The Presidential Daily Brief

Important

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    Biden Boosted as Super Tuesday Kicks Off

    Former rivals Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar both backed ex-Vice President Joe Biden yesterday, bolstering the Democrat's chances in today's 14-state primary bonanza. But Sen. Bernie Sanders — who's expected to win California, the biggest prize of the day — remains a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has vowed to hang in “for the long haul” and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will learn if his big-time spending has paid off.

    Which state should you watch? Texas is the biggest truly competitive state, OZY reports, offering a whopping 228 convention delegates and a "pathway to the nomination."

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    Coronavirus Kills More Americans

    As China reported its lowest single-day number of new infections in more than a month, four more Americans in the Seattle area died, bringing the U.S. total to six. More than half of the 14 cases there are linked to one nursing home. Meanwhile, major clusters of infections outside China, such as South Korea and Iran, showed no signs of easing up. Over 90,000 cases are now spread across some 70 countries.

    What's the White House saying? Vice President Mike Pence played down the risk, though the administration has reportedly considered declaring an emergency to help finance states' efforts to fight local outbreaks.

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    Bibi's Future Hangs in the Balance

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party and its right-wing allies appeared poised for victory Tuesday as officials counted ballots from the country's third election in less than year. But so far, they seem short of the majority they'd need to rule on their own — meaning Bibi would need to rely on rivals to form a coalition. Lawmakers representing Israel's Arab minority, meanwhile, looked set for serious gains.

    What's next? Regardless of the outcome, Netanyahu will still go on trial this month for bribery and fraud, among other charges.

    Check out OZY's Special Briefing on Israel's real political influencers.

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    Are Global Markets Staging a Comeback?

    A rally a day keeps financial panic away. Stocks around the world continued ticking up Tuesday after a week of coronavirus-fueled concerns. While some Asian exchanges didn't quite sustain their earlier bounce-back, the Stoxx Europe 600 rose 2.4 percent today after the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 5.1 percent yesterday, closing almost 1,300 points up.

    How will global officials respond? The G-7 is expected to issue a statement about its collective response to coronavirus, but will likely stop short of calling for coordinated interest rate cuts or boosts in official spending.

  5. Also Important...

    The U.N.'s Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has accused Russia of committing war crimes in the war-torn country. For the fourth year in a row, Lego has topped a list of the world's most reputable companies, with Disney taking second place. And James Lipton, longtime host of Inside the Actor's Studio, has died at age 93.

    #OZYfact: Sitting at 6,500 feet, Estancia Uspallata is the highest winery in Argentina's Mendoza province. Read more on OZY.

    We heard you! Last week, we asked: Do you think America is prepared for a coronavirus outbreak? OZY reader Sam doesn't think so: "Many people do not understand they need to avoid the general public and/or distance themselves when sick. Maybe this virus can instill some common courtesy."

Intriguing

  1. US Cracks Down on Chinese Media

    Following up on its recent designation of five Chinese state media outlets with a U.S. presence as "foreign missions," the White House announced it's placing a personnel cap on those organizations. Starting next week, only 100 Chinese nationals — down from around 160 — will be allowed to work at the outlets at once. "Our goal is reciprocity," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. "We seek to establish a long-overdue level playing field."

    What's Beijing been doing? Last month, it chased out three Wall Street Journal reporters in what the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China said is a campaign against foreign journalists waged through visa restrictions.

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    Have an Old IPhone? Apple Could Owe You

    They got called out. The tech giant has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over its alleged throttling of older iPhones to compel customers to buy new batteries or devices. It'll reportedly pay $25 per plaintiff, totaling around $500 million. The deal still requires final approval, and Apple hasn't admitted any wrongdoing — though it admitted to slowing down phone performance after a software update in order to save battery life.

    Is this a success for consumers? Some lawyers think so, noting that it's difficult to win lawsuits when the products don't break altogether.

    Don't miss OZY's profile of the lawyer leading the legal charge against Apple.

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    Ancient Grains Will Save Us From Starvation

    Global agriculture concentrates on a few staple grain crops — wheat, rice, corn and soybeans — but that makes them more susceptible to pests, diseases and climate change. With the latter already impacting crop yields, researchers across several continents are looking for nutritious alternatives that can withstand droughts and warmer climates, OZY reports. Ancient protein-rich grains such as quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat might just be the answer.

    Why are they so healthy? Good sources of macro and micronutrients, they contain a high level of inflammation-reducing phytochemicals and might also help fight heart disease and diabetes.

  4. Chris Matthews Quits MSNBC On-Air

    "They were never okay." That's how the longtime Hardball host described the inappropriate comments he made toward women as he resigned from the political talk show last night at the beginning of a broadcast. The 74-year-old, who's hosted the program since 1997, said his exit's aimed at "improving the workplace" and paving the way for younger generations. Stunned colleague Steve Kornacki filled in for the rest of Monday's show.

    Is this a #MeToo matter? Matthews has also faced fire in recent days over questionable comments about Sen. Sanders, in addition to confusing two Black politicians.

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    NBA Fights Coronavirus With Fist-Bumps

    Good thing basketball's not a contact sport. As coronavirus continues its full-court press around the world, the league has reportedly urged its players in a memo to prioritize fist-bumps over high-fives when greeting fans. Also discouraged is borrowing pens to sign autographs, in addition to not signing potentially contaminated sports merch such as jerseys or balls.

    How else could basketball suffer? The league's particularly concerned about whether the outbreak could scuttle events like workouts and global scouting missions.

    Read OZY's story about the NBA podcast that gets you inside the friend zone.