WORLD: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s making waves. Reminder: months ago, Israel headed to the polls. And re-elected Netanyahu...barely. Problem, because once elected, it’s the prime minister’s job to put together a gov majority and form a coalition. Something Netanyahu wasn’t able to do. So last May, the gov said ‘okay, back to the drawing board’ and announced they’d be holding new elections. Cue panic for Netanyahu. Case in point: yesterday, Netanyahu announced that if he’s elected again, he’ll annex (take over) a third of the West Bank. The West Bank is a mostly-Palestinian region that’s also home to (illegal) Israeli settlements. Now, it looks like Netanyahu’s planning on making these settlements a part of Israel.
USA: Recently, it was discovered that the number of Americans with health insurance dropped last year for the first time since Obamacare passed in 2010. The why: in part, Republican efforts to weaken Obamacare. As of now, reports say about 27.5 million people (or 8.5% of the population) are without health insurance - up from 7.9% the year before. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, a sixth person is believed to have died from a vaping-related lung disease. Reminder: hundreds of people have been hospitalized with severe respiratory illnesses after vaping - prompting an investigation. It’s still not clear what’s causing these illnesses.
POLITICS: Recently, it was revealed that the Trump team won’t be granting temporary protected status (TPS) to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. The US gov sometimes hands out TPS to people dealing with disasters in their home country - allowing them to come live in the US for a little while. Now, it looks like the gov is shaking its head to giving TPS to those impacted by Dorian. In other news, yesterday was the North Carolina special election. The whole (political) world was watching. Spoiler: the Republican candidate took the win - but it was very very close. And meanwhile, California lawmakers just passed two versions of the Fair Pay to Play Act, which lets student athletes get endorsements and make money.