May 17, 2018

Whistleblower says Bannon used Cambridge Analytica to suppress black voters

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump. Photo: Adrian Bretscher/Getty Images

The whistleblower behind the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data scandal told CNN Wednesday that Steve Bannon, President Trump's former top political adviser, directed the firm to carry out voter suppression tactics against black voters in 2016.

The backdrop: Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, said he didn't participate in the activity, but that Bannon wanted to "discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting." This revelation follows Wylie's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the firm had used methods to discourage voting among targeted populations. Bannon did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment. 

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Democrats lay out demands for coronavirus funding

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday outlining their demands for coronavirus funding, including a guarantee that the eventual vaccine is affordable.

The big picture: Pelosi criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "chaotic" and chiding President Trump for "name-calling" and "playing politics." She added at a press conference that bipartisan congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on emergency funding.

Coronavirus updates: Japan closes schools and Saudi Arabia bans holy site visits

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 novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Wall Street falls into correction territory as coronavirus rout intensifies

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The S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq all entered correction territory on Thursday, down 10% from their recent record highs amid a global market rout that began earlier this week following a spike in the coronavirus cases around the world.

The big picture: Stocks fell more than 3% for a time on Thursday morning, extending the market’s worst week since the financial crisis in 2008, according to CNBC.