No Brexit deal after surprise Brussels talks

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, tweeted Sunday that there was not a potential deal on the table for Brexit after a day of frenzied speculation and "intense efforts."

The details: Barnier said, "Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open, including the backstop for IE/NI to avoid a hard border." Britain's Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab had ignited speculation about a potential breakthrough when he took a surprise trip to Brussels Sunday ahead of a critical summit next week, per AP. An EU diplomat told Politico earlier today that the speculated deal was "at negotiator level [only]," implying there were plenty of potential roadblocks.

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A health worker checks the temperatures of Chinese travelers arriving in Beijing from Wuhan. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

56 people have died from an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.

The latest: The U.S. Embassy in Beijing announced plans to evacuate its Wuhan consulate personnel and some private citizens on a limited-capacity charter flight from the city to San Francisco on Tuesday, per AP, which reports that those "at greater risk from coronavirus" would be prioritized over others.

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Biden maintains nationwide polling lead as Warren support falls

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Why it matters: Nine days before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren’s support among polled Democrats has declined from 21% to 11% since an ABC News/WashPost poll in October.

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Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The next Democratic debate scheduled for Feb. 7 will fall after the Iowa caucuses, four days before the New Hampshire primary, ABC News reports.

The latest: Andrew Yang on Jan. 26 became the seventh Democrat to qualify for the February debate after polling above 5% in UNH/CNN's New Hampshire survey, his fourth qualifying poll.

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