Feb 6, 2018

Sarah Sanders: Trump "isn't looking for" a shutdown

Sarah Sanders during the White House press briefing on January 17. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that President Trump "isn't looking for" a shutdown, despite the president saying about an hour earlier that he'd "love to see" one. "The only people that have caused a shutdown are the Democrats," said Sanders.

Why it matters: The government runs out of money at midnight Thursday if Congress fails to pass a funding bill. They could pass another short-term bill, extending their time to hash out their differences, but Sanders said Trump is looking for a long-term deal.

More from the briefing:

  • Sanders said the Nunes memo "clearly vindicates" the President, reiterating Trump's Saturday comments.
  • The Democrats' rebuttal memo will "go through the exact same process" that the Republican memo went through before it's publication.
  • On Trump saying Democrats were treasonous during the State of the Union: "Democrats are going to have to make a decision on this really soon: Do they hate this president more than they love this country? I hope the answer is no."

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How to understand the scale of American job decimation

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics via St. Louis Fed; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Sentence from a nightmare: 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, a decline from the previous week's 6.9 million.

The big picture: Over the past three weeks, 1 in 10 working-age adults filed for unemployment, Axios' Courtenay Brown notes.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 1,579,690 — Total deaths: 94,567 — Total recoveries: 346,780Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 452,582 — Total deaths: 16,129 — Total recoveries: 24,790Map.
  3. Public health latest: U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under coronavirus public health orderDr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  4. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — Another 6.6 million jobless claims were filed last week.
  5. World latest: Boris Johnson is moved out of ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus.
  6. In Congress: Senate in stalemate over additional funding for small business relief program.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers 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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Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.