Mar 24, 2019

Pelosi, Schumer to speak at AIPAC amid progressive pushback

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck SchumerPhoto: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer are scheduled to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference, which kicks off Sunday and will feature speeches from dozens of members of Congress, as well as two of the candidates in Israel's upcoming election.

The big picture: This year's policy conference comes on the heels of a controversy sparked by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who was accused of using anti-semitic tropes in her criticism of AIPAC's lobbying. 2020 candidates Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, who defended Omar despite condemnation from Democratic leadership, will not be speaking at the conference.

Other notable speakers:

  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.)
  • House GOP Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
  • House Democratic Caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
  • House Foreign Relations chair Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)
  • Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Israeli election candidate Benny Gantz

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Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray.

The big picture: President Trump's unexpected rise to political power has shown Democrats and world leaders the power of harnessing popular internet culture to get elected.

South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

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The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

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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