Sep 7, 2017

Joe Hagin takes over President Trump's schedule

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Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joe Hagin is now overseeing President Trump's day-to-day scheduling, according to two sources familiar with the arrangements.

Why it matters: The low-profile job is crucial to the functioning of the White House, the execution of the policy agenda, and the president's ability to project power via meetings and public appearances.

Rick Dearborn, another Deputy Chief of Staff, has been handling the president's schedule since Katie Walsh exited the White House in March. I'm told Dearborn, with his new portfolio, will be "coordinating" the White House's external functions, notably political affairs and outreach.

Hagin, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration, has become a vital — though low-key — presence in the administration. He's one of only a few people in the West Wing who know how to make a White House function, watching the little details important to ensure major presidential events, and foreign trips, go off without a hitch.

When Hurricane Harvey unfolded, officials in the White House were eager to hear from Hagin, given he served under Bush during Katrina. Hagin has managed to avoid the palace knife-fighting, and factional battles, that dominated the early months of the administration.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

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Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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 continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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