Dec 6, 2017

Bannon rallies for Moore, Jones responds

Steve Bannon was in Alabama Tuesday night, campaigning for U.S. senate candidate Roy Moore and railing against the Republican establishment, Democrats, and "the opposition party" — the media.

Bannon on Jones: "This election's going to boil down to something very simple: Do you support the program of Donald J. Trump that Judge Moore supports, or do the good folks in Alabama support the program of Hillary Clinton - already rejected on November 8, 2016 - that Doug Jones represents?"

Bannon also went after Mitt Romney for not serving in Vietnam: "You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies."

What's next: The event came one week before the Senate special election. The RNC and many senior officials temporarily abandoned Moore over allegations of child sexual abuse, but President Trump has voiced support for him and the RNC followed suit. Trump is holding an event in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump recorded a robocall for Moore, inviting supporters to the rally, according to CBS.

Go deeper: How the Republican party came back to Roy Moore.

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In photos: India welcomes president with massive "Namaste Trump" rally

First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Namaste Trump" rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told a massive crowd at a rally in Ahmedabad, northwest India, Monday he hopes to reach a trade deal with his ""true friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to the country "except he's a very tough negotiator."

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties, particularly in the military dimension, as India’s location, size and economic growth making it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers, per Axios' Dave Lawler and Zachary Basu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonstrated the importance of the visit with a "Namaste Trump Rally" at a packed 110,000-capacity Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad — the world's largest cricket venue.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries as cases in South Korea surge

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.

Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain each reported their first cases of the novel coronavirus, Al Jazeera first reported, as infections in South Korea, Italy and mainland China continued to increase on Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

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