Feb 25, 2019

Labour Party backs possibility of another Brexit referendum

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

The U.K.'s Labour Party will back the idea of another "public vote" on Brexit, should its own Brexit plan fail in Parliament this week as expected, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC's Nick Robinson.

Why it matters: The party's internal briefing said the stance is necessary "in order to prevent a damaging [Brexit plan put forth by Prime Minister Theresa May] or no deal," adding that the vote would "need to have" an option for the U.K. to remain in the EU. Labour, which is the largest opposition party in Parliament, has faced internal tumult after 8 of its members resigned this month to form The Independent Group, citing the party's inconsistent Brexit strategy and allegations of anti-Semitism under leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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