Mar 5, 2019

Senate Dems will use climate to mobilize millennials in 2020

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In the face of a Green New Deal vote due this month, Senate Democrats are preparing to make combating climate change a core issue of their 2020 campaigns, the New York Times' Coral Davenport and Sheryl Gay Stolberg report.

Why it matters: That's a "striking shift on an issue they have shied away from for the past decade," per the Times.

The big picture: Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is "trying to turn a weakness into a strength. He is planning daily floor speeches attacking Republicans for inaction," and will propose "a special Senate committee focused on the issue."

NYT Quote of the Day ... David Axelrod says climate change didn't resonate with voters at the start of the last administration:

  • "Now we’re a decade down the road, and the road is surrounded by floods and fires in a way that is becoming more and more visible."

Meanwhile: Some congressional Republicans are beginning to publicly acknowledge climate change and humanity's role in exacerbating its effects. A few are also contemplating policies to combat it— but these position shifts are unlikely to satisfy Democrats who want more aggressive policies, like the Green New Deal.

Go deeper: GOP coming back in from the cold on climate change

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.