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A word of warning... I've hardly mentioned the 2020 election in this newsletter, and it'll remain a refuge from U.S. politics this year, but we're a week out from Iowa and I thought it might be time to zoom in on the top Democrats' foreign policies.
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With the first votes of the 2020 Democratic primary one week away, the foreign policies on offer from the leading candidates merit closer inspection.
Why it matters: If a Democrat wins back the White House in 2020, they'll face steep obstacles to turning their domestic agenda into reality. But in foreign affairs, particularly when crises arise, they will wield immense power.
Biden's foreign policy centers around restoring America's global leadership and alliances.
Sanders is more likely to condemn American imperialism than launch into Biden-style celebrations of American greatness — though he also emphasizes re-establishing U.S. moral authority.
Warren contends that America has hurt itself and the world by promoting globalization, big corporations and a model of capitalism that drives inequality and resentment.
Between the lines: Warren and Sanders have similar diagnoses in terms of the failures of U.S. foreign policy, and many of the same prescriptions.
A virus believed (but not certain) to have spread from a fish market in Wuhan, China, has sparked panic in China and around the world.
But, but, but: The risk to Americans remains low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By the numbers: There are at least 2,886 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in 16 countries or regions and 82 deaths in China. The U.S. has five confirmed cases with 110 people in 26 states under investigation so far, 32 of whom tested negative, Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly writes.
Catch up quick...
"Absolutely, the flu is a bigger risk for Americans than the coronavirus, right now."— Melissa Nolan
What's happening: The U.S. will continue screening passengers coming indirectly from Wuhan at five airports, among other steps.
Gantz visits the West Bank. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images
President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top political rival, Benny Gantz, at the White House today ahead of the release of his long-awaited Middle East peace plan tomorrow.
Between the lines: Gantz's meeting with Trump was widely seen as an achievement, given he holds no official position. He had considered skipping the trip to Washington out of fear he'd be sidelined by Trump and overshadowed by Netanyahu.
What to watch: The Palestinians have boycotted this process and are expected to immediately and emphatically reject Trump’s proposal. Netanyahu and Gantz, meanwhile, are on board.
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The Trump administration is gearing up for a long-term confrontation with China, a rival viewed increasingly as an existential threat, but a week in Davos offered a stark reminder that the world is not prepared to line up behind it.
The big picture: There was a palpable sense of relief among the Davos crowd after the "phase one" trade deal reduced tensions between the U.S. and China.
Experts, executives and most world leaders agree: China is too big and advancing too fast to be forced out of the equation.
“It’s more of a Washington sentiment than it is a business sentiment,” Kelly Grier, U.S. chair and managing partner of Ernst & Young, says of hawkish claims that doing business in China crosses security and ethical boundaries.
Go deeper: Read our Davos Deep Dive
Most European citizens aren't lining up behind the U.S. in the impending confrontation with China either, according to a poll from the European Council on Foreign Relations.
By the numbers:
When it comes to Russia, "neither" remains the overwhelming answer.
Salvini (R) faces the music. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images
1. Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, will have to wait a bit longer to inflict a death blow on Italy’s wobbling coalition government.
Driving the news: The fiercely anti-immigrant Salvini campaigned aggressively in the left-wing heartlands of Emilia-Romagna, predicting a victory on Sunday would prove fatal to the government. In the end, the League was comfortably beaten by the center-left Democratic Party in regional elections.
What to watch: The League remains Italy’s most popular party, and Salvini will get his chance sooner or later.
2. Peru's main opposition party saw its seat total fall from 73 to around 12 in Sunday's congressional election, an apparent vindication of President Martín Vizcarra’s decision to shut down the last congress.
Construction on a new hospital to house coronavirus patients in Wuhan. Photo: Getty Images
"It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine."— Pompeo seeming to confirm he forced NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly to point to Ukraine on a blank map during a post-interview altercation. Kelly has a graduate degree in European studies and almost certainly did not point to Bangladesh.
"Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?"— Pompeo during that altercation, per Kelly
"We can only conclude that the State Department is retaliating against National Public Radio as a result of this exchange."— The State Department Correspondents' Association on news that another NPR correspondent, Michele Kelemen, now won't be allowed to cover Pompeo's upcoming trip.