May 18, 2019

Leader of opposition Labor Party concedes in Australian elections

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labor Party Bill Shorten concedes. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Australia's conservative government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison won the national election on Saturday as the Labor Party opponent, Bill Shorten, conceded, the Washington Post reports.

Our thought bubble from Axios' Dave Lawler: "Australia has shuffled through 5 prime ministers since 2013, and polls suggested there would be yet another change at the top this week. Instead, Morrison has pulled off an upset in an election where taxes, climate change and Australia’s approach to China were key issues."

The backdrop: The country's political parties have been starkly divided in policies, especially in battling climate change. The Labor Party was predicted to beat Morrison, whose views generally align with that of President Trump and U.S. Republicans.

  • Morrison's promises to cut taxes and implement restrictions on some Chinese investments proved effective.
  • "Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition was two seats short of a parliamentary majority after about 60% of the vote had been counted," which were several seats more than predicted, per the Post.

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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 CDC said Wednesday U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor knowingly have contact with anyone infected, as six more countries reported their first cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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