Apr 27, 2017

Paul Ryan gets realistic about health care vote

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is lowering expectations for a health care vote this week, saying the House will take up the revised GOP bill only when it has enough votes to pass. "We want to go when we're ready to go," Ryan said at a press conference this morning. "This has been a very organic, bottom-up process. It takes time to do that."

Between the lines: Of course House Republican leaders would like to vote soon — either tomorrow or Saturday, which would be President Trump's 100th day in office. They've filed the latest amendments with the Rules Committee so they can do it on short notice. But they haven't nailed down the votes yet, even though Ryan says they're making "very good progress."

Ryan's message to moderate holdouts: "I think people's seats are at risk if we don't do what we said we would do."

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The Humanity First push for a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Policy responses to the global coronavirus crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitics.

The flipside: The scientific work underway to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

Trump attacks Schumer for impeachment in letter about coronavirus crisis

President Trump briefs reports on April 2. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of being "missing in action" during the coronavirus crisis, writing in a scathing letter on Thursday that Schumer's focus on the "ridiculous impeachment hoax" resulted in New York being ill-prepared for the pandemic.

Why it matters: It's a blistering response to Schumer urging Trump to assign a senior military officer to enforce the Defense Production Act to produce more medical supplies.

World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Novel coronavirus infections have hit the 1 million mark after "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

The big picture: The global death toll exceeded 50,000 on Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported nearly 14,000 deaths. Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

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