Jun 30, 2017

Sanders: "Trump hasn't changed his mind on health care"

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Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders opened Friday's off-camera briefing with a patriotic joke: "In honor of the Fourth of July, let's try to save all our fireworks for Tuesday."

  • On Trump's health care tweet: "The president hasn't changed his thinking at all... We're looking at every possible option for repealing and replacing ObamaCare."
  • On Medicaid cuts: "The priority is to protect everyone who is covered now, not throw anyone off."
  • Easy access to guns in Chicago: Crime in Chicago "is probably driven by morality more than anything else."
  • On steel tariffs: "No, at this point the president has not made a final decision."
  • EO on Space Council: Sanders closed the briefing early so she could attend Trump's signing of a space council executive order.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

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.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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