Good morning. In order to abide by the statewide quarantine, Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, Maryland has begun exclusively offering curbside pickup. But the precautions don’t stop there – in order to further abide by strict social distancing protocols, the winery has been sending out customers’ drink orders by way of an 11-year-old brindle boxer named Soda Pup.
“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
– Nelson Mandela
The Race To The White House
The coronavirus pandemic has temporarily placed the Democratic presidential race on hold. The most recent primaries were held in Illinois, Florida, and Arizona on Mar. 17, while the next primary won’t be held until at least April 7. As of today, fifteen states and one territory have postponed their nominating contests.
Check The Scoreboard The race has been narrowed to two candidates:
Joe Biden: 1,215 delegates (19 states won)
Bernie Sanders: 909 delegates (9 states won)
To win an outright majority, 1,991 delegates must be captured by either candidate.
On, Wisconsin Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has been the only governor thus far to buck the recent cancelation trend. He remains determined to push forward with the original April 7 date for the state’s elections, which also include the State Supreme Court and other local officials.
The next scheduled primary after Wisconsin is in Alaska, where the Democratic Party has canceled all in-person voting and will instead conduct the election entirely by mail (with ballots due April 10).
You’ve Got Mail Wyoming, Ohio, and Hawaii have also banned in-person voting and switched to a strictly mail-in system. About two-thirds of states currently offer “no excuse” absentee ballots (meaning anyone can request a ballot for any reason), while a handful of others have issued emergency exceptions for the upcoming primaries. Another thing to note:
An NYU Law School institute recently estimated the total cost of ensuring a mail-in option is available to all voters is between $982 million and $1.4 billion.
The $2.1 trillion ‘phase three’ stimulus package allocated $400 million in election security grants to help states adapt to the current health crisis.
Upcoming Attractions Four more nominating contests are scheduled to take place this month following Wisconsin’s April 7 elections:
April 10: Alaska* (15 delegates)
April 17: Wyoming* (14 delegates)
April 26: Puerto Rico (51 delegates)
April 28: Ohio* (136 delegates)
*In-person voting has been canceled.
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Global cases rose to more than 935,000 yesterday with more than 47,000 deaths. The number of U.S. cases rose above 215,000 with 5,109 confirmed deaths.
According to a WSJ analysis, Italy’s death count due to coronavirus is much higher than the 13,155 deaths the country has reported thus far.
Along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, a total of 36 states have issued some variant of stay-at-home orders to their residents.
London’s All England Club announced the cancellation of the Wimbledon Championships for the first time since World War II.
The Coast Guard has told foreign-flagged cruise ships carrying passengers diagnosed with coronavirus to turn away from all U.S. ports.
Per Bloomberg, the U.S. intelligence community has told the White House that China is deliberately underreporting the total number of virus cases and deaths.
A Russian plane bearing masks and other supplies landed at JFK International Airport on Wednesday.
Massive Drug Bust In San Diego
Federal agents discovered more than two tons of drugs hidden in a 2,000-foot-long underground tunnel stretching from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, California. The total street value of the drugs, which were seized in a March 19 raid, is estimated to be just under $30 million.
More: This tunnel is separate from the 4,309 foot illicit cross-border tunnel previously discovered by Border Patrol agents in January.
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck central Idaho late Tuesday afternoon, approximately 72 miles northeast of Boise. No injuries or damage was reported in the aftermath of the earthquake, which registered as the state’s most powerful since 1983.
CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that Tesla would donate more than 1,000 FDA approved surplus ventilators to U.S. hospitals free of charge.
U.S. stock indexes closed down nearly 4.5%, while after-hours futures were up nearly 1%.
Mortgage applications have fallen 24% when compared to the same period last year, while refinance applications have increased 168%.
The Treasury Department plans to hire three Wall Street banks to advise the stimulus package’s >$50 billion bailout of the airline industry.
Automakers across the board reported a year-over-year decline in first-quarter sales, headlined by Nissan (29.6%), Fiat Chrysler (10.4%), and GM (7.1%).
Sprint To The Finish Line
T-Mobile and Sprint officially merged on Wednesday after a months-long regulatory process, creating a combined parent company simply called T-Mobile. The telecom giant also announced that its CEO change will take place effective immediately – one month earlier than previously planned – as John Legere will be replaced by former COO Mike Sievert.
More: In other regulatory news, the FTC is suing to unwind tobacco giant Altria’s $12.8 billion investment in Juul Labs, alleging the two companies worked together to eliminate competition.
The Executive Shuffle
WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey will be replaced by Hulu co-founder and former CEO Jason Kilar, parent company AT&T announced Wednesday. Kilar will assume the position effective May 1, where he will be reporting to Stankey in his new role as president and COO of AT&T.
Many people might wish to get involved in the scientific community’s efforts against COVID-19, but don’t know where to start. A new initiative from scientists at UC San Francisco allows anyone over 18 to become a participant in the fight against the virus.
The program, dubbed COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS) is based around a smartphone app that prompts users to provide data that researchers can then analyze to gain insight into the disease.
A recent spike in COVID-19 patients has threatened to overwhelm the American health care network, leaving medical workers forced to improvise creative solutions to increasing shortages of equipment.
One such ingenious solution has been adopted in hospitals from coast-to-coast – using two-way baby monitors to interact with isolated COVID-19 patients, thereby eliminating care workers’ exposure to the virus.
With schools across the state forced to close, first-graders in Greece, New York are being treated to a special version of homeschooling thanks to their teacher, Deborah Crowley.
Deborah has mailed letters to all 20 of her students, made surprise visits to them all across town, and regularly dropped learning materials off for one of her students who lacks internet access.
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💼 On The Job… for the next three months, LinkedIn will provide free job postings for global businesses on the front lines of the pandemic and take extra steps to promote their visibility to potential candidates.
🌊 Ocean Avenue… a scientific review recently published in Nature claims that Earth’s oceans can be fully restored by 2050 if quick and decisive action is taken to combat climate change.
👨💻 Hack Attack… cybersecurity firm FireEye reported that a notorious China-linked hacker group attempted to exploit vulnerabilities at more than 75 companies across the globe over a recent two-month period.
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