Dec 2, 2017

Democrats tearing into GOP rush on tax plan

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., pauses while speaking on Capitol Hill. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Democratic senators are taking to Twitter with their outrage on how Republicans are moving ahead with a massive tax bill without sharing the final text so they can each read the bill. The main offenses, per the Democrats: scribbled changes and hundreds of pages they can't read through tonight.

Our thought bubble: Tweaks to legislative language during floor debate is nothing new, and Democrats are highlighting written edits to draft language. But though both parties have rushed legislation when they're in power, it's not normal for a bill of this magnitude to be voted on so soon after being released.

Bottom line: 51 Republican senators said they'd vote for the bill before they'd seen changes worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 30,000

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 and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 30,000 people around the world — with Italy reporting over 10,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. surpassed 2,000 on Saturday. The United States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus infections — more than 124,000 by late Saturday. The number of those recovered from the virus in the U.S. passed the 1,000-mark on Saturday evening.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 p.m. ET: 664,608 — Total deaths: 30,846 — Total recoveries: 140,156.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 124,377 — Total deaths: 2,190 — Total recoveries: 1,095.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per the CDC, residents of those states must now "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Trump rules out quarantine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut after pushback

President Trump on the White House grounds on Saturdya. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Saturday night that he's decided not to introduce quarantine enforcement measures fo New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut, but a "strong" travel advisory will be issued for those states. The CDC later announced domestic travel restrictions for the states.

Why it matters: Trump said hours earlier he was considering quarantine measures to combat the rise in novel coronavirus cases. But he received pushback, notably from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who told CNN such a measure would cause "chaos." "This would be a federal declaration of war on states," Cuomo added.

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