Dec 18, 2018

Mitch McConnell is confident there won't be a government shutdown

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that a partial government shutdown is "not a good option" and that he's confident the government will stay open over Christmas.

Why it matters: McConnell said he's been "in consultation" with the White House about how to move forward, and that the administration is “extremely flexible" on the issue of funding for the border wall, which President Trump has said is necessary for him to pass any type of spending plan. Lawmakers have until Friday to reach a deal.

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Trump appoints Peter Navarro to enforce Defense Production Act

President Trump briefs reporters with the White House coronavirus task force on March 26. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro was appointed as the Trump administration's point man to enforce the Defense Production Act on Friday, after President Trump authorized the use of the DPA to direct General Motors to build ventilators for patients affected by the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: America's hospitals, doctors and nurses have urged Trump since last week to use the DPA to ramp up the country's domestic production of medical supplies crucial for health care workers, saying "there will not be enough medical supplies" without it.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 590,594 — Total deaths: 26,943 — Total recoveries: 130,865.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 100,000 — Total deaths: 1,478 — Total recoveries: 862.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to provide businesses and U.S. workers some economic relief.
  4. State updates: Nearly 92% of cities do not have adequate medical supplies — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month.
  5. World updates: Italy reported 969 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the country's deadliest day.
  6. Business latest: President Trump authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to direct General Motors to prioritize building ventilators for those affected by COVID-19.
  7. 🏰 1 Disney thing: Both Disney World and Disneyland theme parks in the U.S. are closed until further notice.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancing.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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North Carolina becomes latest state to issue coronavirus stay-at-home order

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, with exemptions for certain essential workers and businesses. The order goes into effect Monday at 5 p.m.

The big picture: This is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide were asked to stay home Monday.

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