May 1, 2019

Biden targets Trump at Iowa campaign rally

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Former Vice President Joe Biden took aim at President Trump during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Tuesday evening, saying: "Enough's enough, man," and accusing the president of "wag[ing] war on Twitter," reports CNN.

Why this matters: Biden used his platform in Iowa to position himself against Trump, rather than the other members of the crowded 2020 Democratic field. Earlier on Tuesday, newly released polls illustrated that Biden is the current frontrunner in the race.

What he said:

  • Biden began the rally by citing Trump's statements about a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Biden said everybody was waiting for Trump to condemn the actions of the white nationalists, but instead said there are "very fine people on both sides" of the protest.
  • The former VP took a swing at GOP tax cuts, citing a $1 trillion loophole for the wealthy and a boost to the national deficit.
  • Biden took aim at Trump's education policy saying: "We need to end the Trump-DeVos education agenda," and doubled down on his stance for free community college.
  • He also told reporters that he's not going to argue with the other 2020 candidates because they "agree on basically everything," per CNN.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll nears 11,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,900 in the U.S. early Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday this week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 p.m. ET: 1,347,803 — Total deaths: 74,807 — Total recoveries: 277,402Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 p.m. ET: 368,196 — Total deaths: 10,986 — Total recoveries: 19,828Map.
  3. Trump administration latest: President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned White House colleagues in late January the coronavirus could take over half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, memos obtained by Axios show.
  4. 2020 update: Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's attempt to delay in-person primary voting delayed until June.
  5. States latest: West Coast states send ventilators to New York and other states with more immediate need — Data suggest coronavirus curve may be flattening in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  6. World update: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
  7. Stocks latest: The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.
  8. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Docs: Navarro memos warning mass death circulated West Wing in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

  • By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

Driving the news: Navarro's grim estimates are set out in two memos — one dated Jan. 29 and addressed to the National Security Council, the other dated Feb. 23 and addressed to the president. The NSC circulated both memos around the White House and multiple agencies.