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This Week at a Glance
Monday: Iowa caucuses, Alphabet earnings
Tuesday: State of the Union address
Wednesday: Impeachment final vote expected, Spotify earnings
Thursday: Uber & Twitter earnings
Friday: Democratic presidential debate, January jobs report
The Race for the White House
The Iowa caucuses, the first 2020 presidential nominating contest, take place today – check out last week’s breakdown to see what’s actually occurring today, as well as how the delegates that determine the presidential nomination are assigned.
What’s after Iowa: The Iowa caucus marks the beginning of ‘primary season.’ The candidates are competing to win the support of 3,979 pledged delegates, a majority of which are needed to secure the DNC’s presidential nomination in July.
February: New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina (104 delegates total – excluding Iowa).
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Impeachment Trial Update
On Friday, the Senate voted 51-49 (mainly along party lines) to not allow any witness testimony in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Final arguments are set to begin at 11 AM today, followed by a final impeachment vote expected on Wednesday.
Authorities in the Philippines have confirmed the first death due to the coronavirus outside of China – a 44-year-old man who traveled from Wuhan. As of Sunday night, there are 17,295 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 362 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins’ real-time online virus tracker.
On Friday, the Trump administration announced it was adding six countries to its travel ban list for failure to meet security standards, including Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. Immigration visas will be suspended for four of the countries (including Nigeria), while the other two will have limited access to the “visa lottery” system.
Several companies announced leadership changes over the weekend:
WeWork is naming former Brookfield chief executive Sandeep Mathrani as CEO (per a WSJ report). SoftBank exec Marcelo Clure will remain as executive chairman.
ViacomCBS said Friday that CEO Joe Ianniello will be succeeded by George Cheeks, a longtime NBCUniversal exec.
Hulu CEO Randy Freer is stepping down. Leaders at Hulu will now report directly to Disney execs.
The Coronavirus Effect
The coronavirus outbreak led to several economic precautions over the weekend:
China’s central bank said it will be pumping a net 150 billion yuan ($22 billion) into the economy Monday to help protect it from the impact of the coronavirus.
Starbucks, Apple, and McDonald’s have joined the list of companies that temporarily closed some or all of their Chinese locations.
Over 50 airlines have reduced service or outright canceled all flights to mainland China – check out the full list here.
Soul of the Party
In 2017, blogger and social media personality Meir Kalmanson felt a unique connection when he encountered a man living on the streets of New York City. The man was holding a sign indicating he didn’t want any money or anything to eat, he just wanted some human connection – to talk to somebody, anybody. After treating the man to lunch and learning more of his story, Meir was inspired to host a Super Bowl party for those without families or homes, dubbing it Super “Soul” Sunday.
Now part of a growing non-profit, these annual events are an opportunity for people to eat, watch the game, and share genuine human connection with others. Since 2017, Super Soul Sundays have expanded to 15 major cities nationwide, with more than 100 people attending last year’s party in New York. Meir realized that sports have the power to bring people of all backgrounds together in celebration, reminding us that we’re all on the same team.
Sarah Schecter, a middle school principal in Arlington, TX, is a shining example of the power of kindness. When Sarah discovered, through an off-hand comment, that the father of three of her pupils was suffering from renal failure and in need of a kidney transplant, she felt compelled to take action.
Although they are strangers from different families, genders, and races, Sarah selflessly offered to donate one of her kidneys to the children’s father, Nate. The two proved to be a match, and the kidney replacement surgery went off without a hitch. Due to Sarah’s courageous act of generosity, three young students now have their dad back.
Mamba Memorial… watch as the Los Angeles Lakers pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant in a pregame ceremony Friday before their game against the Portland Trail Blazers (video).
Ad-venture Time… the cost to air a 30-second ad in yesterday’s Super Bowl was $5.6 million – check out a recap of the best commercials from the game here.
Spring is in the air… Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in front of a record-setting crowd at 7:28 AM Sunday morning and did not see his shadow, thus predicting an early spring.
Neanderthal novelty… a study published in Science magazine has found that modern populations across Africa contain an unexpectedly large amount of Neanderthal ancestry, a discovery that overturns conventional scientific theory.
Watch Your Language
“It’s all Greek to me” is a phrase an English speaker might say when something is difficult to understand. What language is substituted in the phrase for Greek-speaking countries?