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Situational awareness: Sunday is 🌐 International Women's Day 👭 (March 8).
Women running for national and state office may be on track to break the record-setting runs and gains of 2018, as Republicans try to catch up with their Democratic counterparts, Axios' Margaret Talev and Naomi Shavin write.
The big picture: Congress notched its highest number of women after the 2018 midterms, and there's a push to go higher.
But it's not just Congress. There's also progress in the state legislatures:
Reality check: The door's been flung open for women seeking the presidency, yet with Elizabeth Warren's withdrawal from the race, we're on course for a general election that pits a white man in his 70s against a white man in his 70s.
Many of the coronavirus stories getting shared the most on social media are packaged to drive fear rather than build understanding about the illness, Axios' Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer write from NewsWhip data.
One of the biggest dangers during this outbreak is the misinformation that has been spreading about the virus.
Other top pieces used selective information and quotes, like exaggerated death toll predictions and descriptions of Wuhan, China, as a "zombieland."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Not since the aftermath of 9/11 has there been such a fear of flying, writes Joann Muller, who covers the future of transportation for Axios.
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said yesterday the sudden drop in domestic air travel "has a 9/11-like feel."
What's happening: Travel agents are being inundated with calls and emails from panicked clients canceling trips and seeking refunds.
United Airlines cut international flights by 20% and domestic flights by 10%.
Reality check: The public's fear of flying may be overblown, fanned by a wave of cancellations of big trade shows, conferences and events.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren was joined by her husband, Bruce Mann, as she announced her withdrawal outside her home in Cambridge, Mass. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Elizabeth Warren, her voice shaking as she announced the end of her presidential campaign:
Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Obama and a friend of Warren's, to the WashPost:
The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record low of 3.29% this week — the lowest since mortgage buyer Freddie Mac started tracking the rate in 1971.
Governments can slow the ferocious coronavirus pace (left to itself, can double every five to six days), "but bureaucratic time is not the same as virus time," The Economist writes in its lead editorial.
Sonya Mays, who runs a nonprofit housing development company in Detroit, appeared with Jamie Dimon on "60 Minutes" in November. Photo: CBS News
JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, 63, underwent emergency heart surgery yesterday, the bank announced:
The Wall Street Journal: "When asked about his plans earlier this year, he said he expected to retire in five years. It is the same answer he has given for at least six years."
Trump rally in Manchester, N.H., last month. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images
President Trump's campaign has weaponized his constant rallies to hoover up data and cash in on a base-first strategy, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes:
For an eye-opening peek at the Trump cultural phenomenon, watch this 49-second clip from "Axios on HBO."
Marie Yovanovitch testifies on Nov. 15. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The Hamilton Lugar School at Indiana University today will salute the public servants of the foreign service when it presents its first Richard Lugar Award to Marie Yovanovitch, career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
The tribute video includes a clip of Fox News' Chris Wallace during impeachment coverage: "If you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don't have a pulse."
Adilisha Patrom. Photo: Nathan Ellgren/AP
As D.C. stores sell out of masks and hand sanitizer, Adilisha Patrom, owner of a co-working and event space next to Gallaudet University, saw an opportunity and jumped on it, AP's Ashraf Khalil writes.
☕ P.S. Starbucks announced: "We are pausing the use of personal cups."
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