May 16, 2017

Dem Senator: Trump's military foreign policy "recipe for failure"

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The junior Senator from Connecticut on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Murphy, said Tuesday at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "fundamentally misunderstands the threats presented" to the U.S.:

I think Tillerson is in the State Department to undermine it. I know it because he is going through a reorganization with the end goal decided, with 2,300 job cuts.

For example, the Ukraine crisis: "You cannot confront that with military power" — it needs economic stabilization, energy security, and tools for becoming independent, Murphy said. "Yet this administration tends to see Ukraine as a military problem…and in the end that is a recipe for failure." The Ranking Member on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff, added "the enormous cut in the State Department budget" is "terribly wrong headed."

Schiff said "It's pretty clear he views foreign policy through a military lens," and that's not just based on the way he's budgeted and aimed to boost military spending and cut foreign aid, it's also about the "way he's filled his cabinet up with ex-military."

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DMV area issues coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 766,336 — Total deaths: 36,873 — Total recoveries: 160,001.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 153,246 — Total deaths: 2,828 — Total recoveries: 5,545.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Rep. Nydia Velázquez diagnosed with "presumed" coronavirus infection.
  4. State updates: Virginia and Maryland issued stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states — Florida megachurch pastor arrested for refusing to call off mass services.
  5. World updates: Italy reports 1,590 recoveries from the virus, its highest ever.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan
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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.