Mar 25, 2019

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy asks Schiff to step down as intelligence chair

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is one of several prominent Republicans to demand that House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) step down from his position for promoting allegations of a Trump campaign conspiracy with Russia, Politico reports.

The big picture: Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Sunday that concluded there was not sufficient evidence to establish a Trump-Russia conspiracy. Trump defenders are taking the news as complete vindication of the president, while Schiff has joined other Democrats in demanding that the full Mueller report be released to the public, while pressing on with his committee's own investigation into Russian contacts.

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Q&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

What's new: This week, we answer five questions on smokers' vulnerability, food safety, visiting older parents, hair cut needs, and rural vs. urban impact.

The other coronavirus test we need

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Researchers are racing to develop tests that detect whether someone may have developed immunity to the coronavirus, which could help society return to normal faster.

Why it matters: These tests could help people know if they are able to go back to work, as well as aid researchers in tracking the scale and death rate of the disease — key data for current and future pandemic policies.

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What the U.S. can learn from other countries in the coronavirus fight

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Note: Cases are shown on a logarithmic scale; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The countries that have most successfully fended off the novel coronavirus have mainly done it with a combination of new technology and old-school principles.

Why it matters: There's a lot the U.S. can learn from the way other countries have handled this global pandemic — although we may not be able to apply those lessons as quickly as we'd like.

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