Nov 22, 2018

GOP's women shortage causes fears ahead of 2020

Carol Miller (R-W.V.) Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Carol Miller, a newly-elected House member for West Virginia's 3rd district, will be the only Republican woman entering the U.S. House of Representatives in January, The Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Of the at least 199 Republicans in the chamber, there could be as few as 13 female GOP lawmakers — the smallest group since the early 1990s — compared to at least 89 female Democrats. That disparity is raising concerns for Republicans that Democrats' female voter edge could carry over to 2020 for the presidential and congressional elections. Women voted for Democratic candidates over Republicans on Election Day by 57% to 41%, according to AP VoteCast.

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Scoop: Census Bureau is paying Chinese state media to reach Americans

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The 2020 Census Paid Media Campaign, which sends U.S. taxpayer dollars to community media outlets to run ads about the upcoming census, is including a Chinese state-run broadcaster as one of its media vendors.

Why it matters: After China's yearslong campaign to co-opt independent Chinese-language media in the U.S., Washington is now paying Beijing-linked media outlets in order to reach Chinese Americans.

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Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

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.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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GOP congressman accuses California pension official of working for China

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The latest season of Red Scare has come to Sacramento.

Driving the news: Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) has repeatedly accused Ben Meng, chief investment officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), of tacitly working on behalf of the Chinese government. Banks also says that, were it up to him, Meng would be fired — and has questioned the patriotism of California Gov. Gavin Newsom for not at least investigating Meng.

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