Apr 17, 2017

Pro-Trump group giving Republicans air cover on Obamacare repeal


Here's a new twist in the Trumpcare ad wars: Instead of pressuring Republicans for or against it, a pro-Trump group is launching a $3 million ad campaign praising GOP members who are trying to get it passed. America First Policies, a nonprofit started by some of President Trump's former campaign aides, is running TV and digital ads urging supporters to thank the Republicans for their "courage."

Who's on the list: It includes Reps. Gary Palmer and Dave Schweikert, the two Republicans who wrote the latest Trumpcare amendment (giving extra help to insurers with expensive patients."

Between the lines: It's a signal from Trump's allies about the importance of passing something — because it shows they'll help Republicans who might get blowback over the bill.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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