Updated Jan 24, 2018

Pence breaks Senate tie to advance Sam Brownback nomination

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Mike Pence broke a 49-49 tie in the Senate to advance Sam Brownback for a final confirmation vote as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Why it matters: Brownback, the current governor of Kansas, had his first nomination for the position expire at the end of 2017. Brownback will join HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as Trump nominees confirmed by the Senate this week if the final vote passes.

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America's small business bailout is off to a bad start

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Websites have crashed, phones are jammed and confusion reigns as businesses rushed at today's kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Why it matters: This is a race to save jobs in the present and the future, and to ensure that as many workers as possible keep their benefits and paychecks during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 1,076,017 — Total deaths: 58,004 — Total recoveries: 225,335Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 261,438 — Total deaths: 6,699 — Total recoveries: 9,428Map.
  3. Business latest: Mark Cuban criticizes "arrogant" 3M on respirator production — The wartime mobilization effort to produce ventilators and medical supplies got started too late.
  4. Oil latest: The amount of gasoline American drivers are consuming dropped to levels not seen in more than 25 years, government data shows.
  5. Politics latest: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried about the difficulties of delivering the $2.2 trillion in stimulus aid.
  6. Jobs update: The U.S. lost 701,000 jobs in March, but the new report doesn't reflect the height of the virus' impact on the economy.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Coronavirus fuels historic drop in gasoline demand

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The amount of gasoline American drivers are consuming dropped to levels not seen in more than 25 years, government data shows.

Driving the news: When most of us are staying home and not driving, this is one of the most predictable—but nonetheless still staggering—upshots of the unfolding coronavirus crisis.