Apr 9, 2018

NRCC chairman walks back criticism of Rep. Ryan Costello

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) stands behind Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) at a press conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers walked back his criticism of Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Ryan Costello today, saying: “It was a mistake of me to say. Ryan is a friend and we're sad to see him leave. I'm sure he made the right decision for his family and his district and I respect it.”

The background: Stivers criticized Costello over the weekend, saying he lacked the “intestinal fortitude” to continue in Congress after Costello decided not to run for reelection last month. His comments about a fellow Republican showed the GOP’s growing worry about the party’s chances to maintain control of the House as more Republicans are retiring or not seeking reelection.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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