Mar 3, 2019

Sanders vows to defeat "most dangerous president" in history

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Bernie Sanders highlighted his working-class roots and pledged to lead a "political revolution," as he launched his 2020 presidential bid on Saturday in Brooklyn, where he grew up.

Between the lines: The independent Vermont senator vowed to overcome Democratic presidential rivals and go on to defeat “the most dangerous president in modern American history,” the Washington Post reports. "I did not have a father who gave me millions of dollars to build luxury skyscrapers, casinos and country clubs," Sanders said, alluding to President Trump's background. "My experience as a child, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values. I know where I came from, and that is something I will never forget."

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WHO health official leads criticism of Trump's coronavirus response

President Trump with members of the new coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, told MSNBC Wednesday he found "most" of what President Trump said at his briefing on the novel coronavirus "incoherent."

The big picture: The top health professional, who was a health policy adviser in the Obama administration, is among several leading figures — in particular, Democrats — to criticize the president for his response to the outbreak in recent days.

Coronavirus updates: U.S. probes possible community spread as more countries report cases

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 CDC said Wednesday U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor knowingly have contact with anyone infected, as six more countries reported their first cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. South Korea has the most cases outside China, with 1,595 infections confirmed by Wednesday night. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 453 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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