Good morning. Here’s some good news to start your day: today marks the first official day of spring – the earliest start to the season since 1896.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Elliot
The Race to the White House
Three Democratic primaries were held on Tuesday (Arizona, Florida, Illinois) after Ohio postponed their contest at the last minute. Joe Biden won a decisive victory in all three states – the closest being a 12-point margin in AZ – further extending his lead over Bernie Sanders.
And the scoreboard shows… There are still 66 unpledged delegates that will be fully allocated once 100% of each state’s votes have been counted. The delegate count so far (1,991 needed for a majority):
Biden: 1,180 delegates (19 states won)
Sanders: 884 delegates (8 states won)
An uphill battle… Bernie Sanders is facing an all-but-impossible comeback – FiveThirtyEight currently gives Joe Biden a 99.1% chance to win the nomination. With the Democrats’ proportional system of allocating delegates, Sanders would need to:
Win a majority of states going forward, and
Win those states by large margins to make up his ~300-delegate disadvantage.
What’s Next? Sanders’ campaign manager has said they will “assess his campaign” shortly after Tuesday’s results were made public. The next scheduled primary is March 29 in Puerto Rico, though it will likely be postponed until April 26 due to coronavirus. Should that delay occur, the next round of primaries would take place on April 4.
So… what are people saying?
It’s time for Bernie Sanders to do what’s right for America
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Global cases rose above 215,000 yesterday with more than 8,700 confirmed deaths. According to the NYT, the number of confirmed U.S. cases rose to more than 8,017 with 143 confirmed deaths.
The Senate voted 90-8 to pass a House-approved ‘phase two’ emergency spending package on Wednesday (later signed into law by President Trump) – tune in tomorrow for an in-depth look at the government’s legislative actions against the virus.
The first two members of Congress – Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) – tested positive for the virus late Wednesday.
The U.S. & Canada have closed their shared border to all nonessential travel.
President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to block the entry of certain migrants and asylum-seekers at the southern border.
A federally funded study published yesterday shows how long coronavirus can survive in air particles and on certain common surfaces.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh formally named Adnan al-Zurfi as his prime minister-delegate, after the country’s political parties could not decide on a consensus candidate. Mr. Zurfi will have 30 days to form a cabinet and win parliamentary approval, which seems unlikely given the current opposition to his nomination.
More: Iraqi officials said at least three rockets struck Baghdad’s Green Zone (2km away from the U.S. Embassy) on Tuesday – the fourth such attack in under a week.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Salt Lake City area in Utah early Wednesday morning, leaving 73,000 homes and businesses without power – the city’s airport was also closed. There were no reports of injuries or major structural damage.
More inclement weather news: Experts have warned of an outbreak of severe thunderstorms (with the potential to form tornadoes) forecasted to hit large sections of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas today.
Apple on Wednesday unveiled the all-new 2020 iPad Pro – available in 11-inch & 12.9-inch variants – that features new 3D scanning technology. Apple also introduced a new 13-inch MacBook Air with twice as much storage than the previous version.
Chinese-based social media app TikTok announced Wednesday that it has formed an independent Content Advisory Council staffed with experts in child safety, hate speech, and misinformation. The group will meet later this month to review existing policies and discuss future content moderation strategies.
Take The Cake
Many small businesses have borne the brunt of the impact from the coronavirus outbreak (and subsequent nationwide quarantine). San Francisco bakery Butter&, however, recently saw their busiest day in history thanks to a bit of innovation.
The local bakery introduced a new delivery item – a gourmet “quarantine cake” that serves 1-2 people and comes with a PSA in frosting, such as “wash your hands” or “don’t touch your face.”
The Round Mound of Renown
Most retired professional athletes are protective of the awards and trophies accumulated over a long career. A notable exception is Charles Barkley, who recently revealed plans to auction off his entire collection of NBA memorabilia.
The basketball legend’s decision to sell was not made on a whim – Barkley will use all of the proceeds to build 20 affordable houses in his hometown of Leeds, Alabama.
State of the Art
The coronavirus outbreak has caused nearly all museums and art galleries across the globe to close, leaving millions of people across the world confined indoors until further notice.
For anyone itching to experience beautiful art without leaving your home, Google Arts and Culture has partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries to offer virtual tours of their vast collections.
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