Jan 13, 2019

Pompeo: It's "ludicrous" to suggest Trump is a threat to U.S. security

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the idea that President Trump is a threat to American national security "absolutely ludicrous" and "silly on its face" on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday after the New York Times reported that the FBI had opened an investigation into whether the president could be working for Russian interests in 2017.

Background: The FBI investigation was reportedly triggered by Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, and the White House echoed Pompeo's derision of the report, calling it "absurd." The NYT bombshell was followed by a report from the Washington Post on Saturday that Trump sought to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from his own administration officials.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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 novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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