Apr 18, 2018

Bob Corker says he won't campaign against Democrat Phil Bredesen

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Retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday that he will not campaign against Phil Bredesen, the Democratic ex-governor who is running for his senate seat, calling Bredesen a good businessman and friend during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, per Roll Call.

Why it matters: Tennessee is one of the 3 most vulnerable Senate seats for Republicans, and though Corker said he would support whoever becomes the Republican Senate candidate — Republican Rep. Marsha is expected to secure the nomination — he said he doesn't plan to put any of the $6 million funds in his Senate campaign account toward the Tennessee race.

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Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

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President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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Q&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

What's new: This week, we answer five questions on smokers' vulnerability, food safety, visiting older parents, hair cut needs, and rural vs. urban impact.

The other coronavirus test we need

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Researchers are racing to develop tests that detect whether someone may have developed immunity to the coronavirus, which could help society return to normal faster.

Why it matters: These tests could help people know if they are able to go back to work, as well as aid researchers in tracking the scale and death rate of the disease — key data for current and future pandemic policies.

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