Feb 7, 2017

Checking in on Trump's 100 day agenda

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More and more it's looking like the Trump administration might not be able to get everything done in its first 100 days.

  • Healthcare: GOP Hill sources told Axios that putting all the "replace" parts of health reform in place could take years. In his interview with Bill O'Reilly, which Fox News is spacing out over three nights, Trump hinted that a new healthcare law might not be rolled out within the year. As the NYTimes points out, the president's admission of replacing Obamacare is sure to be a serious disappointment to Trump's most fervent supporters.
  • Tax Reform: When asked whether Americans can expect tax cuts by the end of 2017, Trump told O'Reilly, "I think so, yes. And I think that before the end of the year I would like to say yes."
  • Infrastructure wish lists: In a process that began during the transition, governors from at least 44 states this week will send the administration a wish list of 300 infrastructure projects, ranging from dredging to light rail to safe water to Interstate widening. McClatchy has 20 examples.
  • Risks of Trump infrastructure bank: AP's Joan Lowy and David Lieb describe how economists and transportation experts are concerned that the government may end up rewarding investors in projects that would have been built without credits.

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In photos: India welcomes president with massive "Namaste Trump" rally

First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Namaste Trump" rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told a massive crowd at a rally in Ahmedabad, northwest India, Monday he hopes to reach a trade deal with his ""true friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to the country "except he's a very tough negotiator."

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties, particularly in the military dimension, as India’s location, size and economic growth making it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers, per Axios' Dave Lawler and Zachary Basu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonstrated the importance of the visit with a "Namaste Trump Rally" at a packed 110,000-capacity Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad — the world's largest cricket venue.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries as cases in South Korea surge

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.

Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain each reported their first cases of the novel coronavirus, Al Jazeera first reported, as infections in South Korea, Italy and mainland China continued to increase on Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

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