Good morning. The results are in from yesterday’s poll and the people have spoken – McDonald’s was chosen as the best fast-food breakfast on the market, capturing 35% of the vote. Here are the rest of the results:
Taco Bell: 4%
Tim Horton’s: 3%
“The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.”
– Robert Brault
The Israel Election Saga
Israel’s third general election in the past 11 months was held yesterday, an unprecedented event for the country.
Back to the beginning… Benjamin Netanyahu, the incumbent prime minister, has been locked in a stalemate with challenger Benny Gantz since the first general election was held last April.
Round 1: Netanyahu seemingly won a majority, yet was unable to form a ruling coalition.
Round 2: The next election was held in September – Netanyahu supporters won a slight plurality, but the incumbent PM again failed to form a government.
Round 2.1: Gantz was then given a chance to build his own ruling coalition, but he too failed.
Indictment Excitement As the elections played out, Netanyahu also came under legal pressure from Israel’s attorney general.
The prime minister was indicted in November on three separate corruption cases, including a charge of bribery.
Netanyahu’s trial will begin on Mar. 17 – potentially concurrent with his third attempt at forming a ruling coalition.
Moving forward… According to exit polls (which have previously been unreliable at predicting results), Netanyahu supporters are expected to be two seats shy of winning a ruling majority. Official election results will likely be available later today.
So… what are people saying?
Bernie Sanders’ rise has Israel alarmed as Netanyahu looks to hold onto power
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Super Tuesday is Here
Fourteen states and one U.S. territory are holding their Democratic primaries or caucuses today, with a total of 1,344 delegates up for grabs. Amy Klobuchar announced Monday that she is ending her campaign and endorsing Joe Biden. Pete Buttigieg, who dropped out Sunday, also endorsed the former VP.
The Supreme Court announced it will hear an appeal seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The case is scheduled to take place during the Court’s next term, which begins in October, though an ultimate decision is not expected until after November’s election.
Washington state health officials announced four more deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to six.
No other U.S. state has seen a death from the virus. There are 91 confirmed cases across 12 states (Wash. included).
Saudi Arabia announced its first case of the virus yesterday, bringing the number of countries with a confirmed case up to 73.
More than 91,000 confirmed cases have been reported worldwide, with over 3,100 deaths.
Helpful Resources: Traveling during the outbreak? Here’s all your coronavirus travel questions answered, plus a guide from the CDC on how to prevent COVID-19 spread in communities.
Help is on the Way(mo)
Alphabet’s self-driving automotive company, Waymo, announced it has raised $2.25 billion in the company’s first round of external funding. The funding round is headlined by private equity firm Silver Lake, while other significant investors include Andreessen Horowitz and AutoNation Inc.
What Goes Up…
U.S. stock markets saw a bounce-back from last week’s rapid decline, with the Dow posting its largest single-day gain in more than a decade. On the flip side, stock futures late Monday night predicted the market would drop once again after opening on Tuesday.
Settle Me Timbers
Apple has tentatively agreed to a $500 million settlement after the company admitted to secretly throttling the battery life of the iPhone 6 and 7 series. The deal would provide a $25 payout to any current or former owner of those devices.
In other settlement news, pharma giant Novartis has been fined $195 million by the DOJ for colluding with other drugmakers to fix prices of generic drugs.
Search and Rescue
When most people are asked to picture a climate conservationist, the image that forms in their head is generally not that of a person behind a computer screen.
Introducing a new eco-friendly search engine, Ekoru – for each online query made on its site, the organization uses the revenue to remove one pound of trash from the ocean.
The Gift of Thrift
As kids from low-income families mature and develop, it can be difficult for parents to keep up with a wardrobe for children who are constantly changing sizes.
Enter Obocho Peters – an 11-year-old from Brooklyn, New York – who recently opened the first physical location of Obocho’s Closet, a thrift store that sells donated clothes and shoes for kids for less than $10 apiece.
When Anoushka Talwar was born prematurely after just 27 weeks of pregnancy, her father used to read to his “preemie” baby as a way to bond through the incubator at the NICU.
Now 14 years old, Anoushka recently launched a project to establish mini-libraries at the pre-natal care units of two local hospitals, winning the Girl Scouts’ second-highest organizational honor for her work.
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Rest in Peace… Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric for 20 years, passed away peacefully late Sunday night at the age of 84.
Playing Hardball… MSNBC host Chris Matthews led off his Monday segment by abruptly announcing his retirement – he did not return to the program (*drops mic, walks out*).
Shake It Off… tech companies across Silicon Valley have incorporated ‘No Handshake’ policies, as four confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been seen in NorCal.
Solving a dead end… in 1990, a math paper was published with a dead man as a co-author after the original writer had a breakthrough following a dream involving his deceased friend.
Zonkeys, Beets, Battlestar Galactica
Which actor from “The Office” owns a pet zonkey (half-zebra, half-donkey)?
A) Rainn Wilson B) Steve Carrell C) Jenna Fischer D) John Krasinski