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– Yogi Berra
The Direction of the Election
Sixteen states have postponed their primary elections due to the COVID-19 outbreak, while others have forged ahead after placing restrictions on in-person voting.
You’ve Got Mail Over the past month, four states held their Democratic primary elections entirely by mail due to COVID-19 concerns (AK, WY, OH, & KS).
The only other state primary during that time (WI) featured limited in-person voting options alongside mail-in ballots.
The Nebraska primary (taking place today) will also offer in-person voting, though state officials expect a much lighter crowd at the polls than usual.
General Manager California became the first state to send mail-in ballots for the upcoming general election to all of its registered voters due to COVID-19 concerns on Friday, while Connecticut indicated it would do the same for November’s contest.
The District of Columbia and 34 states currently utilize no-excuse absentee ballots, meaning any registered voter can request a ballot for any reason.
American voters living abroad (including deployed military personnel) are automatically sent an absentee ballot for every election through a standardized process run by the Department of Defense.
What’s Next? Hawaii is the only other state to cancel all in-person voting and transition to a primary election held entirely by mail, with ballots due by May 22. Other states – DE, IN, MD, RI, GA, WV, & more – have expanded access to absentee ballots for their upcoming primary elections.
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Global cases rose to nearly 4.26 million yesterday with over 287,300 deaths. The number of confirmed U.S. cases is approaching 1.39 million with 81,795 confirmed deaths.
The White Housemandated on Monday that all personnel entering the West Wing must wear masks after two aides tested positive in recent days.
New York Gov. Cuomosaid some businesses in northern parts of the state can resume operations starting Friday. See where your state stands on reopening here.
Saudi Arabia on Monday announced plans to triple its value-added tax starting July 1 in an attempt to boost its coronavirus-hit economy and raise oil prices.
The CDCreleased an analysis suggesting there may be ~5,000 more COVID-19 deaths in New York City than originally reported.
Northwestern Universityannounced a plan to furlough employees, reduce executive salaries, and draw from its endowment to help alleviate a predicted $90 million budget shortfall.
Those still waiting on stimulus checks must submit their bank account information by noon on Wednesday to be eligible for direct deposit.
Deadly Training Exercise Off Iranian Coast
At least 19 sailors were killed and 15 injured after a missile struck a warship during a training exercise, the Iranian Navy announced on Monday. The incident occurred on Sunday in the Gulf of Oman, off the southeast coast of Iran.
More: Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf previously had an encounter with several U.S. Navy warships in late April.
Interpol released a ‘red notice’ seeking the arrest of Anne Sacoolas on Monday. The wife of a U.S. intelligence official, Mrs. Sacoolas is accused of killing a teenage motorcyclist while driving on the wrong side of the road in the UK. The notice came after a Home Office extradition request was rejected by the U.S. in January.
More: An Interpol Red Notice is NOT an arrest warrant, but an alert to law enforcement officers about internationally-wanted fugitives. Read more about it here.
Major U.S. stock indices showed mixed results on Monday (Dow -0.5%, S&P +0.02%, Nasdaq +0.8%) following last week’s across-the-board gains.
Tesla CEO Elon Muskannounced on Twitter that the company’s Fremont, CA factory has reopened in defiance of local shutdown laws.
Endeavor Group Holdingssecured a $260 million loan on Monday to bolster the company’s struggling entertainment business.
Twitter will begin to add labels to tweets that contain disputed information regarding COVID-19.
Let’s Touch Base
MLB owners on Monday approved a proposal that would begin the season without fans around the Fourth of July. The deal now heads to the players’ union for approval, where it likely faces an uphill battle, as a key aspect involves players’ salaries being paid out of a 50-50 revenue split – a distinction that led to the 1994 players’ strike.
More: NBC Sports’ Peter King held a telephone interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday to discuss COVID-19’s potential impact on the NFL’s future.
Half and Half
Bitcoin experienced a ‘halving’ event on Monday, as so-called bitcoin ‘miners’ saw their rewards decrease by half going forward. Halving events are programmed into bitcoin’s code by its mysterious inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, and are scheduled to occur once every four years.
More: Bitcoin miners are people who use specialized computing rigs to solve complex mathematical problems in exchange for bitcoins, or BTC. Starting today, the reward for solving a problem falls from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC.
How Sweet It Is
Love can make people do crazy things – just ask California native Richard Farmer. He was driving home last month when he saw a 93-year-old man walking along the side of the road. Intrigued, Richard stopped and asked the man, named Mike, if he needed help.
Mike explained to Richard that he had shared a chocolate bar with his wife each night for the past 20 years, and wasn’t about to let the pandemic put an end to his streak. And, thanks to Richard’s timely assistance, it didn’t.
Let Them Eat (Cup)Cake
When FedEx driver Jordan Price of Fishers, Indiana, discovered one of his packages was intended for a home-bound birthday girl, he came up with a plan to celebrate the little girl’s special day.
After delivering the birthday parcel, Jordan quietly snuck out to Dairy Queen. He returned minutes later, bearing ice cream cupcakes for the toddler and her family to enjoy.
In the fight against COVID-19, we often take our health care workers for granted – though many have been asked to shoulder additional risks to care for the rising number of infected patients.
More than 4,000 staff members at New York City’s Elmhurst Hospital were recently given a free three-night round-trip vacation as thanks for their tenacious fight against the virus.
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🌎 Around The World… check out these ten pictures to see how COVID-19 lockdowns have affected countries around the globe.
⚔️ The Plot Thickens… $750 million, “big political connections,” and a proposed coup – what could go wrong? Here’s the story behind an ex-Green Beret’s plot to overthrow Venezuela.
💵 Check It Out… over 130 million stimulus checks have gone out to U.S. residents – see which states received the most money.
💡 Electric Avenue… for the first time ever, U.S. renewable energy sources generated more electricity than coal each day during the entire month of April.
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The hottest temperature known to mankind was registered at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, where scientists smashed gold particles together to produce a split-second temperature of 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit.