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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Today is Super 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. 

Today is Super Tuesday. Aka when voters in 14 states - plus American Samoa - head to the polls. (Psst...be sure to vote vote vote today if you live in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, or Virginia). Think of it as the biggest day of voting in the Primaries, since all those delegates can effectively decide the winner. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

We’ll remind you: Sen Bernie Sanders (D-VT) currently has 58 delegates - while former Vice Prez Joe Biden has 50. Oh, and the recent endorsements of Amy Klobuchar (who dropped out of the race yesterday), Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke. All of this means the race is shaping up to be moderate vs progressive. 

 

SO…?

Hello. Yes, we’re talking to you. This is your PSA to go vote if you’re eligible today. Like, now. Pretty please. ‘Kay, thanks. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: All eyes are on the Supreme Court. Reminder: ICYMI, Obamacare is kinda sorta controversial. Case in point: the law’s already faced (and survived) the Supremes twice - and is set to meet them again following the 2020 election. The why: Republican state officials, who claim that the law is no longer constitutional because Congress axed its requirement that most Americans snag health insurance. Big deal, since this means arguments could be held in the heat of the presidential election. Hi, drama. Speaking of which, everyone’s talking about Israel’s election - its third in just eleven months. So far, it looks like current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the win - but it’s unclear whether he got enough seats. Stay tuned. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: The US coronavirus death toll keeps rising. The other day, it came out that two people in Washington state had died due to the virus. Now, that number has risen to 6 - with all the deaths so far in Washington. At least half of the deaths were people in their 70s and 80s at a nursing home in the suburbs of Seattle. This comes as more than 100 people have been infected across the US - with that number expected to up as more people get tested. Meanwhile, the stock market’s feeling a tad bit better. As in US stocks surged yesterday on hopes that the Fed would get involved and lower interest rates. At the same time, there are increasing fears that the coronavirus outbreak could cause a global recession. Reassuring. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a tornado hit parts of Nashville and central Tennessee. At least 8 people were killed, with many more injured. 50,000 homes and bizes were left without power, and there have been reports of around 40 structure collapses - not to mention multiple damaged buildings. Now, first responders are working to “ensure persons can get out and secure the areas.” In other news, recently, it came out that an official at the US Interior Dept worked to insert misleading language about climate change into the agency’s scientific report. Hint: (false) claims that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is actually good - along with (again, false) claims that there’s a lack of scientific evidence the earth is warming. Not good. And speaking of not good, a new study says half of all beaches could disappear by 2100. 


WHAT TO KNOW

African wild dogs:” what apparently vote on whether to rest or hunt by sneezing. Achoo. 


SAY WHAT?

“A woman almost got trampled when she tried to pet a moose” - an actual headline. Big moostake. 

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