May 1, 2017

Budget deal defies Trump, includes $2B increase for medical research

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The budget agreement Congress reached tonight would give the National Institutes of Health a $2 billion increase for the second year in a row, a Senate GOP aide confirms. That means congressional negotiators basically told the Trump administration to take a hike. The administration wanted to slash the agency's funding by $1.2 billion in the bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the year.

Between the lines: This part of the agreement had been worked out weeks ago between the top appropriators, including Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Tom Cole. They had wanted to build on the earlier $2 billion increase NIH had received last year, the first substantial funding boost in 12 years. The only question was whether Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney would convince them to change their minds. He didn't.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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