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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Joe Biden is back in it. 

 

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. 

Right now, Dems are having their primary elections to work out who will face off against Prez Trump. Over the past few weeks, you’ve watched voters head to the polls in Iowa - where Pete Buttigieg just barely snagged the win over Bernie Sanders - and Nevada and New Hampshire - where Sanders came out on top. Next up: South Carolina.

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

A lot went down. Spoiler: Joe Biden took the win - while Tom Steyer and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race, apparently because they didn’t see a path forward. Big big deal, since South Carolina was seen as Biden’s last chance to make an impact in this election. But now, just one day before Super Tuesday, it looks like Biden’s only trailing Sanders nationwide by 8 delegates. 

 

SO…?

Tomorrow, voters in 14 states head to the polls in what’s known as Super Tuesday. TBD on whether a clear winner emerges. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: All eyes are on the coronavirus. In the US, the first two coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed - both of which were in Washington state. Plus the first cases were reported in New York, Florida, and and Rhode Island. This came after Prez Trump called the virus a “new hoax” during a rally. Meanwhile, cases in Italy surged by around 50 percent in a single day - while South Korea faced 600 new cases over the weekend. Now, it looks like countries are scrambling to contain the virus as the global death tolls reaches 3,000. In other news, recently, South Korea said ‘well that can’t be good’ and announced that North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles. Stay tuned. 

 

POLITICS: The other day, the US and the Taliban shook hands on their new peace deal. You read that right. The deal would have the US withdrawing most of the 12,000 troops currently in Afghanistan, while the Taliban would shake its head to harboring terror groups - plus intro negotiations with the Afghan gov for lasting peace. Oh, and the deal also includes a prisoner swap. Only a slight problem...Afghanistan’s prez says the US doesn’t have the authority to promise a prisoner release. And recently, publicly rejected the swap’s timeline. No word yet on this from the US gov. Meanwhile, Turkey is opening Europe’s gates to new migrants - many of whom come from Syria. Cue backlash from European govs. 

 

ELECTIONS: ICYMI, back in April 2019, Israel headed to the polls. The race was between the current prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) and Benny Gantz - who’s known as the anti-Netanyahu. Netanyahu took the win...but his political party didn’t snag the majority. Meaning it was up to Netanyahu to get a group of parties together in a coalition - something he wasn’t able to do. Cue election number two - except after multiple attempts, neither candidate was able to form a majority gov. Now, it looks like the country’s heading to the polls for the third time in eleven months. Speaking of elections, Slovakia just elected an anti-corruption party to the gov in what’s being seen as a response to the murder of a prominent journalist. 


WHAT TO KNOW

37 pounds:” the size of the lake trout this fisherman caught. No, this isn’t somefin of fintasy. 


SAY WHAT?

“Oh my god, just wash your hands” - an actual headline. But why?

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