Updated Nov 30, 2018

House Democrats' first bill in power to focus on political reform

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House Democratic leaders announced a political reform bill symbolically named "H.R. 1" on Friday as their first order of business upon assuming power early next year, targeting election financing, voting rights reforms and more.

The big picture: The bill sets the tone for Democrats' priorities once they retake the House in the age of President Trump under presumptive Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It'll seek to expand voting access for Americans and grant more federal money to strengthen state election security. And, in a broadside to some of Trump's most controversial actions, the bill would create a Supreme Court code of ethics and require presidents to release their tax returns.

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America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: The virus hits home

Data: Ipsos/Axios poll; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The share of Americans who know someone who's tested positive has more than tripled in just a few weeks, to 14%, according to the latest installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

  • It's still highest in the Northeast, but last week alone it doubled in the South — and it's becoming most pronounced among people who still must leave home to work.
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