Updated Jun 2, 2018

Republicans are helping Heidi Heitkamp get re-elected

Sen. Heidit Heitkamp is up for re-election this cycle. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Koch brothers are following President Trump's lead by boosting Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Politico reports, in their new ads that praise her for loosening regulations under Dodd-Frank.

Why it matters: Republicans shouldn't be worried about one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators, but they are. First, because of the president's relationship with Heitkamp and now because of conservative groups like the Koch-aligned Americans For Prosperity putting a positive light on her.

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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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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.