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⚡ Situational awareness: Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia, with a Milan outbreak and Venice carnival canceled ... South Korea delays its new school year one week ... Iran has had eight deaths, the most outside China.
Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.
Why it matters: This thing could be effectively over 10 nights from now, after Super Tuesday.
🚨 Breaking: House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on ABC's "This Week" that Sanders' democratic socialism could be an "extra burden" in down-ballot House races. (Details)
Two other takeaways from the Silver State:
2. A big factor in Sanders' blowout was strong caucus-goer support for his Medicare for All plan.
Before you conclude that we're seeing a groundswell for Medicare for All, check out this Kaiser Family Foundation polling, narrated by Axios managing editor David Nather:
That's going to matter a lot, given that health care was the most important issue for more than 4 of 10 caucus-goers — by far the biggest issue for these Democrats.
The U.S. could face shortages of about 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — if China's coronavirus outbreak worsens, Caitlin Owens reports.
Why it matters: China is a huge supplier of the ingredients used to make drugs sold in the U.S.
The FDA declined to comment on the list, but said in a statement that it's "keenly aware that the outbreak could impact the medical product supply chain," and has devoted additional resources toward identifying potential vulnerabilities to U.S. medical products stemming specifically from the outbreak.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray, Sara Fischer reports.
Like Trump, Bloomberg is taking advantage of the loose regulations and mass reach of internet platforms in order to rally supporters.
When it comes to memes, Sanders, also 78, is giving Bloomberg a run for his money.
The big picture: These campaign tactics reflect a trend that drew the memorable N.Y. Times headline, "Lots of Rich Men Tweet Like the President Now ... [O]lder rich men are going wild online.
Above: Caucus at Coronado High School in Henderson.
Below: Casino workers hold up presidential preference cards for Sen. Bernie Sanders during a presidential caucus at the Bellagio.
Above: A man cheers before Joe Biden speaks at his caucus-night party in Vegas.
Below: Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign office in Vegas.
And, to go ... Sen. Elizabeth Warren stops in a Vegas taco shop.
In Appalachia, children are being taught to administer Narcan, a nasal spray that (usually) first responders use to reverse an opioid overdose, the N.Y. Times' Dan Levin reports:
In Carter County [Tenn.], where 56,000 people live in a cluster of small cities and rural towns on the North Carolina border, nearly 60 people have died from opioid overdoses since 2014. ...
Desperate to save lives, county health officials have embraced a practical — if radical — strategy for stemming the tide of addiction: Teaching children as young as 6 how to reverse an overdose.
"It’s just like a little squirt gun," [drug prevention educator Jilian Reece told a] group of children, before passing around the small plastic device for them to hold and squeeze. At the end of the session, each child received a blue zippered bag containing two doses of Narcan to take home.
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The NHL's Carolina Hurricanes were forced to use an emergency goaltender against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night after both of their netminders left with injuries, AP reports.
Ayres wore Marlies gear and a Hurricanes jersey.
P.S. Alex Ovechkin becomes the eighth member of the NHL's 700-goal club, with "a combination of strength, style and speed all his own." (WashPost)
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