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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Yesterday was Big Tuesday.

 

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. The overall winner is based on a system similar to the electoral college. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

So far, you’ve seen voters head to the polls in countless states - from California to Iowa to Texas. Yesterday, another six states got their turn in what’s known as Big Tuesday. We’ll cut to the chase. In Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho, former Vice Prez Joe Biden took the win. Bernie Sanders snagged North Dakota - while Washington is a virtual tie, with votes still coming in. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Big deal, since this means Biden effectively won both Super Tuesday and Big Tuesday. Add that to South Carolina, and Biden’s got 837 delegates as of now - while Sanders has won 689. Neither candidate is close to 1,991 delegates - the amount needed to snag the nomination - but experts say it’s mathematically challenging for Sanders to get to that point. 

 

SO…?

This tide has quickly turned in this election. TBD on who ends up winning. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Everyone’s talking about the coronavirus. Cases around the world have now surpassed 115,000, with the death toll currently standing at 4,200. In the US, the National Guard is heading to New York to enforce a one-mile “containment zone” around the suburb of New Rochelle in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Over at Google, the biz is asking all of its employees in North America to pretty please work from home. Google’s not the only one. Everything from schools to sporting contests to concerts have been cancelled across the US. And recently, Harvard switched to online schooling and asked students to return home. Over in Italy, the whole country is still on lockdown. Stay tuned. 

 

POLITICS: Russian Prez Vladimir Putin is having a good day. Recently, Russia’s lower house of parliament nodded their heads to a constitutional amendment that’d let Putin extend his rule until 2036, well past his term limit - which ends in 2024. Now, it’s off to the Constitutional Court to see whether it becomes official. Speaking of which, an appeals court just ruled that the House of Reps can have access to secret grand jury material gathered in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Yes, really. Expect the Trump team to contest the ruling. And in other news, American intelligence officials say the Russian gov is trying to inflame US racial tensions ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Reassuring. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization revealed that world hunger is on the rise - with climate change being the main cause. Over 820 million people faced hunger in 2018 due in part to crop failures, locust swarms, and extreme weather. Not good. In other bad news: the same study found that displacement and death from natural disasters related to climate change will disrupt the lives of millions of people over the coming years. Meanwhile, some scientists are warning that the Amazon rainforest could be nearing a point of no return unless damage to the forest is reversed. If this point was reached, it’d apparently turn the rainforest into a grassy savannah within 50 years. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$100,000:” how much Airbnb is giving 10 people to build weird houses as part of its new challenge. Seems counterintuitive. 


SAY WHAT?

“McDonald's is selling a new Big Mac with four patties” - an actual headline. No. 

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