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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Kansas City Chiefs are the chiefs. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Yesterday was the Super Bowl. All of America tuned in. This year, it was the Kansas City Chiefs - who haven’t won a Super Bowl in 50 years - versus the San Francisco 49ers - who haven’t won in 25 years. No, the New England Patriots weren’t there

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The Chiefs beat out the 49ers by thiiiiis much. Hint: the first quarter ended with a tie...the second quarter ended with a tie...the third quarter ended with a ten point lead for the 49ers...and in the last 6 minutes and 13 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs scored three touchdowns, winning the game 31-20. The winning didn’t stop there: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the MVP. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

For people who only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the halftime performance, here’s the rundown. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performed. Bad Bunny and J Balvin were there, too. So was J. Lo’s daughter. Puerto Rico got a shoutout. Oh, and history was made. See: J Lo and Shakira were the first Latin artists to co-headline the event - plus the first pair of female artists to share top billing. Then there were the commercials. Everyone cried over Google. Mr. Peanut is now Baby Nut. There were lots and lots and lots of celebs. And lots and lots and lots of electric vehicles. Boston accents made an appearance. Smaht. 

 

SO…?

For the first Super Bowl in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs came home with a win. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Today is a big big day in US politics. Cough, the Iowa caucus, cough. We’ll remind you: the Republican nominee for prez is Trump. But the Dem nominee….is TBD. Enter: the primaries. Every presidential election cycle, the political party without a nominee holds an election to figure out the lucky guy or gal. Like a normal election, each state votes, with a candidate winning based on the electoral college. Now, all eyes are on Iowa - the first state to vote in the 2020 primaries - to see which candidate takes the early lead. Breath, bated. Meanwhile, the other day, the Senate said ‘nay’ and voted 51-49 for no witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial. Lawmakers are set to vote on whether to acquit him this Wednesday. 

 

WORLD: The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak keeps getting worse and worse. At least 362 people have now died from the virus, with around 17,300 people infected around the world. That means more people have now died from the Wuhan coronavirus than from the SARS epidemic in 2002/2003. Not a typo. And recently, the first death outside of China was reported in the Philippines. Now, the US is starting to place new rules around travel from China - which China’s gov says is an “overreaction.” Speaking of which, the Trump team is officially expanding its travel ban to include six new countries. Includes Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, the most populous country on the continent, and a major US trading partner. Cue backlash. 

 

VIOLENCE: All eyes are on these monarch butterfly activists in Mexico. Reminder: monarch butterflies hibernate in Mexican woods - but illegal logging has threatened their environment. There are some butterfly sanctuaries across Mexico, and activists - like Homero Gómez and Raúl Hernández - fight against illegal logging to protect the monarch butterflies. But over the past couple of weeks, both of these activists have been gone missing before being found dead, with signs of beatings. Authorities are investigating, but there’s speculation the deaths could have been carried out by criminal gangs. Stay tuned. In other news, UNICEF estimates that around 300,000 people in Syria have been displaced since December as the civil war intensifies. 


WHAT TO KNOW

The right playlist:” what makes workouts more effective, according to a new study. Spotify propaganda. 


SAY WHAT?

“He’s usually wrong” - a reporter after Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. That’s colder than this winter. 

Hey there! For 2020, we're trying something new. Every month, we'll be featuring a member of The Cramm Fam on here as our Crammer Of The Month. So without further ado: meet Jade Cave!

Name: Jade Cave

Age: 15

Location: Fiji

Fun fact: I'm currently working on my first novel, and I'm a founding member of my school's student-led magazine: The Tide. 
 
Why I'm a member of The Cramm Fam: I believe that we are the most politically activated generation in history, and that a fundamental cause of this is our access to information that fuels activism. We can't change the world unless we know about it. I became a Crammer because I love having unbiased, well-researched news always available to me. I loved that it was written in a way that spoke directly to young people. 
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