Nov 8, 2017

Recording from unsealed Papadopoulos hearing goes public

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

This July, when prosecutors from Special Counsel Bob Mueller's team arrested George Papadopoulos, who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, at Dulles Airport, they didn't have a warrant for his arrest and only filed the criminal complaint the following morning, Politico's Josh Gerstein reports, citing an unsealed court recording Politico obtained. The case was formerly sealed.

Why it matters: The Papadopoulos arrest seemed slapped together in some ways. At a hearing on the matter, the prosecutors showed up late. That, coupled with Papadopoulos appearing without even a public defender to stand in for his own attorney at the hearing, paints a notable contrast with the serious way most accounts of the Mueller probe have portrayed his legal team and their legal know-how.

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CDC is conflating diagnostic and antibody tests for coronavirus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday confirmed that it has been combining the results of diagnostic coronavirus tests and coronavirus antibody tests, The Atlantic reports.

Why it matters: Including antibody test results distorts data on the prevalence of the coronavirus and can overstate the ability to safely begin the reopening process.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 5,101,967 — Total deaths: 332,900 — Total recoveries — 1,948,686Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,577,140 — Total deaths: 94,688 — Total recoveries: 298,418 — Total tested: 13,056,206Map.
  3. Federal government: McConnell tells Trump next coronavirus bill must be under $1 trillion — Trump says "we're not closing our country" for a second wave.
  4. Public health: Fauci on Moderna vaccine: "I'm cautiously optimistic" Fauci on states reopening: "Be on the alert" for small spikes — CDC is conflating diagnostic and antibody tests.
  5. World: Americans divided over how the U.S. crisis response stacks up — U.S.-made ventilators arrive in Russia as part of a $5.6 million coronavirus package.
  6. Media: No media publisher is immune in the coronavirus era.
  7. Science: The limitations of the scientific field's response to the novel coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Fauci on states reopening: "Be on the alert" for small coronavirus spikes

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci advised states that are reopening "to be on the alert" for "little blips" of infections as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted across the U.S., at a CNN coronavirus town hall on Thursday.

Why it matters: Nearly every state in the U.S. has taken steps to reopen certain regions and industries that are seen as "low-risk" for spreading the virus, per a New York Times analysis.