May 29, 2019

Amash gets standing ovation for Trump remarks at Michigan town hall

Rep. Justin Amash. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) received a standing ovation by many on Tuesday evening at his first Michigan town hall since he became the first Republican in Congress to support President Trump's impeachment.

Details: Amash told the crowd in Grand Rapids he stood by his comments. "Clearly, things that violate the public trust are impeachable," he said, to applause. Some in the crowd defended Trump, including a woman in a "Make America Great Again" hat, who was booed — prompting Amash to urge people to be respectful.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic, as cases spread to more countries

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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Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

Putin and Trump. Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Senate Democratic leaders will send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday afternoon demanding they sanction Russia — and potentially Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — for attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The letter follows reports that a senior intelligence official briefed Congress that Russia is again interfering in the November election to help Trump. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected that assessment on Sunday, and CNN later reported that the briefer may have overstated the intelligence community's evidence about Russia's goals.