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FEBRUARY 04, 2020



Skimm'd while catching up with the candidates


"My gosh, that's Hazel" – A woman who found her dog...after recognizing her on a beer can. Never furrget a face.


The Story

So...the 2020 primary process is off to a weird start.

Last night, voters in Iowa caucused – gathering and discussing who they think should be president. Out of this process, two frontrunners typically emerge – one for Democrats and one for Republicans. It all gets a bunch of media attention since for decades, Iowa's been the first state to say 'I choose you' to its favorite candidates. But this year, things didn't go as planned.

What do you mean?

Well, on the Republican side, there wasn't much of a surprise: President Trump beat out the other Republican candidates, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld and former congressman Joe Walsh, to win the most delegates. But we still don't know which candidate took the lead on the Dems' side. That's because there were apparently "inconsistencies" in the reporting of results, and the state's Democratic Party wanted to do "quality control" to make sure they get this right.

What does that mean?

It's not clear. But the party said there wasn't a hack or anything. That's after it controversially used an app that critics worried would lead to a security nightmare. Instead, voters in some places apparently didn't use the app since they had trouble logging in. But the Iowa Democratic Party still maintains that the app didn't "go down" – and that reporting results will "simply take time. "Yes, sh*t app-ens. But candidates are not happy about the delay. It's not the only thing that has people frustrated.

Go on...

Iowa's process – at least on the Dems' side – isn't a simple ballot vote. In at least one place, the caucus was decided by a coin toss, giving a win to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) over Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). This, on top of an already rough week for Iowa.

Remind me why everyone's laser-focused on Iowa right now?

Because it's kind of a big deal. Most Dem candidates who've won Iowa in recent decades have gone on to be the party's nominee. The state doesn't have a ton of delegates (more on that in our special 2020 Tuesdays section below). But winning Iowa tends to give candidates momentum – while losing could lead to fewer donations and less media attention.


Not everyone's been on board with Iowa going first, with some saying the early time slot gives power to a state that's significantly less diverse than the rest of the country. Now, a botched rollout has some shining a new spotlight on Iowa's process...while everyone still waits to hear who the Dem frontrunners are.


What's ready for the final countdown…

The impeachment trial. Yesterday, House impeachment managers and President Trump's legal team used their allotted two hours each to give their closing arguments. Reminder: The trial is set to end tomorrow with a historic vote on whether to convict the president and remove him from office. But with a Republican-majority Senate, senators are expected to acquit the president of the charges against him: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

  • Last call: The Dems made one final overview of their case against Trump, claiming that the president's crimes "against the American people" are still ongoing. Trump's legal team then took the floor, urging the Senate to reject the articles of impeachment and insisting that the president did nothing wrong.

  • This is my part, nobody else speak: Now that closing arguments are done, senators have 10 minutes each to share their thoughts. That continues today and tomorrow, before the big vote scheduled for 4pm ET.

What's got the world's attention...

The coronavirus. The virus has infected more than 20,000 people and killed more than 400 people in China alone. China's death toll now exceeds the number of people who died in the country from SARS, a respiratory virus that killed nearly 350 people in the country in the early 2000s – as well as hundreds more beyond. This time, officials in China have quickly built a makeshift 1,000-bed hospital in an attempt to contain the coronavirus and treat those infected.

  • And the financial impact of the crisis is: not good. China's stock market reopened for the first time since Lunar New Year last month...and had its worst opening in over a decade.

  • Ripple effect: China is the world's biggest importer of oil. And OPEC officials are worried the outbreak will cause China's demand for oil to fall, which would lead to a sharp decline in prices. The org and its allies are expected to meet today and tomorrow, and could cut production by up to 1 million barrels a day.

What's being pulled…

This HIV vaccine. Yesterday, researchers announced they've ended a clinical trial in South Africa of a new HIV vaccine since it didn't succeed in preventing the virus. Researchers aren't deterred – and said they'll continue the search for a safe and effective vaccine.

While "Hamilton" takes over the big screen...

Dunkaroos will be taking over your lunchbox.

2020 Tuesdays

We're officially on the Road to the Conventions, where the nominees for president will be announced this summer. But before that happens, candidates need to rack up...

Delegates: aka the people who rep their state at the conventions this summer. They cast the votes that decide a party's presidential nominee. When you vote in a primary or caucus, those results determine how many delegates each state awards to one nominee or another.

It's a lot to keep track of. That's why we explain delegates, conventions, and all the other election-related terms you need to know. And stay tuned: we'll be tracking which nominees have the most delegates – aka are most likely to be the nominee – at


Comedy, drama, and reality...oh my. There's a lot to watch. Which makes it hard to decide what to watch. Got you. We partnered with Hulu to bring you our recs over the next few weeks. First up....

The Masked Singer (FOX)

It's…a costume party in Hollywood, with karaoke. Sounds like a dream we once had. But really, it's a singing competition where celebrities compete in (you guessed it) masks. So you have to guess who they are.

Plus...the costumes are wild. And the judges are wilder.

Watch with...your parents. They'll love some of the throwback names. Hint: last season one contestant got a kiss from a rose.

Know that...the new season premiered on Feb 2. But you're not too late. You can still catch up. Because Hulu Has Reality TV. Like, a lot of reality TV. Start your free trial at


For when your W-2 arrives in the mail…

You know what time it is. That's right, it's tax time. H&R Block can help. You can use Tax Pro Go for online help from an expert, file online on your own (and get assistance if you need it), or head to your local H&R Block location to file IRL. Ready, set, get started.*

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