Jan 9, 2017

Hot on the Hill

9 confirmation hearings this week
  • Tuesday: Jeff Sessions (Justice) and John Kelly (Homeland)
  • Wednesday: Rex Tillerson (State), Mike Pompeo (CIA), Betsy DeVos (Education), Elaine Chao (Transportation) and Wilbur Ross (Commerce)
  • Thursday: Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development) and Andrew Puzder (Labor)

Republicans want to get this ball rolling. "You can't kill four people in one day," one told Axios AM.

That still leaves:

  • Gen. James Mattis, who just filed his disclosure forms. He's worth about $10M, and has deep financial ties to General Dynamics, the 4th-largest Pentagon contractor.
  • Secretaries of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to nab the Ag slot, but crickets so far on the VA.
Any movement on Obamacare?

At least 7 Republicans are on the fence on Obamacare,

according to

Axios reporter Caitlin Owens. That's a lot. Republicans can move legislation with just 50 votes, but with just 52 seats, they don't have much space to give.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

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.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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