Mar 16, 2018

Russia probe moves further into Trump's house

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Russia dominated cable news coverage last evening, even after the tragic bridge collapse in Miami.

Be smart: Three huge developments set up a new tension for Trump... Mueller's incursion into the Trump Organization, impinging on the president's red line of family finances, is sure to get under Trump's skin, and may make him want to fire Mueller. On the other hand, by sanctioning Russians who had been indicted by Mueller, the administration was giving its seal of approval to the special counsel's findings.

  • Mueller "has subpoenaed the Trump Organization ... to turn over documents, including some related to Russia," per N.Y. Times."The order is the first known instance of the special counsel demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses."
  • "The Trump administration slapped Moscow with its first sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign," per The Wall Street Journal, "punishing ... Russians already indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller."
  • "Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says," per N.Y. Times: "The Trump administration accused Russia ... of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will."

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor from delaying state's primary

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Wisconsin's Supreme Court on Monday blocked an executive order by Gov. Tony Evers (D) that attempted to delay in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Driving the news: Judges ruled 4-2 along ideological lines that Evers does not have the power as governor to unilaterally postpone the election, despite the fact that the state has a stay-at-home order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 1,331,032 — Total deaths: 73,917 — Total recoveries: 275,851Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 356,942 — Total deaths: 10,524 — Total recoveries: 18,999Map.
  3. 2020 update: Wisconsin governor orders in-person primary voting delayed until June.
  4. States latest: West Coast states send ventilators to New York and other states with more immediate need — Data suggest coronavirus curve may be flattening in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  5. World update: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
  6. Stocks latest: The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. 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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Stocks jump 7% despite bleak coronavirus projections

People passing by the New York Stock Exchange amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.

Why it matters: The huge market surge comes amid rare optimistic signs that the spread of the coronavirus may be slowing in parts of the country, including New York. But government officials say this will be a difficult week, while economists — including former Fed chair Janet Yellen today — warn that the pandemic could have a catastrophic impact on the global economy.