Dec 17, 2019

Congress reaches deal for $425M towards election security

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi together in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Congress has reached a deal allocating $425 million towards revamping election security just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

The big picture: The funding is part of a spending deal set to be passed this week and sent to President Trump's desk. Negotiators have been working out differences between proposals from the Democrat-led House and the GOP-led Senate.

  • The $425 million valuation is a compromise between the two parties, with Democrats originally favoring $600 million and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) previously saying he would support $250 million, NPR notes.
  • This is the second batch of funding to go towards election security since the 2016 election. Intelligence communities report that Russians infiltrated American election systems that year, penetrating government networks in two states.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,273,402 — Total deaths: 375,683 — Total recoveries — 2,697,873Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 1,811,277 — Total deaths: 105,147 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
  5. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.
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