May 10, 2019

Scoop: Donald Trump Jr.'s endgame

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A single senator criticizing a fellow senator of the same party, especially a committee chair, is rare enough, but six Republican senators criticized the decision by Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. about the Russia investigation.

What's next: We're told Don Jr. won't show up. Options include daring the committee to hold him in contempt, taking the Fifth in writing, or (most likely) a compromise like answering written questions.

A Trump ally said: "We're drawing battle lines: If you touch Don, we'll come after you. ... And our base will come after you."

  • And Don Jr.'s camp knows the media will always cover a Republican civil war.

Go deeper: Donald Trump Jr.'s Senate Intel subpoena faces GOP backlash

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 5,205,900 — Total deaths: 337,572 — Total recoveries — 2,054,125Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 1,600,481 — Total deaths: 95,921 — Total recoveries: 350,135 — Total tested: 13,398,624Map.
  3. Federal government: HHS watchdog to audit $50 billion in health care bailout fundsTrump calls for churches to reopen "right now."
  4. States: Michigan governor extends stay-at-home order until June 12.
  5. World: Africa reaches a new milestone as cases exceed 100,000Secret clinics treat Chinese coronavirus patients in Philippines.
  6. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine usage linked to increased risk of death.
  7. Google Trends: How people are searching "coronavirus" versus "covid"
  8. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Trump's holiday weekend pressure campaign

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President Trump wants to throw open the houses of worship "right now," claiming they are essential services.

What he's saying: “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now. For this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors," he said during a press conference on Friday.

World coronavirus updates

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The coronavirus pandemic "reached a milestone in Africa" on Friday, as the virus has spread to every country on the continent, with over 100,000 confirmed cases, the World Health Organization reports.

By the numbers: COVID-19 has killed more than 335,000 people, per Johns Hopkins data. Over 5.1 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Thursday, and more than 1.9 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.5 million from 13 million tests).