⚡ Breaking: China, with 5,974 cases of coronavirus, now has more infections than it did during the SARS outbreak of 2002-03; death toll still lower. (AP)
The Trump trial will enter a hot new phase today when senators grill House managers and White House lawyers with a series of pointed questions, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
How it works: Each party will alternate submitting written questions to Chief Justice John Roberts, who will read them.
What I'm hearing: This could be quite a show.
What they'll ask:
Sneak peek, from Alayna's conversations at the Capitol:
In a surprise, Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans he currently lacks the votes needed to block witnesses from the Trump impeachment trial, but hopes they can get there by Friday, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
What we're hearing: During the meeting, GOP leaders emphasized that a vote for witnesses would drag out the proceedings and could impact the races of senators up for re-election.
📊 Five recent polls show that a majority of Americans (55-72%) favor calling new witnesses.
💬 From my inbox ... Top Republican source: "This is the first time McConnell has not been captain of the ship ... uncharted waters ahead."
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If you're freaking out about coronavirus but didn’t get a flu shot, you’ve got it backwards, Axios' Bob Herman writes.
By the numbers: This new strain of coronavirus has killed 132 people so far, all of them in China. More than 6,000 total cases have been reported worldwide, although experts believe that total is underestimated.
Between the lines: James Lawler, an infectious disease physician at the University of Nebraska, said pandemic viruses like the coronavirus cause more anxiety because, unlike the flu, there are not any initial countermeasures like vaccines, antivirals, diagnostic testing and monitoring systems.
Elizabeth Warren builds long game ... 600 miles away from Des Moines at Warren’s Michigan headquarters in Detroit, the Boston Globe's Jess Bidgood reports, "Quentin Turner had an urgent message for the dozen or so volunteers":
5 days to Iowa caucuses ... Amy Klobuchar took a last-minute, late afternoon flight to western Iowa yesterday after the Trump trial to make a campaign stop at a bar in Council Bluffs, AP's Margery Beck reports.
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The fate of the national race to build 5G wireless service depends on how effectively the guts of the network — namely, hundreds of thousands of bulky antennas — are placed in cities, Axios' Kim Hart writes.
On the ground: Two Georgia towns, 10 miles apart in the suburbs of Atlanta, have drastically different reactions to the realities of deploying 5G networks:
Video: Axios visited both. See what we found.
President Trump is nowhere near a deal on Middle East peace, but the long-awaited and hyper-detailed plan he released yesterday — shepherded by Jared Kushner — has immediate and dramatic implications for the reality on the ground, write Axios' Dave Lawler and Barak Ravid, an Axios contributor and senior diplomatic correspondent for Israel's Channel 13 News
Our thought bubble: If Israel does annex the Jordan Valley, it will entrench Israel’s control and fundamentally change the equation for any future negotiations.
For Netanyahu, this could be the biggest moment in a political career that has been remarkable for its longevity but not for landmark accomplishments.
Reality check: None of the officials Axios' Jonathan Swan has spoken to in the region are optimistic that peace can be accomplished while Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are in power.
Fox News averaged 3.32 million in prime time last week, MSNBC had 1.96 million, ESPN had 1.22 million, TLC had 1.2 million and CNN had 1.18 million, per AP.
🌞 Breaking: "NBC News has considered the prospect of creating a fifth hour of 'Today' on weekdays." (Variety)
Another effect of China's coronavirus outbreak, per The Hollywood Reporter: "Nearly every cinema in the country, totaling about 70,000 screens, has shut down."
Closer to home ... 2011's "Contagion," centered on "a deadly China-born virus that goes global and leads to mass chaos," hit the top-10 on iTunes' movie chart this week. (THR)
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