Dec 3, 2018

Majority of Iowa Democratic leaders want a young 2020 candidate

Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

43 out of 76 of Iowa's Democratic county party leaders who responded to a survey by the Wall Street Journal say they want a young candidate to be their nominee for president in 2020.

Why it matters: As the first state to caucus in presidential elections, Iowa serves as an early indicator of which candidates could succeed at the national level. One potential candidate tossed around in Iowa was 46-year-old Rep. Beto O'Rourke, whose name was "volunteered without prompting" as an ideal choice by more than a dozen Iowan officials to the Journal. Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, considered three of the Democratic frontrunners for 2020, will all be at least 70 years old when the race kicks off in earnest in 2019.

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JPMorgan Chase to pull support for some fossil fuels

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

JPMorgan Chase said Monday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal.

Why it matters: JPMorgan is the world’s largest funder of fossil-fuel companies, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The announcement follows similar moves by other big banks and investment firms, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock.

WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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