Jul 6, 2017

Outgoing ethics chief: "appearance" Trump is profiting from presidency

AP

Walter Shaub, who submitted his resignation Thursday as director of the Office of Government Ethics, was asked by CBS News whether he believes the Trump family is using the presidency to enrich themselves. His answer:

"I can't know what their intention is. I know that the effect is there's an appearance that the businesses are profiting from his occupying the presidency, and appearance matters as much as reality. So even aside from whether or not that's actually happening we need to send a message to the world that the United States is going to have the gold standard for an ethics program in government, which is what we've always had."

Why it matters: Potential conflicts of interest surrounding Trump caused a major stir shortly after he took office, but have been on the backburner for a while. It's far from clear that Shaub's resignation will do much to revive the issue — Trump for one has long contended that most Americans don't care.

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Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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South Korea and Italy see spikes in coronavirus cases

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The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting these are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the United States.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel and Lebanon, while Iran reported its sixth death from the virus. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 Friday to 433 on Saturday and Italy's case count rose from 3 to 62 by Saturday.

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America's rundown roads add to farmers' struggles

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American farmers are struggling to safely use the roads that cut through their fields; decades of neglect and lack of funding have made the routes dangerous.

The big picture: President Trump has long promised to invest billions in rural infrastructure, and his latest proposal would allocate $1 trillion for such projects. Rural America, where many of Trump's supporters live, would see a large chunk of that money.