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Trump's coronavirus testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table"

Trump's coronavirus testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table"

The Trump administration's coronavirus testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir said on ABC's "This Week" that "everything" — including the "stringent lockdowns" that many governors implemented in March and April — should be "on the table" in states where new infections are skyrocketing.Why it matters: President Trump that the U.S. "won't be closing down the country again" — a view shared by many Republicans who believe that the economic damage caused by stay-at-home orders was too great to justify a second round of lockdowns.The big picture: Seven times over the last two weeks, the U.S. has...

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The Economist predicts Biden could win a landslide in 2020

The Economist predicts Biden could win a landslide in 2020

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images"Biden finds himself in landslide territory. ... Trump’s flailing has made a Democratic Senate majority possible," The Economist "That opens up the chances of a highly productive presidency which once seemed inconceivable. Before COVID-19 and widespread social unrest, Mr Biden’s candidacy was about restoration — the idea that he could return America and the world to the prelapsarian days of 2016. It transpires that he could have the opportunity to do something big instead.""[T]o make lasting change through the federal government you need to win the Senate. And...

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Texas governor mandates face masks in public spaces

Texas governor mandates face masks in public spaces

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty ImagesTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Thursday requiring all Texans to wear a face covering in public in counties with 20 or more positive coronavirus cases.Why it matters: It's a dramatic reversal by the Republican governor that underscores the severity of the outbreak in Texas, which on Wednesday with more than 8,000 confirmed new cases. On June 3, Abbott banning local governments from imposing fines on people who don't wear masks in public.But, but, but... Exceptions for masks while in public include attending church, consuming food or drink...

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Global coronavirus cases top 10 million

Global coronavirus cases top 10 million

Doctors check on coronavirus patients in Barros Luco Hospital, Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty ImagesThe number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 10 million on Sunday morning as the death toll nears 500,000, shows.Driving the news: North America, Latin America and Europe each constitute about one-quarter of infections, , citing government reports. Asia has reported about 11% and the Middle East 11% and 9% of all cases.By the numbers: Per Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has reported the highest number of people to test positive for COVID-19 (over 2.5...

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Video retweeted by Trump shows supporter yelling "white power"

Video retweeted by Trump shows supporter yelling "white power"

President Trump , "Thank you to the great people of The Villages" on Sunday morning in response to a video of protesters verbally clashing with Trump supporters — including one man who yelled "white power" while passing in a golf cart.The latest: Trump appeared to have deleted the tweet around 11am ET Sunday, about three hours after posting it. White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement: “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”Why it matters: Trump has...

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AOC defeats primary challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

AOC defeats primary challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in the Bronx borough of New York City on Tuesday. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defeated Democratic challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a longtime CNBC journalist, to win the New York Democratic primary Tuesday night, .Our thought bubble, per Axios' Margaret Talev: Her win in New York's 14th congressional district is an important signal about the progressive freshman lawmaker's lasting power, her fundraising strength and potential to drive a larger movement.What she's saying: "When I won in 2018, many dismissed...

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John Bolton: Trump directly linked Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

John Bolton: Trump directly linked Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

Former national security adviser John Bolton defended in an interview with on Sunday his decision at President Trump's impeachment inquiry, claiming it wouldn't have changed the outcome.Why it matters: Bolton told ABC News that Trump "directly linked the provision of that [security] assistance with the investigation" into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine — the central allegation that in the House and later . No official that testified was a direct witness to Trump explicitly tying aid to the investigations.What he's saying: "I didn't think the Democrats...

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John Bolton says he didn't tell Telegraph he'll vote for Biden

John Bolton says he didn't tell Telegraph he'll vote for Biden

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty ImagesA spokesperson for John Bolton issued a statement Sunday night denying that the former national security adviser told in an interview that he plans to vote for Joe Biden over his former boss President Trump in November.Driving the news: The Telegraph Sunday afternoon that Bolton, whose about his time in the Trump White House will be published on Tuesday, told the paper that he would vote for Biden.The Telegraph wrote in a story touting its exclusive interview with Bolton:As a lifelong Republican who has held high office in the Reagan and both Bush...

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Peter Navarro says Trump's call for less coronavirus testing was "tongue in cheek"

Peter Navarro says Trump's call for less coronavirus testing was "tongue in cheek"

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Trump's that he asked officials to slow down coronavirus testing was "tongue in cheek," calling it a "light moment."Why it matters: Trump said that coronavirus testing is "overrated," arguing that it makes the U.S. "look bad" because it leads to a higher number of confirmed cases.The exchange:NAVARRO: "Come on now, Jake, you know it was tongue-in-cheek. That was tongue-in-cheek, please."JAKE TAPPER: "I don't know that it was tongue-in-cheek at all. He has said similar things for months."NAVARRO:...

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Judge denies Trump administration request to block Bolton book

Judge denies Trump administration request to block Bolton book

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesA federal judge on Saturday an emergency temporary restraining order to block the release of former national security advisor John Bolton’s book, "The Room Where It Happened."The big picture: Copies of the book already leaked to a number of media outlets and have been widely published, including Bolton's allegation that President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase agricultural purchases from the U.S. in order to improve his electoral prospects in farm states.The White House has claimed that the book contains classified information. The Justice...

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John Bolton gets his revenge six months after Democrats needed him for impeachment

John Bolton gets his revenge six months after Democrats needed him for impeachment

Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesEarly details are here from the John Bolton book that President Trump's legal threats of the bestseller lists.The big picture: Bolton claims Trump asked China to help him win in 2020. He also throws his former colleagues under the bus and taunts Democrats for committing “impeachment malpractice.” Highlights from a copy the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker:Bolton's own words, via an excerpt published in the :Between the lines: House intel chair Adam Schiff, who led the Democratic impeachment probe, on the book: "When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue...

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GOP leaders of the past decline to say whether they'll vote for Trump

GOP leaders of the past decline to say whether they'll vote for Trump

Trump with Paul Ryan in 2018. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesA number of prominent Republicans and military officials are wavering on whether to support the president's re-election in November, the .The big picture: Some legacy figures in the Republican Party are reportedly weighing how public to be about their opposition to Trump, especially in the wake of from former Defense Secretary James Mattis and about the president's handling of the George Floyd protests.What they're saying:A number of military leaders, including some who served in the Trump administration, have backed Mattis' blunt...

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Attorney General Barr says he's open to ban on police chokeholds

Attorney General Barr says he's open to ban on police chokeholds

Attorney General Bill Barr said in an interview on Fox News' "Special Report" Monday that he supports banning police chokeholds — one of the by Democrats in Congress — except when necessary to meet "lethal force."The big picture: Barr condemned the idea in the wake of George Floyd's killing of defunding police departments, calling it "dangerous" and stressing his belief that more crime will be committed if police are forced to pull back from communities.Driving the news: A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis...

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Mitt Romney joins Black Lives Matter march in D.C.

Mitt Romney joins Black Lives Matter march in D.C.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) joined a group of nearly 1,000 Christians marching toward the White House on Sunday.What they're saying: Asked why it was important for him to be out protesting, Romney told NBC News: “We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say that black lives matter."Demonstrations that began 12 days ago over George Floyd's death in police custody continued to be largely peaceful over Sunday night, as , and became the latest cities to lift curfews with immediate effect.The latest: they had a suspect in...

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Schumer: Senate Democrats will "fight like hell" to pass police reform bill

Schumer: Senate Democrats will "fight like hell" to pass police reform bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday that Senate Democrats are set to "fight like hell" in order to pass a sweeping new police reform bill, calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring it up by the end of the month.Why it matters: The bill represents the most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades, .What they're saying: "We're here today in search of that vision — liberty and justice for all," House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said at the press conference to introduce the bill.The other side: One aide in Senate Republican...

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Veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council vows to disband police department

Veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council vows to disband police department

Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council — a veto-proof majority on the panel of 13 — signed a pledge at a rally on Sunday to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department as it currently exists, first reported.Why it matters: The move to replace the police department with a community-based public safety model answers the calls of activists who have been pushing for a massive overhaul of law enforcement in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd.What they're saying: “We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because...

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Coronavirus dashboard: Catch up fast

Coronavirus dashboard: Catch up fast

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosGlobal: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: — Total deaths: — Total recoveries — — .U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: — Total deaths: — Total recoveries: — Total tested: — .2020: N.C. governor says ."Public health: threaten coronavirus response — won't be easy.Business: lost jobs between February and April.Tech: as pandemic propels videoconferencing.What should I do? Axios asked the experts:Other resources: Subscribe to to follow our coronavirus coverage each morning from your inbox.Treatment for diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular emergencies and...

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Trump national security adviser: "I don't think there's systemic racism" in law enforcement

Trump national security adviser: "I don't think there's systemic racism" in law enforcement

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he doesn't believe there is "systemic racism" among law enforcement in the U.S., arguing that there are "a few bad apples" that are giving police a bad name.Why it matters: The that have swept across the United States are not just a response to the death of George Floyd, but of the dozens of high-profile instances of unarmed black men dying at the hands of police officers over the years.What he's saying: "No, I don't think there's systemic racism. I think 99.9% of our law enforcement...

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Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced — Axios

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced — Axios

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Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

Italy’s aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori fly over Milan in Duomo Square on May 25. Photo: Francesco Prandoni/Getty ImagesThe Italian government 300 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest daily increase since Feb. 29.Why it matters: Italy, the first country in Europe to implement a after emerging as a hotspot in March, appears to have finally weathered its coronavirus outbreak. Italy has reported nearly 33,000 total deaths, the third-highest total behind the U.S. and U.K.By the numbers:The big picture: Like several other countries in Europe, Italy has begun to ease its coronavirus...

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Trump tweets baseless conspiracy theory accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder

Trump tweets baseless conspiracy theory accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder

Photos: Right: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Left: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AmericaresPresident Trump again baselessly accused MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murdering his intern in 2001 in a , calling on his followers to "keep digging" and to "use forensic geniuses" to find out more about a death that occurred at Scarborough’s Florida office when he was a member of Congress.Why it matters: Trump has had a lengthy feud with Scarborough and his wife Mika Brzezinski, who host "Morning Joe" and are often critical of the president and his administration. Brzezinski last week that...

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Pompeo's lavish government-funded dinners at State Department draw scrutiny

Pompeo's lavish government-funded dinners at State Department draw scrutiny

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSecretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan, have held about two dozen "Madison Dinners" in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms — on the government's dime — for CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors, .Why it matters: The events are yet another target for scrutiny from congressional Democrats after .The state of play: NBC obtained a master invitation list of nearly 500 invitees (not necessarily attendees). The response: State's Morgan Ortagus told NBC that the dinners are "a world-class opportunity to discuss the mission...

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Former top Clinton adviser says electoral map has realigned for the first time since 1992

Former top Clinton adviser says electoral map has realigned for the first time since 1992

Photo: JoeBiden.com via Getty ImagesDoug Sosnik, who was the White House political director during President Clinton's successful re-election race, that during President Trump’s first term, the country completed a political realignment that began in 1992.Why it matters: With this realignment, the electoral college map is changing for the first time since 1992. So Trump is running on different terrain than in 2016.The realignment:What to watchRust Belt's traditional battlegrounds:West and South emerge as new Democratic base:Biden’s most likely paths to 270 electoral college votes:Michigan,...

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Trump lashes out at Obama's criticisms of his presidency in new tweetstorm

Trump lashes out at Obama's criticisms of his presidency in new tweetstorm

Then-President elect Trump with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2016. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Trump followed up on Sunday evening his on the investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia with more tweets and retweets on the matter. And he lashed out at former President Obama in some posts — days after his predecessor criticized him.The big picture: Trump addressed Obama's comments that were leaked to calling his response to the novel coronavirus pandemic a "" and warning the "" over the Justice Department against former national security...

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Illinois governor says White House has "not delivered" on coronavirus promises

Illinois governor says White House has "not delivered" on coronavirus promises

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he is not relying on the Trump administration to help his state ramp up coronavirus testing, claiming that there have been "too many situations in which they've made promises not delivered."Why it matters: In lieu of a national testing strategy, the White House has to work with state governments and the private sector to expand testing, referring to the federal government only as a "supplier of last resort."The big picture: Pritzker, whose state has reported the fourth-most confirmed coronavirus cases in the...

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