Grind for March 9th
“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
5 Things to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
Six states will hold their Democratic presidential nominating contests on Tuesday, marking the first round of voting since the primary field has narrowed to two major candidates.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is hoping to extend his recent winning streak on Super Tuesday and cement his front-runner status in the race. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is looking to bounce back after a disappointing showing last week.
The states to hold Democratic nominating contests on Tuesday will be Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington state.
Here are five things to watch for in the Tuesday contests:
Biden looks to take command-
Biden is riding high after scoring a series of primary wins and endorsements from his former rivals. Now he’s looking to run up the score against Sanders in a handful of states that the Vermont senator carried in 2016.
Recent polls in Michigan show Biden leading his progressive opponent by double digits. One survey released on Monday by the Detroit Free Press put him ahead by a 24-point margin. And another poll released over the weekend by progressive think tank Data for Progress gave Biden a narrow 3-point advantage in Washington, another state that Sanders won in 2016.
Biden is also the favorite to win in Mississippi. He’s racked up a slew of victories across the South, powered largely by moderates and black voters, and the Magnolia State appears poised to hand him another win. Read more…
Italy Locks Down Entire Country Over Coronavirus Outbreak
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday that the government has locked down the entire country in an attempt to deal with the outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in China.
Conte said that everyone should stay “at home” and that the country decided that the expanded measures needed to be done “immediately.”
The Wall Street Journal highlighted some of the economic impacts of the expanded quarantine:
The airline Alitalia canceled all service into and out of Malpensa, one of Italy’s busiest airports, which serves Milan and the country’s northwest. Italy’s national carrier is only offering a limited number of domestic flights from Linate, Milan’s smaller airport. On Monday morning, more than two-thirds of flights from Linate had been canceled, although easyJet flights to London and Paris departed.
Sports-car maker Ferrari, which has its headquarters and only factory in the quarantined province of Modena, said it is operating normally. Read more…
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