Jun 4, 2019

Democratic Whip Clyburn reverses: Trump impeachment not inevitable

Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C) told reporters Monday President Trump's impeachment is not inevitable, despite saying a day earlier such proceedings will happen "at some point."

What he's saying: "I’m probably farther away from impeachment than anybody in our caucus," the third-highest ranking House Democrat told reporters, according to Politico. "We will not get out in front of our committees. We’ll see what the committees come up with. I’ve said that forever."

The big picture: CNN's Jake Tapper said to the third-highest ranking House Democrat Sunday, "It sounds like you think that the president will be impeached or at least proceedings will begin in the House at some point, but just not right now." Clyburn replied, "That's exactly what I feel." But when Politico asked Clyburn if he thought impeachment proceedings were inevitable, he said, "No."

  • "I don’t know why y’all pick up one line," Clyburn said, according to Roll Call. "I also said we must not get out in front of our committees, all in the same sentence."

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America's rundown roads add to farmers' struggles

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

American farmers are struggling to safely use the roads that cut through their fields; decades of neglect and lack of funding have made the routes dangerous.

The big picture: President Trump has long promised to invest billions in rural infrastructure, and his latest proposal would allocate $1 trillion for such projects. Rural America, where many of Trump's supporters live, would see a large chunk of that money.

South Korea and Italy see spikes in coronavirus cases

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. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday, while Italy's case count rose from 3 to 62 as of Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 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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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."