May 2, 2019

O'Rourke changes his tune on fossil fuel donations

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is pledging to reject donations from the fossil fuel sector and will be returning such funds he has already raised that were greater than $200, reports AP.

Why it matters: Wednesday evening's news comes just 2 days after O'Rourke unveiled a $5 trillion climate plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. He previously declined to sign a "no fossil fuel money" promise back in April, per Bloomberg. But the Texas-based 2020 candidate changed course on Wednesday with the support of environmental groups, per the AP.

The backdrop: The O'Rourke campaign announced that the Texas-based candidate raised $9.4 million in the first quarter, stating that 98% of the donations were for less than $200. The AP notes that according to the Center for Responsive Politics, O’Rourke accepted more than $540,000 in donations from the oil and gas industry during last year's midterms.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.