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“To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.”
– Winston Churchill
The Race to the White House
Six states voted on the Democratic presidential nominee yesterday (plus the Democrats Abroad primary officially closed), with a total of 365 delegates up for grabs. Just three Democratic hopefuls remain in the race (delegate counts are from before Tuesday’s contests):
Joe Biden – 670 delegates
Bernie Sanders – 574 delegates
Tulsi Gabbard – 2 delegates
And the winner is… While all of the votes need to be counted to determine the exact delegate count, enough data has been gathered to call the winners in each state:
Biden: Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Idaho.
Sanders: Leads in North Dakota and Washington, though enough votes have not been counted to definitively call either state.
Primaries/Caucuses: 2,187 delegates remaining across 30 more contests. Next Tuesday, four more states hold primaries, with 577 delegates up for grabs.
Debates: The next debate will be held on Sunday, March 15 in Phoenix, AZ.
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Global cases rose above 119,000 with more than 4,250 deaths. According to the NYT, the number of confirmed U.S. cases rose above 1,000, with at least 31 deaths. Yesterday:
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo deployed the National Guard to New Rochelle on Tuesday – the small town just north of NYC has 108 of the state’s 173 confirmed cases.
Massachusetts, Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina joined the 11 other states who have made declarations of emergency.
Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak.
Coachella & Stagecoach – two sizeable California music festivals – were both postponed until October.
More: Both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceled rallies in Ohio scheduled for Tuesday night.
Afghanistan’s Two Presidents
Both rival Afghan ‘presidents’ declared themselves the winner of last September’s election and took the oath of office in separate inaugurations on Monday. Afghanistan’s electoral commission says incumbent Ashraf Ghani narrowly beat challenger Abdullah Abdullah, who has made claims of a fraudulent election process.
More: A U.S. military official said American troops had begun to leave Afghanistan as part of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed late last month.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin threw his support behind a constitutional amendment that would effectively reset his term limit as president. Under Russia’s constitution, the president is only allowed to serve two consecutive terms of 4 years – the amendment would allow Putin to legally run again in 2024. The amendment is different from previously proposed changes, which would bolster the power of the prime minister after Putin leaves the presidency – the measure was .
In unrelated legal news: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to allow the House to see an unredacted version of the Mueller Report.
All three major U.S. stock indexes rose nearly 5% yesterday, in stark contrast to Monday’s historically bad trading results. Late Monday night, President Trump said he would be meeting with Congressional Republicans to consider potential payroll tax relief, which sent stock futures soaring ahead of the opening bell on Tuesday.
More: Dow futures indicate an opening loss of more than 500 points today.
Jumping the Gun
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it will stop selling guns at 440 more locations (out of 850 total stores). Shares rose 13% yesterday, as the company also reported its latest financial results.
More: Following the 2018 Parkland shooting, Dick’s said it would only sell guns to people at least 21 years old and banned assault-style rifles from some stores.
Got You Covered
Insurance broker Aon has agreed to purchase rival broker Willis Towers Watson for nearly $30 billion in stock. The deal is the largest ever in the insurance sector, and creates a combined company that will become the world’s most valuable broker (beating out Marsh & McLennan).
A New Hope
The second person in the world to be cured of HIV publicly revealed his identity on Monday, looking to become an ‘ambassador of hope’ to others who suffer from the disease.
Forty-year-old Adam Castillejo was cured after he underwent a stem-cell treatment for unrelated cancer he also had – the stem cell donor carried an uncommon gene that protects him (and now Adam) against HIV.
Art From the Heart
After his pet dog passed away nearly two years ago, 9-year-old Pavel Abramov decided to turn his attention to other pets in need of his love and affection.
The precocious Russian artist started accepting online commissions for pet portraits and donates the proceeds from each masterpiece to a local animal shelter.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was recently hit by an Ebola epidemic beginning in August 2018 – more than 3,400 have been infected since then, leading to 2,200 deaths.
Last week, the DRC released its final infected patient from the hospital, signaling a welcome end to the second-largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen.
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💡Innovation Conversation… looking for some new ideas? Check out Fast Company’s annual list of the top fifty most innovative companies.