Mar 7, 2019

2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang closes in on donor benchmark

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Andrew Yang, the self-described "entrepreneur who understands the economy," has wrangled more than 47,000 people to donate to his campaign as of Wednesday night, reports the Daily Beast.

Details: As of Dec. 31, 2018, his campaign committee had $38,730 in the bank, and he had spent $33,000 on Facebook ads. If Yang — whose platform largely concentrates on universal basic income — can get more 65,000 people to donate in the next 2 months, he will qualify to participate in the first presidential primary debate. Already, 44-year-old Yang has achieved a minimum of 200 donors per state in at least 20 states.

Why it matters: As the Daily Beast points out, Yang can thank the internet and its ability to give everyone a voice, for his accomplishments to date.

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Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's sexual abuse convictions

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has won his appeal and had his child sexual abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court.

Why it matters: The cardinal became last year the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to go to trial and be convicted for sex abuse. But the High Court's quashing of the verdict means he will immediately stop serving the six-year prison sentence imposed on him in March last year.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll tops 10,000

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,000 in the U.S. on Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday this week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 1,341,907 — Total deaths: 74,476 — Total recoveries: 275,851Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 364,723— Total deaths: 10,781 — Total recoveries: 19,346Map.
  3. 2020 update: Wisconsin governor orders in-person primary voting delayed until June.
  4. States latest: West Coast states send ventilators to New York and other states with more immediate need — Data suggest coronavirus curve may be flattening in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  5. World update: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
  6. Stocks latest: The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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