Dec 5, 2017

Conyers will not seek re-election

Rep. John Conyers. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) will announce Tuesday he will not seek re-election, according to his brother's grandson, Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator, per the NYT. The younger Conyers plans to run for the open seat.

Why it matters: Ian Conyers' explanation for the retirement doesn't mention the sexual harassment allegations about the representative: "His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health." Conyers was publicly accused of sexual harassment by another former staffer late yesterday, per the Detroit Free Press. The affidavit from Elisa Grubbs, who says she worked for Conyers for about 12 years, brings the number of Conyer accusers to at least seven.

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The rematch of the century

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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