Jan 19, 2018

Trump budget chief predicts deal soon

Mick Mulvaney. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters on Friday evening that there's "a really good chance" the government funding is fixed before Monday. Mulvaney said on CNN he thinks "there's a deal in the next 24 hours."

Why it matters: The Senate has less than six hours to vote on a package that will fund the government before it shuts down, which could cost the U.S. economy over $6 billion a week. The vote has been scheduled for 10 pm Eastern. President Trump met with Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer earlier today to try and hammer out a deal.

Update: Newly-elected Democrat Sen. Doug Jones is a "yes" on the House's bill, joining Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, and Joe Manchin. Nine Democrats would have to join Republicans to pass the bill.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham announced he is pushing for a 3-week continuing resolution through February 8: "After lengthy consultations with senators from both parties, I believe no one wants the government to shut down...February 8th provides us the time only if we have the will. I believe the will exists."

A breakdown of the most-likely Democratic backers from National Journal:

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Bob Iger stuns media world with sudden departure as Disney CEO

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

In a move that shocked the media industry, Bob Iger said Tuesday he would step down from his role as CEO of the Walt Disney Company after leading the entertainment giant to unprecedented success during his 15-year run in the job.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully led Disney through a series of risky but highly-successful acquisitions that not only solidified the company's entertainment dominance, but also ultimately reshaped the entire media landscape.

Sanders hits new stratosphere of online interest

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios — Note: Hover over the weekly rank on desktop to see articles and interactions for each candidate and issues.

For the second straight week, Bernie Sanders has hit the high watermark for online attention in the Democratic primary, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: It's not just quantity. The sentiment of the top stories about Sanders has been more positive than his top Democratic rivals — particularly Michael Bloomberg, whose recent online attention has been overwhelmingly negative.

Global coronavirus cases spread as U.S. soldier tests positive in South Korea

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.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive to the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak spreads to more countries.

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 1,146 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 322 cases have been confirmed.

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