Newly elected Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi is a hugely controversial figure, and how he will govern India — a country currently in an economic funk — remains unknown. Critics worry that the Hindu nationalist Modi may sow seeds of division, and stoke up religious conflict. Yet Modi largely ran his campaign on reviving the country's economy — and he does have a few big economic ideas up his sleeve.
As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi pioneered India's first incentives for large-scale solar power in 2009. And now his government plans to harness solar power to enable every home in India to run at least one light bulb by 2019. More than 400 million people in India still lack electricity. That's more than the entire population of the U.S. and Canada.
"We look upon solar as having the potential to completely transform the way we look at the energy space," Narendra Taneja, convener of the energy division of Modi's Bharitiya Janata Party, told Bloomberg.
He's probably right. Solar can be totally decentralized, meaning that unconnected homes can have access to power without India having to immediately roll out expensive centralized infrastructure like power lines, substations, and coal-fired power stations — previously a stumbling block to bringing electricity to the poorest in the third world.
Bernie Sanders distanced himself Sunday from "Berniebros," a wide-ranging term that some have used to describe sexist supporters of the Vermont senator.
"It's disgusting," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "We don't want that crap. Anybody who is supporting me and doing sexist things, we don't want them. I don't want them. That's not what this campaign is about."
At Saturday's Republican presidential debate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio attacked President Obama. A lot. To be exact, Rubio attacked Obama four times with some version of, "Let's dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing."
His performance was widely mocked.
True story: 8-year-old daughter walks through room as Rubio says,"Obama knows exactly what he's doing" and says, "Didn't he just say that?"
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) February 7, 2016
I hope someone out on the trail today asks Rubio whether he thinks President Obama knows exactly what he's doing.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 7, 2016
Pull his string and Rubiobot says "Barack Obama knows exactly what he's doing..."
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) February 7, 2016
But Sunday on ABC's This Week, Rubio stood by his talking point.
"It's what I believe and it's what I'm going to continue to say, because it happens to be one of the main reasons why I am running," he said.
In other words, Rubio knows exactly what he's doing. Julie Kliegman
Beyoncé released a new single and music video Saturday, marking her first major release since she surprise-dropped her self-titled album in 2013. "Formation," which heavily references Hurricane Katrina and the Black Lives Matter movement, centers on black pride.
I guess it's flattering that people fuck with the things you've created but also frustrating when they wanna use it like it's theirs.
— chris black (@TheBlack) February 6, 2016
Beyoncé's representative countered that the footage is properly licensed. Julie Kliegman
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate in Flint, Michigan, on March 6, the Democratic National Committee announced Sunday. The city is grappling with an ongoing water crisis that has endangered residents' health.
"This debate is an opportunity to elevate the very serious issues facing the residents of Flint, and it's also an opportunity to remind voters what Democratic leadership can do for the economy — so that everyone in America has a fair shot," DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.
Both candidates have drawn attention to Flint in recent months. Sanders has called on Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to resign. Clinton left the New Hampshire campaign trail Sunday to visit the city. Julie Kliegman
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a brief cameo on Saturday Night Live alongside host Larry David. The sketch featured the two men on a sinking ship, with David's character asserting that he should be saved due to his wealth. Sanders played Bernie Sanderswitzky, a nod to his Jewish upbringing, and labeled David's character as the 1 percent.
Watch the uncanny duo below. Julie Kliegman
Turkey is at capacity with accepting refugees, but will continue to do so as people flee Syria, the nation's deputy prime minister said Sunday, The Associated Press reports.
"In the end, these people have nowhere else to go," Numan Kurtulmuş said. "Either they will die beneath the bombings and Turkey will...watch the massacre like the rest of the world, or we will open our borders."
Turkey's border has been closed for three days as they provide aid to 35,000 Syrians on the other side. The nation has 3 million refugees, 2.5 million of whom fled Syria. The European Union has encouraged Turkey to host refugees, offering the nation 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in incentives to do so. Julie Kliegman