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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Another Dem debate took place last night.

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

ICYMI, this year, the US heads to the polls in the 2020 presidential election. Spoiler: the Republican candidate is (most likely) Prez Trump, who’s up for re-election - while the Dem candidate is TBD. Enter: the Dem debates. They’re known as a chance for candidates to stand out and make it clear what they stand for. And last night, another Dem debate was held - this time, in Washington, DC

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

A lot went down. Hint: for the first time ever, there were only two candidates on the stage. Cue a Joe Biden vs Bernie Sanders showdown. Sanders went after Biden over Social Security. Biden went after Sanders for his apparently unrealistic plans. Both guys went after each other over their past voting history (cough, the Hyde Amendment, cough). The coronavirus was a big talking point. As in Sanders put the blame on the American healthcare system - while Biden pointed fingers at Prez Trump’s response. Then added that the US needs “results, not a revolution.” Oh, and Biden pinky promised to pick a woman to be his vice prez if he ended up snagging the nomination - while Sanders said he’s considering it. Three cheers. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Everyone was split. And thought both guys had good moments...and both guys had bad moments. 

 

SO…?

The Dem convention is just months away. TBD on which candidate wins. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: All eyes are on the coronavirus. We’ll give you the rundown. Millions of students are out of school, including all of New York - the largest school system in the US. Some state govs are placing restrictions on restaurants and bars or even closing them. Flights worldwide are being cancelled. The US expanded its travel ban to the UK and Ireland - while Germany is partially shutting down its borders. There are now more reported coronavirus cases outside of China than within China. Plus 6,500 deaths. The economy’s not doing all that well, either. Yesterday, the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to...zero. Not a typo. In response, the stock market fell, triggering another circuit breaker. Panic button, hit. 

 

MIDDLE EAST: Recently, three Americans and two Iraqis were injured after rockets struck a military base in Iraq where American troops are stationed. That marks the second rocket attack in a week there. The first one, on Wednesday, was reportedly launched by an Iranian-backed militia group. No word yet on whether they’re responsible for this attack, too - but it’s raising concerns about increasing conflict in the area. Speaking of which, the Syrian civil war has now entered its 10th year. Yes, really. Reminder: the war pits the Syrian gov - backed by Russian - against rebels - some of which are backed by the US. It’s left millions of Syrian civilians displaced and over a hundred thousand dead. 

 

POLITICS: Everyone’s talking about Israel. We’ll refresh your memory. Last year, Israel headed to the polls - and handed the win to current-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Problem, since his political party didn’t snag the majority. Meaning it was up to Netanyahu to get a group of parties together in a coalition. Whiiiich he wasn’t able to do. Intro election number two - except after multiple attempts, neither candidate was able to form a majority gov. So a couple weeks ago, Israel had its third election in eleven months. Netanyahu took the win - but his opponent, Benny Gantz, was backed by a sliiiiim majority of lawmakers, so it looks like he’ll be given the chance to form a new coalition gov. Suspense, thick. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Egg McMuffin rat:” everyone’s new favorite viral animal. Accurate representation of NYC. 


SAY WHAT?

“Penguins in the Amazon?!” - the Shedd Aquarium after letting penguins explore the rest of the aquarium. Penguinteresting. 

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