Start Your Week Smart: Ukraine, North Korea, Covid-19, Warren Buffett, Baseball


By Alexandra Meeks, CNN

Social media companies have grappled with how to deal with misinformation about a pandemic, a strained US presidential election and an insurgency in recent years — often under criticism for doing too little or too much. Now the platforms are scrambling to address a growing list of challenges as Russia invades Ukraine. Here’s what else you need to know Start your week smart.

That was the weekend

• Street fighting broke out in central Kharkiv as Russian troops invaded Ukraine’s second city. Watch CNN’s full coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine here.

• North Korea earlier this morning launched a ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s chiefs of staff said.

• Studies provide further evidence that the coronavirus originated in animals and spread to humans at the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China in late 2019.

• Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reported fourth-quarter earnings of nearly $40 billion, up more than 10% from the same period in 2020. Full-year earnings more than doubled to nearly $90 billion.

• Major League Baseball has canceled more spring training games as owners and players try to negotiate a new employment contract.

Next week


The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case by Republican-led states and coal producers questioning the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and address the climate crisis.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also release a major report summarizing the current impacts of global warming, focusing on climate solutions and regional and local adaptation.


President Joe Biden will deliver the annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told House Democrats last week he hopes Biden’s speech will give him a boost in the polls, in part by demonstrating his leadership on national security and showing empathy for Americans affected by Covid-19 19 and inflation are frustrated sources. You can catch the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on CNN or stream it live here.

Happy Carnival! Also known as Fat Tuesday, parties and celebrations take place from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro and Venice before the start of Christian Lent on Ash Wednesday. Time to break out your pearls and enjoy some king cake! You will not regret it!

Tuesday is also the start of Women’s History Month. Curious to know why this month was chosen for the national celebrations? We have the answer for you!

the Wednesday

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! It’s the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s book author who has sold more than 650 million copies of his books. While many have hailed him for creating iconic characters, Seuss has also been criticized for publishing racist and anti-Semitic work dating back to the 1920s. Just last year, the company that preserves the author’s legacy announced that six books by Dr. Seuss will no longer be published because they “represent people in hurtful and false ways”.


A rogue launch vehicle could collide with the moon and leave a crater on the far side. The SpaceX rocket booster was used for a launch in 2015 and has been floating around the outer part of the Earth-Moon system ever since. An independent researcher who was the first to publicize the impending collision said he calculated it will hit the moon “within a minute” of 7:26 a.m. ET on March 4.

Want more 5 things?

Listen to the Sunday edition of the podcast 5 Things for the latest updates on the situation in Ukraine. Listen!

photos of the week

Check out more moving and shocking images from the week Russia began invading Ukraine, curated by CNN Photos.

What Happens in Conversation

Vikings: Valhalla is sailing on Netflix

Charting dramatic and epic battles, the new series “a new chapter set more than a century after the original while offering most of the same lustful appeal,” says CNN’s Brian Lowry. The show also features an expansive cast of characters and shifting alliances, with one of the most prominent being the Viking king Canute (played by Bradley Freegard), a shrewd strategist who sat on both the English and Danish thrones in the 11th century.

SAG Awards

The 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held later today in Santa Monica, California. The event, which saw actors pick their favorite TV and film performances of the year, returns after a delay due to Covid-19 and a reduced virtual show last year. Kate Winslet is set to present Helen Mirren with a lifetime achievement award, and chances are Hollywood will weigh in on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The SAG Awards will be televised live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET. TNT and TBS are owned by WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company.

What happens in sports

The sports world reacts to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Union of European Football Associations announced that this year’s Champions League final will no longer be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, following an extraordinary meeting of the governing body’s Executive Committee on Friday. The 2022 final was due to be played at the Krestovsky Stadium, which is sponsored by Russian state-owned Gazprom but is now being moved to the Stade de France in Paris to be played on the original date of May 28. Separately, Formula 1 announced that the Russian Grand Prix, originally planned for September 23-25 ​​in Sochi, could not take place “under the current circumstances”. Yesterday, in protest against the Russian invasion, the Polish and Swedish national teams announced that they will not play Russia in the crucial playoff games of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March.

quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the past week! So far this week, 67% of fellow quiz fans have scored 8 out of 10 or better. How good are you?

play me

An epic masterpiece

Enjoy this breathtaking performance of “O Fortuna” by the Johann Strauss Orchestra conducted by the legendary André Rieu. (click here to view)

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