The much ballyhooed Storm Jonas has come and gone, leaving the Northeast Corridor in an epic snowdrift. While most of the region continues to dig out, the best clean-up is a viral video of a T Rex shoveling the sidewalk – as dinosaurs are known to do.
Snapshot for January 25, 2016
Cairo is quiet on the fifth anniversary of the uprising in Tahrir Square resulting in the unseating of Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects, will probably spread to all North and South American countries except Canada and Chile. Pregnant women have already been advised to avoid the Olympics in Brazil.
Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry just endorsed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
The Sundance Film Festival continues through January 31st but festival-goers can no longer take helicopter flights from one screening to another after local enforcement deemed the makeshift heliports unsafe resulting all flights being grounded.
Last week, scientific reports of a possible new planet in the solar system, this week, rapper B.o.B. is adamant that the Earth is flat. Currently in a Twitter war with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson so that’s gonna end well.
January 28th: Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa, sponsored by Fox News. Sidenote: Megyn Kelly returns as a moderator although Trump is hinting that he may skip the debate if she’s not fair.
February 1st: Iowa caucuses kick off. Why is this such a big deal, you ask? Since 1972, it’s been the first major electoral event of the nominating process for President of the United States. It’s also an early indicator as to who might win the nomination for the respective party’s national convention.
February 6th: Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire and hosted by ABC News/IJReview
February 7th: Super Bowl 50: Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – the first Super Bowl held in the SF Bay Area since 1985. Will be interesting to see who runs ads during the game.
February 9th: New Hampshire primary. Expect all remaining candidates, staffers, and news organizations to be wearing even more layers of clothing as they spend quality time in New England.
What’s the difference between a caucus and a primary, you ask?
According to Factcheck.Org, in presidential campaigns, a caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support and select delegates for nominating conventions. A primary is a statewide voting process in which voter cast secret ballots for their preferred candidates.