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THURSDAY - 03/19/20
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"We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end."
-Blaise Pascal

Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. Here's what's blinging today... 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Home repossessions suspended until further notice 

  • The US housing agency will suspend foreclosures and evictions from houses as a health-conscious decision for the next 60 days
  • The move is an attempt to prevent the foreclosure excess that occurred during the 2008 financial crisis 
  • The suspension of foreclosures applies to single-family mortgages backed by state-sponsored mortgage companies

WORLD 🌎

Côte d'Ivoire’s president unexpectedly drops from campaign

  • Alassane Ouattara, the president of Ivory Coast, unexpectedly announced that he would not be running for a third presidential term
  • In his announcement, which marks the end of his ten years in office, Ouattara cited the need for the younger generation to lead the country
  • This decision breaks the recurring theme of West African governments working to resist regime changes and hold extended stays in office 

BUSINESS 💰

Boeing-Embraer trade deal looks bumpy

  • Despite the downward economic trajectory for both Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer and the American Boeing company, Brazil is still set to sell Embraer to Boeing 
  • However, the already shaky economic standing that Embraer has puts Boeing at risk after the deal concludes. Further, coronavirus-caused crashing markets make the $4.2 billion deal look riskier as the crisis worsens

TECH 📱

Apple to release updated iPad and MacBook

  • Despite world events, Apple announced the release of a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air on Wednesday, stating that they will be available for delivery as soon as next week
  • The new iPad will have new device compatibility as well as LiDAR scanning, while the MacBook Air will be just $999 and have twice the maximum capacity of previous models

US 🦅

Trump’s COVID-19 relief legislation becomes law

  • On Wednesday, the awaited coronavirus relief package was signed into law, providing free testing and paid emergency leave for some Americans
  • The $1 trillion stimulus plan could be a reactionary measure against a looming recession, which Trump expects to boost the economy and stimulate the wellbeing of Americans

ENTERTAINMENT 🎞️ 

Tom Hanks offers much needed positivity

  • In light of his positive COVID-19 test, Tom Hanks made jokes on social media about the experience he and his wife have had while working to recover from the virus
  • Currently discharged from the hospital, Hanks will remain quarantined in Australia, where he was set to film an Elvis Presley biopic 

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Health 💉. Doctors revisit a possibly overlooked treatment for COVID-19
  • Science ⚗️. Black hole detection just got a little easier
  • Economy 📈. Helpful insight for the informed investor
  • Funny 😂. Florida man does it again
  • Wholesome 🤝. Even our pets know that something’s up


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