix, announcing a new setting that lets you get rid of Autoplay previews. Netflix gets it. 

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