Oct 11, 2018

Michelle Obama launches initiative to support education for teen girls

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Michelle Obama announced that she will spearhead a new initiative to support adolescent girls' education around the world, per a CNN op-ed.

"Equally pernicious is something [girls are] taught from an early age — the belief that because they're girls, they're simply unworthy of an education. It's the same toxic mindset that keeps girls here in the United States from believing they can become computer scientists or CEOs."

What's happening: Obama's Global Girls Alliance will seek to empower and connect grassroots organizations that already exist and are working to eliminate hurdles to girls' education through scholarships and mentorship programs. Obama said the organization will work to identify programs that need support and has partnered with GoFundMe to create a social fundraising platform.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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