Oct 5, 2018

House Democrat threatens Kavanaugh investigation if they win majority

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler said that if House Democrats win a majority in midterms next month they would open an investigation of perjury and sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, the NYT reports.

Why it matters: Nadler, who is in line to be the House Judiciary Committee chairman, argues that the Senate "failed" to do its job of advice and consent on the nominee and says he wants to "protect the legitimacy" of the highest court in the land. Kavanaugh all but sealed his confirmation Friday when the last few senators announced their decisions on his nomination.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

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 World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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