Nov 6, 2018

Steve King says he hopes Justices Sotomayor and Kagan "elope to Cuba"

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), speaking about the Supreme Court during an appearance in Hampton, Iowa on Monday, said that he hopes Republicans will "have a 7-2 court" after tomorrow's midterm elections, adding that if the party is lucky Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor "will elope to Cuba," reports the Weekly Standard's Adam Rubenstein.

Why it matters: King has a history of making incendiary comments, and has recently come under fire for endorsing white nationalist Faith Goldy for mayor of Toronto. In the last few weeks, dairy company Land O'Lakes ended their donations to him; Rep. Steve Strivers (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, condemned King for his "completely inappropriate" actions and remarks; and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, urged House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to strip King of his subcommittee chairmanship and initiate censure proceedings.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea 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. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 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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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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