Nov 1, 2017

Sam Clovis, the unnamed man in Mueller's indictments

Sam Clovis with President Trump at a 2016 campaign rally. Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP

Sam Clovis is a top Trump campaign surrogate emerging at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's current focus. Reports have pegged him as the "campaign supervisor" in Mueller's indictment with whom George Papadopoulos corresponded regarding meetings with suspected Russian officials — and, just last week, he was interviewed by Mueller's team and testified before a grand jury, per NBC News.

Keep an eye out: Clovis is currently nominated to become the USDA's top scientist — though he has no agricultural science or research experience — and the position requires Senate confirmation. Expect fireworks if Democrats on the Agriculture Committee got the chance to question him in a public confirmation hearing.

Some more background on Clovis:

  • He was a conservative radio personality in Iowa, which increased his involvement in state Republican politics — ultimately losing the 2014 race for state treasurer after finishing behind Joni Ernst in Iowa's Senate GOP primary earlier that year.
  • He served as national co-chair of President Trump's campaign where he also acted as chief policy advisor, supervising George Papadopoulos.
  • He's previously been dismissive of climate research and climate change and been an outspoken opponent of LGBT rights, drawing waves of criticism from congressional Democrats.

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World coronavirus updates: Italy becomes 2nd country to exceed 100,000 cases

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 and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Spain and Italy extended lockdown deadlines on Monday, as Italy became the second country in the world to surpass 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 755,000 and the death toll topped 36,000 by Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 11,500 total deaths.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 745,308 — Total deaths: 35,307 — Total recoveries: 156,875.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 143,672 — Total deaths: 2,575 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Hospital ship the USNS Comfort arrives in Manhattan.
  4. Business latest: Macy's will furlough the majority of it's workers this week, as the chain's stores remain closed.
  5. World updates: Spain and Italy extend lockdown deadlines while Italy becomes second country to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases.
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  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Majority of governors order residents to stay home

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

At least 29 state governors have ordered their residents to stay home to promote social distancing and limit community spread from the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. copes with more than 144,000 positive cases — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: COVID-19 killed over 2,500 people in the U.S. by Monday. That's far fewer than in Italy, where over 10,700 people have died — accounting for a third of the global death toll. The number of people who've recovered from the virus in the U.S. exceeded 4,800.

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