Oct 10, 2018

Mike Bloomberg re-registers as a Democrat

Photo: Mike Bloomberg/Instagram

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg wrote on Instagram (followed by Facebook and Twitter) that he's now officially a Democrat.

Why it matters: Bloomberg, looking ahead to a possible 2020 presidential race as a Democrat, is heading toward spending $100 million on House Democratic races, and made a surprise contribution of $20 million to Senate Democrats.

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Netanyahu goes on trial in corruption case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his address at his Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, in March. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust is set to start in Jerusalem District Court on Sunday. He strongly denies all charges.

Why it matters: Netanyahu is Israel's first sitting prime minister to go on trial on corruption charges. He's the country's longest-serving leader and was sworn into office for a fourth consecutive term exactly a week ago.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Japanese officials confirmed 14 new novel coronavirus cases Sunday following two days of reporting single-digit figures, per the Japan Times. Authorities are expected to lift states of emergency measures for Tokyo, Hokkaido and several prefectures on Monday, the news outlet reports.

By the numbers: Over 5.3 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Saturday, and more than 2.1 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 13.7 million tests).

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 5,313,852 — Total deaths: 342,147 — Total recoveries — 2,113,897Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 1,622,670 — Total deaths: 97,087 — Total recoveries: 361,239 — Total tested: 13,784,786Map.
  3. Public health: FDA blocks U.S. sale of 29 coronavirus antibody tests Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most states Muslim health workers balance Ramadan fasting — Hurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  4. States: Former Florida health dept. employee says official asked her to manipulate coronavirus dataDaily deaths in New York drop under 100 for the first time since March.
  5. Business: Small business outlook is slowly improving, but the pandemic hits minority-owned small businesses harder.
  6. World: Health officials report first death in Gaza stripCoronavirus testing is virtually nonexistent in some poor countries.
  7. 1 🏀 thing: NBA in early talks to restart season at Disney World.
  8. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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