Americans Were Already Primed To Distrust Elections. Then Came Iowa.

When the Iowa caucuses went to hell in a handbasket last week, they probably took some of Americans’ last morsels of trust in the political system down too. But when I asked political scientists and psychologists about the impact of the bungled caucuses on overall political cynicism, they, by and large, weren’t particularly concerned. The vast majority of voters probably won’t care all that much, they said; instead, these experts are more worried about the indirect effects. Long after the shoddy apps have been forgotten, mistrust and bitterness could still be trickling down from political elites to everyone else.

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Coronavirus quarantine on Diamond Princess cruise ship ‘chaotic,’ Japanese expert claims

“Inside Diamond Princess, I was so scared,” said Prof. Kentaro Iwata “I was so scared of getting COVID-19.”

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Why Is Warren Struggling?

In the wake of his fourth-place finish in Iowa and fifth-place finish in New Hampshire, the candidate struggling most notably is Joe Biden, who was considered the race’s clear front-runner less than two weeks ago.

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New British 20 pound banknote, featuring artist Turner, enters circulation

The 20 pound note is the third to be made of durable polymer material rather than paper, following the launch of new five pound and 10 pound notes in 2016 and 2017.

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EU leaders to clash over money as Brexit blows hole in budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will clash this week over the EU’s 2021-2027 budget as Britain’s exit leaves a 75 billion euro ($81 billion) hole in the bloc’s finances just as it faces costly challenges such as becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

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Chinese banks rush to issue ‘virus NCDs’ to fund anti-virus campaign

A total of 26 banks are issuing negotiable certificate of deposits (NCDs) on Thursday to raise roughly 17 billion yuan ($2.43 billion) in total that will to be lent to companies involved in epidemic prevention and control, according to the National Interbank Funding Center.

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Election Update: We Got A Flurry Of New National Polls. Sanders Led Them All.

According to the FiveThirtyEight primary forecast, the single most likely outcome of the Democratic presidential primary is that no one wins a majority of pledged delegates (there is a 2 in 5, or 41 percent, chance of this). However, it is almost equally likely that Sen. Bernie Sanders will bag a majority (a 2 in 5 chance, or 37 percent). And a recent avalanche of national polls has been particularly good for Sanders.1

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Twin Peaks For Gold And Palladium: Which Will Last Longer?

Gold and Palladium, the world’s two most valuable metals, are both charting peaks for 2020. In palladium’s case, it’s a resumption of the record highs seen a month back. Analysts are divided on what to make of the rallies and how much steam they’ll have.

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CDC Warns Travelers on Hong Kong; Two Die in Iran: Virus Update

Iran said that two elderly patients died, the first fatalities, and the U.S. issued a travel watch for Hong Kong after a second patient died there.

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