Feb 14, 2017

Flynn sets a record for shortest tenure

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Mike Flynn holds the record for the shortest term as head of the National Security Council, according to the Washington Post, as well as the fastest resignation for an appointed administration official of at least the past five administrations:

  • Obama: 8 months after the inauguration, his "green jobs czar," Van Jones, resigned because of past affiliations with 9/11 conspiracies and calling Republicans "a**holes" in a video before he was appointed, according to Politico.
  • Bush: 15 months into the administration, an influential advisor, Karen Hughes, resigned to move back to Texas with her family, according to NYT.
  • Clinton: 10 months after he took office, Deputy Secretary of State Clifton R. Wharton Jr. was forced to resign because of policy issues in the Department.
  • Bush: After 21 months as Labor Secretary, Elizabeth Dole resigned. Her spokeswoman said at the time that "she felt it was time to move on."
  • Reagan: After 11 months, Max L. Friedersdorf, the assistant to the President for legislative affairs, resigned for another job.

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South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

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 has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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Heat wave melts 20% of snow cover from Antarctic island in days

The effects of February's record heat wave on Eagle Island in Antarctica. Photo: NASA

Antarctica's Eagle Island now has a side that's almost ice-free following this month's searing heat wave in the region, images released by NASA show.

Why it maters: "The warm spell caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers," NASA said in its report. It's the third major melt event of the 2019-2020 Southern Hemisphere summer, following warm spells in January and last November, according to the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).