ELECTIONS: ICYDK, today, some US states head to the polls in the 2020 primaries. Florida, Arizona, Illinois, and Ohio are all voting - except Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that polls would be closed today. Because, COVID-19. And in Florida, many poll workers didn’t show up over virus fears. Not yet clear whether people will actually go out and vote today. Speaking of elections, Russia’s Constitutional Court just gave the thumbs-up to this package of amendments that’d give Prez Putin the chance to stick around until 2036. This comes just days after Putin signed off on reform bill that says it’ll let him become “president for life.” Democracy, wya?
WORLD: Recently, two bombs exploded in front of a gov office in Thailand’s southern Yala province. 18 people were wounded, including reporters, police officers, and soldiers. The explosions came in an area that’s been facing an insurgency since 2004 that’s led to the deaths of around 7,000 people. No word yet on who’s responsible. In other news, yesterday, a gunman went on a shooting spree in Springfield, Missouri, moving from location to location before ultimately ending up at a gas station. 4 people, including a police officer, were killed, with multiple others injured. The attacker also appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Now, authorities are looking into any potential motive.
GOV: Recently, France said ‘empty le pockets, Apple’ and fined the biz $1.2 billion. The country’s antitrust regulator said Apple was unfairly dividing products and customers between two wholesalers - plus forcing the wholesalers to charge the same prices for products offered in Apple’s own retail stores. In other words: abusing its economic power. Now, it looks like Apple will have to cough up $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, the Dept of Justice is looking to drop charges against Russians accused of funding a troll farm to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The why: the Russians fought the charges in court...and apparently “obtained discovery” about the US gov’s efforts to root out election interference. Stay tuned.