Mar 18, 2019

Beto O'Rourke clarifies "I'm just born to be in it" remark

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

On the campaign trail in Iowa, 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke sought to clarify his "I'm just born to be in it" comments on the cover of Vanity Fair, which have garnered criticism. He told reporters on Sunday that he's "certainly" not born to hold the presidency, but that he believes public service is his calling.

"When I saw the cover with that quote ... I was like, ‘Man, I hope I didn’t say that.' ... I think the context of that which makes sense and is the way that I feel, is that I’m born to serve, I’m born to try to help bring people together. ... So I don't know if anyone is born for an office or position, and I certainly am not. But I do think that I find my purpose and function in life in doing this kind of work. And I'm very grateful to be able to do that."

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The rematch of the century

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

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Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

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 — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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