Nov 13, 2018

Melania Trump issues unprecedented call for removal of national security aide

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First lady Melania Trump has called for the removal of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel saying she "no longer deserves the honor" of holding her position, according to a statement from spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham obtained by CNN's Kate Bennett Tuesday.

The details: Ricardel reportedly feuded with the first lady and her staff over seating arrangements on the plane for Trump's recent trip to Africa, per CNN. Ricardel has held the position for seven months and allegedly had run-ins with other high ranking officials including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

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.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

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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