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What's happening: S&P Global expects the outbreak to "stabilize globally in April 2020, with virtually no new transmissions in May."
What we're hearing: "We’re likely to return not just to normal, but above normal because of the U.S.-China trade deal," Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco, tells Axios.
The backdrop: U.S. economic data had been strengthening ahead of the outbreak.
Between the lines: The bullish expectations are based on the assumption that Trump won't ratchet up tensions with China again or launch a second trade spat with Europe.
Suddenly believing the papers, President Trump stunned ministers from around the world by triumphantly brandishing post-impeachment headlines at the National Prayer Breakfast, an event that's usually a rare bipartisan respite:
Three hours later, Trump held an hourlong post-impeachment celebration/grievance-fest in the East Room, entering to "Hail to the Chief":
Not The Onion ... Here's today's witty WashPost front page:
Speaker Pelosi said at a news conference yesterday: "That was not a State of the Union. That was ... his state of mind."
The five biggest U.S. stocks — Apple, Microsoft, Google's parent company, Amazon and Facebook — have grown so explosively that they account for nearly 18% of the S&P 500 index by market value.
The history: The last time five stocks controlled this much of the S&P 500 was during the tech bubble at the turn of the millennium.
One difference between this time and the dot-com bubble is that many analysts don't see prices as grossly over-inflated now.
U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, who was part of the first all-female spacewalk, lands on the steppes of Kazakhstan after returning from the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz space capsule.
All at once, several simulators used to forecast planetary warming are saying we have less time than we thought, Bloomberg's Eric Roston reports.
Why it matters: These same models have successfully projected global warming for a half century, Bloomberg points out:
Netflix has taken down just nine pieces of content around the world in response to written government requests since it was founded 23 years ago, the company revealed for the first time, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: As Netflix aims to grow its business abroad, it wants to be transparent about the way it handles censorship efforts in markets it looks to invest in.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Following the latest batch of Iowa results, Pete Buttigieg leads Bernie Sanders by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted — a margin of 0.09 percentage points, AP reports.
DNC Chair Tom Perez asked the Iowa Democratic Party to conduct a recanvass — not a recount, but rather a check of the vote count.
Sally Buzbee, AP's senior vice president and executive editor, said:
The Associated Press calls a race when there is a clear indication of a winner. Because of a tight margin between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders and the irregularities in this year's caucus process, it is not possible to determine a winner at this point.
Apple is partnering with ABC News to co-host tech giant's first-ever political debate tonight (8 to 11 p.m. ET), in an effort to show off its growing investment in news, Axios' Sara Fischer and Fadel Allassan report.
Tony Sayegh and Pam Bondi, who ran the White House impeachment war room, are returning to their former jobs following his acquittal, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Between the lines: Sayegh and Bondi worked behind the scenes to curry favor among Republicans to acquit Trump.
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America's most popular chains are spending millions and hiring thousands in the battle for the growing breakfast market, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
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