Former Vice President Joe Biden increased his lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination yesterday, winning primary contests in four of six states. Biden turned in a decisive 16-point victory in Michigan, the night's biggest prize and a state his opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), carried in the 2016 primaries over Hillary Clinton. Biden also won in Idaho, Missouri, and Mississippi, while Sanders won North Dakota; the race in Washington was too close to call as of this morning. The races aren't winner-take-all contests as Sanders captured at least 111 delegates on the day. Biden now leads Sanders in delegate count 836 to 686 (see state-by-state totals). Analysts say the window for Sanders is closing quickly; he needs to win 55% of the remaining delegates, with a number of upcoming races in states that currently favor Biden. The pair will debate one-on-one Sunday night.
A testy exchange between Biden and an autoworker over gun rights went viral as the day began.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the National Guard to establish a one-mile containment zone around the town of New Rochelle yesterday in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus across the state. The town, and one synagogue in particular, is at the center of New York's outbreak, with the surrounding area responsible for at least 108 of 173 confirmed cases across the state. Large gatherings like school and religious services will be canceled and infected patients quarantined; travel restrictions were not imposed, though the decision marks the first mass containment action in the US. Meanwhile, President Trump courted Senate Republicans over a potential economic stimulus package, while Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) both canceled campaign events. Universities across the country are transitioning to online-only classes while the Ivy League canceled its conference basketball tournament; the NCAA is expected to decide soon on whether to play its postseason without spectators. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in the US, with 28 deaths.
Russian President Vladimir Putin backed a proposal extending presidential term limits in the country yesterday, a move potentially extending his control over the country until 2036. Russia's constitution requires Putin, who has held power either as president or prime minister for 20 years, to step down in 2024 when his second sequential presidential term ends. The orchestrated proposal - from introduction to approval, the process reportedly took just three hours - would limit presidents to two terms, but creates a special loophole for Putin, effectively resetting his term clock to zero should he run in 2024. Putin has been plotting to stay in power in recent months, planning the resignation of former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his entire cabinet in January and introducing a raft of constitutional changes in February.
The amendment faces a nationwide vote April 22, though it has also been bundled with a number of social welfare programs, all of which must be voted on as a package.
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What is blue light?
Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be harsh on our eyes due its short, high-energy wavelengths. It comes from the sun and man-made sources, including our digital screens. Ever find yourself after a long day in front of the computer feeling headaches, dry eyes, neck pain, blurry vision, or fatigue? It's likely to be thanks to blue light.
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