Apr 23, 2019

Sanders the standout 2020 presidential pick in progressive straw poll

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the runaway preferred 2020 Democratic presidential candidate for progressive activists, a Democracy for America survey published early Tuesday shows.

Details: In the online survey of 96,641 DFA members, Sanders achieved 42.3% support — 30 points ahead of his closest rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (10.52%).

By the numbers: In the first DFA poll in December, Sanders led at 36.2%, with former Vice President Joe Biden second with 15%. Biden's support has now slumped to 8%, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's soared from nowhere to 3rd spot, with 9.7% support.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

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.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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