Dow Jones Dip Halts Trading; Big Tuesday : Politics Podcast As financial markets reckon with another acute shock, a question for the White House resurfaces: will it take measures to stabilize the U.S. economy? And Michigan, Missouri, and four other states head to the polls Tuesday, in what could be be a make-or-break day for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

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Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of "Big Tuesday" Primaries

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Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of "Big Tuesday" Primaries

Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of "Big Tuesday" Primaries

Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of "Big Tuesday" Primaries

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The New York Stock Exchange briefly halted trading this morning amid a sell-off triggered by concerns over Saudi Arabia's decision to boost oil production. The freeze — known as a "circuit breaker" — is triggered when there is a major decline in an effort to give investors an opportunity to process what is happening.

The continued volatility has renewed questions about how the Trump administration will work to stabilize the economy. Low oil prices could make it hard for American energy producers to compete, further complicating an economic picture already clouded by fears over the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, primary voting continues Tuesday in six states: Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota. In 2016, Bernie Sanders' upset over Hillary Clinton in Michigan helped to buoy his campaign. This time, Tuesday's primaries could make or break his chances at the nomination.

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