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85: Left-winger Fernando Haddad won 29 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election last weekend. To win the runoff against far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who got 46 percent, analysts say Haddad needs to woo some 85 percent of the voters who voted for neither of the first-round winners. That's not going to be easy.

72: Much of the recent US-China trade tensions focus on the technology and manufacturing industries, but a surprising target of recent US tariffs is Chinese garlic exporters, who account for some 72 percent of American garlic imports. Imports from China have crushed the American garlic industry in recent years, despite a 377 percent duty that’s been in place – but easily circumvented – since 1994. Vampires have yet to weigh in, but American garlic farmers are all for the White House’s tough line with China.

9: More than 9 out of ten teenagers in Kenya, Mexico, China, Nigeria, and India are positive about their futures, according to a new IPSOS poll. Their optimism contrasts with bleaker outlooks in Europe, where just 65 percent of teens in Sweden, 70 percent in France, and fewer than 80 percent in Germany and the UK see brighter days ahead.

7: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan will formally ask the IMF for loans of up to $7 billion to stabilize his cash-strapped government. Earlier he’d pledged to cut Pakistan’s financial dependency on the West by seeking help from countries like China and Saudi Arabia. But getting IMF money may mean two tough conditions: first, disclosing info about billions in loans from China, and second, cutting spending for a population that voted him into office on promises to build an “Islamic welfare state.”

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On Wednesday, Joe Biden will become president because eighty-one million Americans, the highest tally in US history, voted to change course after four years of Donald Trump's leadership. Like all presidents, Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, take office with grand ambitions and high expectations, but rarely has a new administration taken power amid so much domestic upheaval and global uncertainty. And while Biden has pledged repeatedly to restore American "unity" across party lines — at a time of immense suffering, real achievements will matter a lot more than winged words.

Biden has a lot on his agenda, but within his first 100 days as president there are three key issues that we'll be watching closely for clues to how effectively he's able to advance their plans.

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We're only a few weeks into 2021 and that 'fresh new start' that so many had been hoping for at the end of 2020 has not exactly materialized. But what gives World Bank President David Malpass hope for the coming year? "The promise of humanity and of technology, people working together with communication, where they can share ideas. It allows an incredible advance for living standards." His wide-ranging conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

It wasn't pretty, but we made it to Inauguration Day. These last four years have taught the US a lot about itself — so what have we learned?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and it is the last full day of the Trump administration. Extraordinary four years, unprecedented in so many ways. I guess the most important feature for me is how much more divided the United States is, the world is, as coming out of the Trump administration than it was coming in. Not new. We were in a GZERO world, as I called it well before Trump was elected president. The social contract was seen as fundamentally problematic. Many Americans believed their system was rigged, didn't want to play the kind of international leadership role that the United States had heretofore, but all of those things accelerated under Trump.

So perhaps the most important question to be answered is, once Trump is gone, how much of that persists? It is certainly true that a President Biden is much more oriented towards trying to bring the United States back into existing multilateral architecture, whether that be the Paris Climate Accord, or more normalized immigration discussions with the Mexicans, the World Health Organization, the Iranian Nuclear Deal, some of which will be easy to do, like Paris, some of which will be very challenging, like Iran. But nonetheless, all sounds like business as usual.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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