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  • Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll -

    Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters: Reuters/Ipsos pollU.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has widened his lead for the Democratic presidential nomination and overtaken Joe Biden in support among African Americans - a voting bloc that until now has largely favored the former vice president, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll released on Tuesday. The result could spell trouble for Biden, the one-time frontrunner who has lagged behind the field after the first few Democratic nominating contests. To remain a viable contender, Biden has been banking on a strong showing in Saturday's South Carolina primary, a state where black voters make up more than half of the Democratic electorate.


  • Iran is closing schools, scrambling for hospital places, and spraying disinfectant in the subway as coronavirus deaths and cases spike -

    Iran is closing schools, scrambling for hospital places, and spraying disinfectant in the subway as coronavirus deaths and cases spikeThe government said 12 people had died of the novel coronavirus as of Monday, though one official said the number is actually much higher.


  • Police search for 'doomsday cult' mother's missing children in Yellowstone, five months after they disappeared -

    Police search for 'doomsday cult' mother's missing children in Yellowstone, five months after they disappearedPolice are searching Yellowstone National Park in the hunt for "doomsday cult" mom's missing children, investigators revealed.The investigators are searching for missing Idaho teen Tylee Ryan, 17, and her younger brother, seven-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow. The children have not been seen since September.


  • Coronavirus: Donald Trump's Very Own Hurricane Katrina Moment? -

    Coronavirus: Donald Trump's Very Own Hurricane Katrina Moment??We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad,? an official with the Center for Disease Control said today. There are currently 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States.


  • As Fears of a Pandemic Mount, WHO Says World Is Not Ready -

    As Fears of a Pandemic Mount, WHO Says World Is Not ReadyBEIJING -- As new cases of the coronavirus spiked on two continents, the World Health Organization warned Monday that the world was not ready for a major outbreak, even as it praised China's aggressive efforts to wrest the epidemic under control.After two weeks on the ground in China, a team sent by the WHO concluded that the draconian measures China imposed a month ago may have saved hundreds of thousands of people from infection. Such measures -- sealing off cities, shutting down businesses and schools, ordering people to remain indoors -- have provoked anger in China and could be difficult to replicate in democratic countries with a greater emphasis on protecting civil liberties."There's no question that China's bold approach to the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of what was a rapidly escalating and continues to be a deadly epidemic," said Bruce Aylward, a Canadian doctor and epidemiologist who has overseen international campaigns to fight Ebola and polio and who led the WHO delegation.The epidemic has already killed more than 2,500 people in China, mostly in Hubei province, where the outbreak began in December, and infected more than 77,000 people. But the number of new infections in China has been steadily dropping, giving officials in the country confidence that the extraordinary measures have been effective in blunting the virus's spread.There are concerns, however, that as people begin returning to work in China, the virus could flare up again.At the same time, new cases are escalating outside China. In Italy, where there has been an eruption of more than 150 cases, authorities have locked down at least 10 towns, closed schools in major cities and canceled sporting events -- all moves that are echoes of China's tactics, if not quite as draconian.In Iran, the outbreak has killed at least 12 people as of Monday, the largest number of coronavirus-linked deaths outside China. South Korea on Monday reported 231 additional cases, bringing the nation's total to 833 cases and seven deaths. Aylward said responding swiftly and aggressively to contain outbreaks and treat those infected was paramount."We have all got to look at our systems because none of them work fast enough," Aylward said.The virus that has crippled China for more than a month now threatens to become a pandemic that could touch virtually every part of the globe. Stock markets in Asia, Europe and North America plunged Monday as investors worried that the economic disruption the outbreak has already caused in China is all but certain to have a wider effect.The S&P 500 dropped nearly 3% in early trading Monday, after European markets recorded their worst day since 2016, and major benchmarks in Asia closed sharply lower. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 900 points in the first hours of trading.China, which was the source of the outbreak, might also offer solutions, according to Chinese officials and the WHO's assessment, despite the confusion and obfuscation that slowed the government's initial efforts to respond to what was then a mysterious new illness appearing in hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter, in December.Since late January, the Chinese government has put at least 760 million people -- more than half of its population -- under residential lockdowns of varying strictness, from checkpoints at building entrances to hard limits on going outdoors, according to a New York Times analysis of government announcements in provinces and major cities.While China's reporting has been at times confused -- with changes to its method of counting causing huge swings in daily tolls -- the overall trend since the middle of this month has indicated a slowing in the rate of infections.On Sunday, 24 Chinese provinces reported no new cases. Six of them lowered their emergency response measures. In Hubei province there were 398 new cases, the second consecutive day in which the number of new cases declined."The decline we are seeing is real," Aylward said.Even so, the death toll continues to rise, with 150 deaths reported Sunday, the highest in nearly three weeks. In total, 2,592 people in China have been killed by the virus.Liang Wannian, a senior official with China's National Health Commission, said China was not ready to declare victory yet."The situation is still very grim," he said at a news conference. "We haven't stopped the epidemic in Wuhan yet."Many health experts agree it is premature to celebrate given the highly contagious nature of the virus and the potential for a new surge in cases when millions of people go back to work in China or when travel restrictions are lifted.But they generally agreed with the WHO's assessment on China's measures."The containment definitely worked in China," said Leo Poon, head of the public health laboratory sciences division at the University of Hong Kong. "The question now is whether similar policies can be applied in other countries."Clarence Tam, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, said it was difficult to interpret the case numbers from China, particularly from Hubei. That is because the total number of infections jumped when authorities expanded the methods used to diagnose them twice in two weeks."Trying to look at the case numbers is very difficult," Tam said. "We don't really know what is influencing those case numbers.''Adding to the confusion, Chinese media outlets reported Monday that Wuhan would begin easing a sweeping lockdown by allowing some people to leave. But just hours after news of the change emerged, authorities backtracked, saying the announcement had been made in error.What is unclear to many public health experts is whether a shortage of testing kits is causing a large number of cases to remain undetected. Hospitals in China remain overstretched, and many patients say they have been turned away. Health care workers are still coming down with the virus despite official pledges to protect them. Liang, the health official, said more than 3,000 health care workers have been infected.Another problem is that China does not disclose how many people are being tested. If the proportion of people being tested is really declining, it would suggest there is a downturn in the rate of transmission. "But we don't have that yet," Tam said."From my perspective, it's 'watch and wait and see,' " he said. "It looks positive, but it's difficult to interpret what those numbers mean at the moment."In a speech Sunday, China's leader, Xi Jinping, called the epidemic the country's most serious public health crisis and said it was "the most difficult to prevent and control" since the founding of the People's Republic.The epidemic has already severely disrupted life and commerce -- as well as the Communist Party's annual legislative conferences that had been scheduled to begin in Beijing in early March. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress announced Monday that it had postponed the conferences indefinitely.Xi said controlling the outbreak in Wuhan and Hubei as well as preventing the epidemic from spreading to Beijing, the capital, were the country's top two strategic goals. He pledged more pro-growth policies to help overcome the epidemic.David Heymann, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the case numbers from China suggest that there "may be a decrease in transmission."China was following its playbook from the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak of 2002-03, said Heymann, a former chief of communicable diseases at the WHO, when it was "able to stop outbreaks outside the epicenter in Guangdong province by meticulous outbreak containment and control."The real test could be yet to come. As China moves to restart its economy, the coronavirus could flare up again."There is an acute recognition here that just as we -- the Chinese -- forced the tail of this outbreak down, it could come back up again as people start to move again, the shops start to open, the restaurants open, the schools open," Aylward said. "It's a risk."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


  • Russia Unveils Laika, Its Next-Gen Nuclear Attack Submarine -

    Russia Unveils Laika, Its Next-Gen Nuclear Attack SubmarineIt looks like an exotic sea creature.


  • Trump Admin. Considers Booting Chinese Reporters in Response to ?Egregious? Expulsion of WSJ Journalists: Report -

    Trump Admin. Considers Booting Chinese Reporters in Response to ?Egregious? Expulsion of WSJ Journalists: ReportThe Trump administration is considering whether to expel Chinese journalists in response to China's own expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters, Bloomberg News reported on Monday.A meeting will be held at the White House on Monday to discuss the administration's options. The meeting will be led by deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, who himself was a Journal reporter based in Beijing.According to Bloomberg, administration officials are debating whether to expel up to hundreds of Chinese journalists in its response, or whether such a move would even be legal, seeming to contradict American values regarding freedom of the press."This expulsion is yet another attempt to control the press, and prevent the world?s readers as well as investors from reading important stories about China," said John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, in comments on the situation on Friday. Ullyot called China's expulsion of the Journal reporters an "egregious act."China expelled the three reporters after the Journal refused to apologize for a headline China deemed "racist." The headline, ?China is the Real Sick Man of Asia,? was chosen for a column by Bard College professor Walter Russell Mead on China's difficulty in coping with the Wuhan coronavirus and the shaky financial foundations of its economy.The phrase "sick man of Asia" was used in the late 1800's to describe a China that had lost a string of wars and feared conquering by the western colonial powers. Dozens of reporters from the paper's China bureau have called on the Journal's publisher to change the headline.


  • A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969 -

    A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969A rainbow snake, also known as an "eel moccasin," was spotted in Florida's Ocala National Forest for the first time in five decades.


  • New Virginia sentencing law ends high court's DC sniper case -

    New Virginia sentencing law ends high court's DC sniper caseLee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles. Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier in the day, people serving life terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18 can be considered for parole after serving at least 20 years. The two sides agreed that Malvo's life term would remain in effect, though he will have a chance at parole early in 2024.


  • Warren Buffett says 'I'm a Democrat,' and would have 'no trouble' voting for Bloomberg -

    Warren Buffett says 'I'm a Democrat,' and would have 'no trouble' voting for BloombergSpeaking on CNBC television, Buffett also said he agreed with some positions of Bernie Sanders, who is looking to cement his front-runner status in the U.S. Democratic presidential race. "I'm a Democrat, but I'm not a card-carrying Democrat," said Buffett, who said he has sometimes voted for Republicans, though he supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in her 2016 White House run.


  • Swarms of locusts have destroyed 170,000 acres of crops in East Africa ? and local farmers are nearly helpless to stop it -

    Swarms of locusts have destroyed 170,000 acres of crops in East Africa ? and local farmers are nearly helpless to stop itFarmers in Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries have resorted to setting fires and making noise in attempts to ward off locusts.


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  • Trump and his entourage fail to eat anything from special vegetarian menu prepared for them on India trip -

    Trump and his entourage fail to eat anything from special vegetarian menu prepared for them on India tripDonald Trump and his entourage reportedly failed to eat a single item of a special vegetarian feast prepared for him during his trip to India.The American president and his wife, Melania, were presented with the menu during their visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, one of the former homes of the Indian independence hero.


  • Fake News or Reality? Did F-35s from Israel Fly Over Iran? -

    Fake News or Reality? Did F-35s from Israel Fly Over Iran?Could that be true?


  • Iran health minister falls ill on camera -

    Iran health minister falls ill on cameraVideo shows Iran's deputy health minister suffering symptoms of the coronavirus at a press conference before being diagnosed.


  • Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughter -

    Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughterBillionaire Tom Steyer is facing some criticism over his spending in South Carolina, a state where his Democratic presidential campaign is making some legitimate headway.Some people have even accused him of trying to buy votes from the state's African-American voters, which Steyer and many others have adamantly denied, The New York Times reports. One thing that's been particularly scrutinized is the Steyer campaign's rental agreement with a company owned by Jennifer Clyburn Reed, the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American in Congress whose endorsement is considered key in South Carolina. Since October, the Steyer campaign has paid more than $40,000 to the company to rent one of its properties as its state headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. A California-based bank founded by Steyer, meanwhile, has loaned $1 million to a Columbia-based bank that has one of Clyburn's sons-in-laws on its board.The campaign has brushed off the accusations of trying to procure political favor from the Clyburn family, arguing Steyer is simply committed to hiring local organizers and investing in local businesses to get his grassroots operations running. "The question isn't why Tom is doing this," Steyer spokesman Benjamin Gerdes said in a statement. "The real question is why isn't every other candidate doing it?"The politically-active Reed called the accusations of vote-buying "disturbing" and seemed a bit annoyed that people think she merely serves as a surrogate for her father. "I'm an adult," she told the Times. "There is no connection. My father has his business and I have mine. We do not vote the same way."Besides, it's probably all a moot point ? both Reed and Clyburn seem likely to back former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Children seem remarkably resilient to coronavirus The Trump administration is reportedly fighting over coronavirus spending


  • Senate FISA Abuse Investigation to Focus on Mystery Source Who Contradicted Steele Dossier -

    Senate FISA Abuse Investigation to Focus on Mystery Source Who Contradicted Steele DossierSenator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Sunday told Fox News the Senate's investigation into FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will focus on interviews the agency conducted with a Russian source who contradicted much of the information in the Steele dossier."The first thing I want to do is call the people who heard from Russian sub-source that this dossier is a bunch of bar talk and hearsay," Graham said on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures. "I want to find out when did [former FBI director James] Comey and [former FBI deputy director Andrew] McCabe understand it was not reliable and start from there."The source, known in the Justice Department Inspector General's report as "Primary Sub-Source," was former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele's only direct contact in Russia for the allegations contained in the dossier. However, the IG report states that the primary sub-source told the FBI and Justice Department that Steele's allegations were false or misleading, including the assertion of Page's involvement in what the dossier terms a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the Trump campaign and Russian government."The Primary Sub-source made statements during his/her January 2017 FBI interview that were inconsistent with multiple sections of the Steele reports, including some that were relied upon in the FISA applications," the IG report states.Following the publication of the IG report, prominent Republicans called for an overhaul of the FISA system to prevent future abuses. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported the Trump administration is considering doing just that before FISA legislation is set to expire in March.


  • How South Korea?s Coronavirus Outbreak Got so Quickly out of Control -

    How South Korea?s Coronavirus Outbreak Got so Quickly out of ControlSouth Korea now has the highest number of coronavirus cases outside mainland China


  • U.S. Supreme Court turns away religious bias claim against Walgreens -

    U.S. Supreme Court turns away religious bias claim against WalgreensThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Walgreens, turning away an appeal by a fired former Florida employee of the pharmacy chain who asked not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons as a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The justices declined to review a lower court ruling in Darrell Patterson's religious discrimination lawsuit that concluded that his demand to never work on Saturday, observed as the Sabbath by Seventh-day Adventists, placed an undue hardship on Walgreens. Patterson, who had trained customer service representatives at a Walgreens call center in Orlando, was fired in 2011 after failing to show up for work on a Saturday for an urgent training session.


  • China said it would relax its lockdown of Wuhan's 11 million residents, only to immediately reintroduce it -

    China said it would relax its lockdown of Wuhan's 11 million residents, only to immediately reintroduce itWuhan announced that some people could leave the locked-down city, only to reverse the announcement hours later as the coronavirus spreads.


  • Bloomberg girlfriend Diana Taylor on concerns over NDAs: 'Get over it...it was a bro culture' -

    Bloomberg girlfriend Diana Taylor on concerns over NDAs: 'Get over it...it was a bro culture'The campaign later distanced itself from her comments after a "Women for Mike" rally in Texas.


  • Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show -

    Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents showA trove of documents released on Friday by the State Department to American Oversight make clear that Rudy Giuliani ? who was acting as Trump?s personal attorney ? pressed American diplomats to consider the information he?d unearthed in Kyiv about corruption. Though the documents released amount to fewer than a dozen pages of emails, they nevertheless show aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unambiguously receptive to Giuliani?s overtures.


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  • Rush Limbaugh is under fire for claiming the coronavirus is a 'common cold' being 'weaponized' to bring down Trump -

    Rush Limbaugh is under fire for claiming the coronavirus is a 'common cold' being 'weaponized' to bring down TrumpLimbaugh accused China of bioterrorism, claiming it was using the coronavirus to destroy the US economy.


  • CDC Issues Warnings on Virus; Markets Take Hit: Virus Update -

    CDC Issues Warnings on Virus; Markets Take Hit: Virus Update(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak at home that could lead to significant disruptions of daily life, though the warnings were downplayed by the White House. Congress was told that there?s shortage of masks needed for health workers if one occurs.New cases were reported in Europe, prompting worries of a widening outbreak there. Iran reported a total of 15 deaths, the most fatalities outside China, and a top health official tested positive. Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country was confident of limiting the impact, though new cases continue to be identified elsewhere in Asia.Stocks fell and bonds rose as worries mounted in the market over the virus. Airline stocks were hit particularly hard.Key DevelopmentsChina death toll 2,663, up 71; total mainland cases at 77,658Italy cases rise to 322; Austria reports two infectionsUnited Air abandons profit goal, Mastercard cuts forecastU.S. stocks head for a fourth straight decline; bond yields fallClick VRUS on the terminal for news and data on the coronavirus and here for maps and charts. For analysis of the impact from Bloomberg Economics, click here.Airline Stocks Fall Over Concerns on Travel Impact (4 p.m. NY)U.S. airlines posted the biggest two-day drop since 2016 on worsening fears that the spread of the coronavirus will further stymie travel.American Airlines Group Inc. led the decline, tumbling to the lowest since its 2013 merger with US Airways. President Donald Trump?s administration is considering whether to adopt more restrictions on air travel because of the outbreak, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday.Read the full story here.Kudlow Urges Calm After CDC Virus Warning (1:40 p.m. NY)White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow called for calm after U.S. health officials said that an outbreak inside the U.S. could cause significant disruptions to daily life if emergency plans were put into place.?I think people should be as calm as possible in assessing this,? Kudlow said at the White House. ?Emergency plans don?t necessarily mean they?ll have to be put into place.?There have been fewer than 20 coronavirus cases diagnosed in the U.S., though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it expects the pathogen to eventually spread locally.?We have contained this, I won?t say airtight, but pretty close to airtight,? Kudlow said. He called it a human tragedy because of the toll in China, but said it was not an economic one.Cases Grow in Italy and Across Europe (1:02 p.m. NY)Italy saw its 10th casualty from the coronavirus outbreak, with 322 confirmed cases nationwide, as the infection began to appear across Europe and threatened to further disrupt tourism and business. Health ministers in Germany, France, Italy and other neighboring countries vowed to keep Europe?s borders open and to improve information-sharing about travelers to and from areas with infections.Spain?s authorities held about 1,000 guests and workers at a seaside hotel on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, after an Italian tourist there initially tested positive for the virus. Croatia and Switzerland reported their first cases, and Austria confirmed two more. All the patients had links to Italy.CDC Warns Americans to Prepare for Outbreak (12:53 p.m. NY)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans should prepare for school closings, cancellations of sporting events, concerts and business meetings if the coronavirus spreads in the U.S.?We expect we will see community spread in this country,? Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC?s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a call with reporters Tuesday. ?It is not a matter of if, but a question of when, this will exactly happen.?The outbreak is ?rapidly evolving and expanding,? she said. ?Now is the time? for businesses, schools and hospitals to begin preparing. She said that Americans should prepare for the coronavirus epidemic on our shores and to assume it will be bad.U.S. Is Short on Masks in Case of American Outbreak (11:30 a.m. NY)The U.S. has far fewer protective masks than it would need in the case of a major outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress Tuesday.The U.S. has about 30 million stockpiled N95 masks that can help stop a person from inhaling infective particles, Azar said, but would need as much as 300 million for health workers in an outbreak. U.S. health officials have said they?re preparing for the coronavirus to eventually begin spreading locally.Gilead Drug Being Tested on Evacuees in Nebraska (11:20 a.m. NY)Gilead?s antiviral drug remdesivir will be tested on coronavirus patients at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which is housing people who were evacuated from a virus-infested cruise ship in Japan, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.Although remdesivir has been administered to some patients with the virus, ?we do not have solid data to indicate it can improve clinical outcomes,? said Anthony S. Fauci, director of the institute, said in a statement.The first trial participant is an American who was repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked in Japan. So far, 11 of the 13 patients who were repatriated from the ship to the Nebraska hospital have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.Remdesivir is also being tested in trials in China and Japan, said U.S. Heath and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at a Senate hearing Tuesday.Pompeo Criticizes China, Iran Reponse (10 a.m. NY)U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo criticized China and Iran?s response to the coronavirus, saying that suppression of information about the infection may have made the outbreak worse or put other countries on the back foot.?The United States is deeply concerned that the Iranian regime may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak in that country,? Pompeo said at a press conference in Washington. At least 15 people in Iran are dead, authorities there have said, though there are reports of higher numbers and hundreds of potential cases.Pompeo also criticized Chinese authorities, after the government said it would expel three Wall Street Journal reporters. In the province of Hubei, where the outbreak began, some early warnings of a new virus were initially suppressed.?Expelling our journalists exposes once again the government?s issue that led to SARS, and now the coronavirus -- namely censorship. It can have deadly consequences. Had China permitted its own and foreign journalists and medical personnel to speak and investigate freely, Chinese officials and other nations would have been far better prepared to address the challenge.?Senators Say Administration May Request More Virus Funds (9:45 a.m. NY)Several U.S. senators emerging from a classified briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday said they expected the Trump administration to ask for more money to combat a potential coronavirus outbreak, depending on how the situation plays out in the U.S.Senators were told, ?Let?s see how it evolves and then we can put more dollars in,? said Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana. The administration has requested $2.5 billion -- half new money, half repurposed from other efforts -- from Congress to deal with the virus.U.S. Will Test Experimental Gilead Drug in NIH Trial (8:44 a.m. NY)The U.S. government will oversee an international trial of Gilead Sciences Inc.?s experimental drug remdesivir, which is already being tested in China as a potential treatment for the coronavirus there.The trial is being run by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and seeks to sign up about 400 people in the U.S. and at foreign sites. It?s expected to be completed by April 1, according to information about the trial posted on the ClinicalTrials.gov registry.Drugmakers and governments are working on vaccines and therapies to use against the virus. On Tuesday, the U.S. drug developer Vir Biotechnology Inc. and Shanghai-based WuXi Biologics announced they would work together to find other potential new therapies.China Pledges Cheap Credit, Tax Cuts to Aid Small Firms (7:50 a.m. NY)The People?s Bank of China will offer $71.2 billion of relending and rediscounting funding to commercial lenders for loans to small companies and the agricultural sector, Central China Television reported.Catastrophe Bonds Signal Virus Nearing Pandemic Status (7:49 a.m. NY)The World Health Organization says the coronavirus isn?t yet a global pandemic. Bonds that insure against just such a catastrophe say that it probably is. The bonds, sold in 2017 by the World Bank to raise money for poor countries in a global pandemic, are quoted as much as 40% below their face value following coronavirus outbreaks in countries such as Iran and Italy, according to investors who own the securities.Moderna Rallies on Quick Vaccine Turnaround (7:33 a.m. NY)Moderna Inc., the biotechnology company developing an experimental coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the U.S. government, said it shipped a first batch of the inoculation to begin human testing. The stock jumped as much as 25%.The experimental vaccine was sent to the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is to be used in an early stage study to test its safety. It will likely take months of testing to determine whether or not the vaccine can successfully stop infections, and more time to roll it out if it does work.Top Iranian Health Official Tests Positive (7:32 a.m. NY)A top Iranian health official has been diagnosed with coronavirus in another sign the disease may be spiraling out of control in the country. Iraj Harirchi, a deputy health minister who has been the face of the government?s campaign against the virus, said he tested positive for it late Monday, the day he gave a press briefing on efforts to combat the outbreak.Separately, Tehran lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi tweeted that he had tested positive. Sadeghi is a prominent reformist who was barred from participating in the latest parliamentary elections.Earlier on Tuesday, Iran reported 34 new cases, with the death toll rising to 15. Bahrain reported nine new cases, while Kuwait has an additional three and Oman another two. So far, there are about 140 confirmed cases in the Middle East, all of them linked to Iran.The U.A.E. has banned travel to all cities in Iran and has already suspended all flights to and from China, except Beijing. Kuwait, which has already stopped flights to Iran, on Monday suspended travel to South Korea, Thailand, Italy and Iraq. Separately, a Turkish Airlines flight from Tehran bound for Istanbul made an unscheduled landing in Ankara, according to Turkey?s Haberturk television.Italy Infections Rise, Austria Reports Two Cases (7:00 a.m. NY)Italy reported 283 cases, up from 229. The death toll was unchanged at seven.Separately, Austria confirmed two cases, APA said. Croatia reported its first case earlier on Tuesday -- a man who recently returned from Milan in Italy has mild symptoms and was hospitalized in Zagreb.Tenerife Hotel in Lockdown (6:25 a.m. NY)An Italian staying on the Spanish island of Tenerife tested positive for the virus and a second test to confirm the case will be carried out in Madrid, the government said. The case would be Spain?s third and the first on the island. Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, attracted more than 5.7 million tourists last year.The tourist, a doctor, had come from Lombardy, a region of northern Italy that is a focus of an outbreak of the virus, Efe news service reported. Spain?s two previously confirmed patients no longer have the infection.About 1,000 guests and hotel workers won?t be able to leave pending definitive results of the test expected later on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation said.Luxury Sales Could Drop by $44 Billion (6:20 a.m. NY)A survey showed that industry executives expect a severe fallout from the coronavirus. The impact of the outbreak is likely to reduce industry sales by as much as 40 billion euros ($43.5 billion) in 2020, according to the survey of 28 top executives undertaken by Boston Consulting Group and Sanford C. Bernstein. China is a key market for most luxury firms, and signs that the virus has been spreading more widely are causing jitters to increase.Sino Biopharm Drug Included in China Guidelines to Treat Virus (6 a.m. NY)A drug developed by a subsidiary of Sino Biopharmaceutical was put in Chinese government guidelines as a supportive treatment for mild and common cases of coronavirus infection. The drug, Magnesium Isoglycyrrhizinate, has the brand name Tianqingganmei.Singapore to Ban Visitors from Daegu, Cheongdo (6:41 p.m. HK)Singapore will ban all short-term visitors with recent travel history to Cheongdo county and Daegu city, which are central to the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, effective Feb. 26.Earlier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea. The level 3 warning, the CDC?s highest, matches the caution it previously placed on China. The CDC previously issued lower-level alerts for Italy, Iran and Japan, telling travelers to take extra care and consider postponing non-essential travel.Beijing ?Getting it Under Control,? Trump Says (6:29 p.m. HK)President Donald Trump said U.S. markets ?took a hit yesterday? because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus, but said Beijing was ?getting it under control more and more.?Trump, said he believed things would ?work out fine? in the U.S. and that his administration was ?spending a tremendous amount of money? to prevent the spread of the disease and assist other countries. He noted the White House had requested $2.5 billion in supplemental funds to fight the virus.Chinese Cities Curb Travel From Other Countries (6:28 p.m. HK)Some Chinese cities have begun to restrict arrivals from overseas, as growing outbreaks elsewhere prompt the country to enact curbs similar to those facing its own travelers. The moves signal that the epidemic?s momentum has shifted outside of China.The coastal city of Weihai said all people arriving from Japan and South Korea would be required to undergo 14-day quarantines in designated hotels. The adjacent city of Yantai said those who?ve entered China for short-term business and tourism visits would be required to stay in selected hotels.China customs is closely monitoring the coronavirus epidemic in other countries.HK Leader?s Approval Rating Plunges (6:16 p.m. HK)Carrie Lam?s approval rating has sunk to a new low of just 9.1% as her government faces criticism over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The government has come under fire from some groups for not doing enough to ward off a public health crisis as the number of confirmed virus cases continues to climb. The virus first emerged in central China in December, piling pressure on Lam after months of often-violent demonstrations in Hong Kong.Singapore Eases Rules for Chinese Workers in More Sectors (6 p.m. HK)Singapore will loosen restrictions on Chinese work-permit holders in the country to help businesses in manufacturing and services industries that have been hit by labor disruptions during the coronavirus outbreak.For six months beginning March 2, the Ministry of Manpower will allow companies in those sectors to hire Chinese workers who are already in the country, with the agreement of their existing employers. Currently, businesses can only hire Chinese work-permit holders once they have left Singapore.Thailand?s Tourism Income Tumbled in January (5:55 p.m. HK)A slump in Thailand?s foreign tourism income underlines the damage being inflicted on its economy. Receipts tumbled 3.6% in January from a year earlier to $6 billion), dragged down by a 10% slide in outlays by Chinese visitors.HK Exports Slid Most in Decade in Jan. Ahead of Virus (5:26 p.m. HK)Hong Kong?s exports plummeted the most in more than a decade in January, as the government warned of further weakness in the coming months with the full force of disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak still ahead. Exports sank 22.7% in January from year-ago levels to HK$269.4 billion ($34.6 billion), the most since February 2009.European Corporate Bond Market in Deep Freeze (4:50 p.m. HK)Global borrowers shunned Europe?s corporate debt market for a second day as a cluster of new coronavirus cases in Italy sent yields sharply higher, bringing sales of new bonds to a near standstill.ING Groep?s downsized debt offering is the only deal priced so far this week, which had been expected to deliver more than 20 billion euros ($22 billion) of sales, according to a Bloomberg News survey. Non-financial borrowers are nowhere to be seen, with Spain the only sovereign issuer braving the market so far on Tuesday.Gilead?s Drug Leads Global Race for Treatment (3:40 p.m. H.K.)China will release results on April 27 of a clinical trial of Gilead Sciences?s remdesivir drug that the World Health Organization said may be the only effective treatment so far for the disease. The trials of the experimental medication involved 761 patients in Wuhan, the city where the virus originated.\--With assistance from Yasna Haghdoost, Daniel Flatley, Bill Faries, Nick Wadhams and Robert Langreth.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Adveith Nair in London at anair29@bloomberg.net;Drew Armstrong in New York at darmstrong17@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Stuart Wallace at swallace6@bloomberg.net, Adveith Nair, Mark SchoifetFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


  • McConnell warns Republicans speculation on Sanders as the nominee 'may be a bit foolish' -

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  • Carnival cancelled, Haiti capital on lockdown after police attack army HQ -

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  • Democrats are being swept up in idealism ? but are they ignoring political realism? -

    Democrats are being swept up in idealism ? but are they ignoring political realism?When enthusiasm blinds diehard supporters, that can lead to what historians refer to as ?children?s crusades?. Is that what Democrats face this November?The Democratic National Convention that will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this July is almost certain to make history. The party may choose the first openly gay presidential candidate ever, or the first Jewish candidate, or the first democratic socialist candidate from either of the two major parties. The convention could choose the oldest presidential nominee in US history, or the second youngest, or the richest. It may select the second woman ever to head the ballot.But the Milwaukee gathering may also turn into the first brokered convention since 1952 ? a dream come true for political junkies who would revel in the Game of Thrones level of intrigue it would entail, but a nightmare for party strategists. And the convention may be most remembered for choosing the candidate who ended up losing to Donald Trump ? an outcome that seems likelier after last week?s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.That event marked the disastrous debate premiere of the former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, whom the other candidates hammered like a piñata. But all of the candidates also attacked each other more vigorously than they had in any previous debate. In so doing, they laid bare the divisions within the Democratic party that are likely to lead to grief both at the convention and on election day.Many Democratic moderates, alarmed by Bernie Sanders? standing atop national polls, look to Bloomberg to thwart a socialist party takeover. In his ads, at any rate, Bloomberg comes across as a formidable candidate: a hugely successful entrepreneur, generous supporter of progressive causes, three-time electoral winner in a vast and diverse city and a manager of proven competence and toughness. Since Democratic voters say their top priority for a candidate is electability, it might appear logical to select a moderate nominee who?s an experienced national figure, who can torch Trump?s claims of business success, who can credibly promise an orderly and competent administration to replace Trump?s chaos and who can?t be intimidated or outspent.But the other candidates in Las Vegas highlighted Bloomberg?s egregious vulnerabilities. These include claims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at his company that led to an unknown number of women filing lawsuits resulting in settlements and non-disclosure agreements (or NDAs), as well as anger over the stop-and-frisk policies of New York?s police force during his mayoralty that targeted young black and Hispanic men. More generally, the other candidates charged that Bloomberg is an ?arrogant billionaire? (according to Elizabeth Warren) ?who thinks he can buy this election? (according to Pete Buttigieg).Bloomberg had no real reply to these charges. He is, in fact, one of those billionaires whom Sanders and other progressive Democrats have effectively demonized, and he?s pouring Babylonian sums into his candidacy. Arrogance may be the flaw that politicians ascribe to other politicians who are just as egocentric as they are, but the debate clearly showed that Bloomberg isn?t accustomed to being challenged and apparently can?t be bothered to take advice from his debate prep coaches.At age 78, Bloomberg is a product of the pre-MeToo era and hasn?t learned how tone-deaf it sounds when he says that he won?t release women from NDAs because the contracts were ?consensual?. And his signature achievement of reducing crime in New York City has become a liability because it was achieved in part through stop-and-frisk. Bloomberg might be tempted to point out (as he has in the past) that minorities, who are disproportionately victims of violent crime, were the greatest beneficiaries of his crime reduction efforts. But even conservatives who once advocated stop-and-frisk have conceded that crime rates have continued to fall in New York since the practice was discontinued, and further that since the vast majority of those who were stopped and searched were innocent of any crime, the practice unnecessarily and unjustly humiliated those who were subjected to it.Despite Bloomberg?s epic debate fail, he?s no likelier to drop out of the race than he is to run out of money. Already he has spent 10 times as much as his rivals in the 14 states that will hold primaries on Super Tuesday (3 March). He won?t win anything close to a majority of primary votes, but the power of advertising means that he?s likely to come away with something like 15%. This will make it all but impossible for other moderate candidates, like the fading Joe Biden and cash-strapped Amy Klobuchar and Buttigieg, to break out from the pack. And it?s difficult to picture any of the moderates uniting behind any one candidate, given the animosity they showed toward each other in Las Vegas. (Buttigieg spent much of the debate needling Klobuchar, while Klobuchar glared at Buttigieg as if he were an uppity intern who needed a stapler thrown in his direction.)Sanders is the only candidate who?s making that kind of breakout, and he?s the only candidate besides Bloomberg who?s sure to have enough funds to sustain his candidacy through the convention. But if Warren enjoys a resurgence as a result of her slashing debate performance, that will cut into Sanders? margins. And his far-left policies, while they energize his young base, are likely to repel larger numbers of voters in most states. A Gallup poll that came out this month found that 53% of all Americans would not vote for a socialist, while majorities of Democrats oppose Sanders? ?Medicare for All? plan when pollsters specify that it would mean the end of private health insurance.So it?s increasingly possible that Sanders could come to the Democratic convention with a plurality but not a majority of delegates. Sanders was the only candidate at the Las Vegas debate who insisted that ?a candidate with the most votes should become the nominee?, while all the others maintained the official rules requiring a nominee to win an outright majority should be upheld.What would happen in that situation? It doesn?t require a crystal ball to foresee that Sanders would cry that ?the will of the people? was being thwarted by malign party elites, just as many of his supporters cling to the false claim that Hillary Clinton and the superdelegates cheated Sanders out of the 2020 nomination. Sanders, who has spent virtually all of his political career as an independent aside from those periods when he has run for president, has no institutional loyalty to the Democratic party. And only a little more than half of his supporters say they will definitely support the eventual Democratic nominee if it isn?t Sanders.My guess is that under those circumstances, the party establishment would yield to a Sanders nomination rather than risk a mass defection of his supporters. But there would be hard feelings among the comparative moderates, particularly if ? as was the case in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary ? candidates other than Sanders and Warren received a majority of the primary votes.So the likelihood is that a badly divided Democratic party will emerge from its convention with Sanders as the nominee. And then, for reasons that I have previously described, a united Republican party will go into full gear to portray Sanders as a treasonous, anti-American communist. That propaganda campaign will be brutal and unfair ? and highly effective. Already Republican congressional candidates, particularly in the purple states and the suburban districts that swung Democratic in 2018, are salivating at the prospect of tying their opponents to Sanders? Soviet-style socialism.In vain will Sanders? youthful supporters protest that his ?democratic socialism? means something entirely different from plain old socialism, let alone communism. Presidential campaigns do not lend themselves to fine distinctions of that sort, and if Democrats are forced to spend all of their time on defense they will lose on an epic scale. I truly hope this isn?t the outcome. But I fear that 2020 will teach the Democrats a costly lesson about the dangers of getting swept up in ideological movements distinguished more by enthusiasm than political realism ? which histories sometimes refer to as ?children?s crusades?. * Geoffrey Kabaservice is the director of political studies at the Niskanen Center in Washington DC as well as the author of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party


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  • Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes -

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