Binyamin Netanyahu wins a plurality, but maybe not a majority

Israel

The Washington Post story is based on exit polling so some uncertainty remains as to the size of Binyamin Netanyahu’s plurality in the Knesset.[1] To be honest, I was expecting final results by now.

Steve Hendrix and Ruth Eglash, “Netanyahu scores comeback in Israeli election, still short of outright majority,” Washington Post, March 2, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-election-netanyahu-gantz/2020/03/02/24f1aeee-5993-11ea-8efd-0f904bdd8057_story.html


Coronavirus

The mortality rate with coronavirus had previously been reported as 2.3 percent.[2] It is now 3.4 percent.[3]

Richard Read, Soumya Karlamangla, and Colleen Shalby, “Coronavirus deaths in U.S. increase as officials send alarms about spread,” Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2020, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-03/six-dead-coronavirus-kirkland-seattle-california-cases


Michael Bloomberg

Sarah Jones has all the dirt on Michael Bloomberg, not just the dirt in the headline.[4] I guess it wasn’t quite what I was expecting from a highbrow publication, but on the other hand, maybe nobody quite hates New Yorkers like other New Yorkers. Which I’m thinking makes this a must-read for everybody else.

Sarah Jones, “Michael Bloomberg Repeatedly Blamed Homeowners for the Recession,” New York, March 2, 2020, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/bloomberg-absolved-banks-blamed-homeowners-for-recession.html


Bernie Sanders

Remember that self-fulfilling prophesy I mentioned in which Bernie Sanders can’t win because people don’t believe he can win?[5] Adam Gopnik gives it voice and offers some rich context to the controversy.[6] That doesn’t mean I agree with Gopnik. But his writing gives me something substantive to think about and frankly, something to wish—not that it’s possible—Sanders had a better answer for.

Adam Gopnik, “Learning to Love Bernie Sanders, or Trying To,” New Yorker, March 3, 2020, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/learning-to-love-bernie-sanders-or-trying-to


Super Tuesday

I’m intentionally holding off on today’s results which are just beginning to trickle in as this issue goes to publication. So far, it looks like Joe Biden is doing well. But I’ll look at this tomorrow.


  1. [1]Steve Hendrix and Ruth Eglash, “Netanyahu scores comeback in Israeli election, still short of outright majority,” Washington Post, March 2, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-election-netanyahu-gantz/2020/03/02/24f1aeee-5993-11ea-8efd-0f904bdd8057_story.html
  2. [2]Stephanie Soucheray, “Study of 72,000 COVID-19 patients finds 2.3% death rate,” University of Minnesota, February 24, 2020, http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/02/study-72000-covid-19-patients-finds-23-death-rate
  3. [3]Richard Read, Soumya Karlamangla, and Colleen Shalby, “Coronavirus deaths in U.S. increase as officials send alarms about spread,” Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2020, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-03/six-dead-coronavirus-kirkland-seattle-california-cases
  4. [4]Sarah Jones, “Michael Bloomberg Repeatedly Blamed Homeowners for the Recession,” New York, March 2, 2020, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/bloomberg-absolved-banks-blamed-homeowners-for-recession.html
  5. [5]David Benfell, “What catches my eye about the Nevada caucuses results,” Irregular Bullshit, February 23, 2020, https://disunitedstates.com/2020/02/23/what-catches-my-eye-about-the-nevada-caucuses-results/
  6. [6]Adam Gopnik, “Learning to Love Bernie Sanders, or Trying To,” New Yorker, March 3, 2020, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/learning-to-love-bernie-sanders-or-trying-to

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