Feb 23, 2018

Bernie Sanders' son considers run for Congress

Levi Sanders (center) at rally for his father. Photo: Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic

Levi Sanders, the 48-year-old son of Sen. Bernie Sanders, is considering a run for Congress in New Hampshire, he told Vice News.

“Oh absolutely, I’m definitely considering it. I’m excited, motivated, and interested in the race. I’m just dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s.”

Why it matters: The elder Sanders is very popular in New Hampshire, where he swept to victory in the 2016 Democratic primary, and Levi told Vice he'd run on a similar platform. But Levi is not nearly as well-established with New Hampshire Democrats as other candidates already in the race to replace Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is retiring. It's also a swing district that could be up for grabs in the general election.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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