Feb 13, 2018

The Senate immigration debate can't even get off the ground

Chuck Schumer (left) and Mitch McConnell (right). Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested today that the immigration debate begin with a bill on sanctuary cities. Sen. Chuck Schumer objected, suggesting they start with the bill proposed by seven Republicans based on President Trump’s immigration priorities or the bipartisan proposal by Sens. Chris Coons and John McCain.

Why it matters: The fight has started before the debate has even begun. You can expect a lot more partisan bickering over what to include and which amendments to accept in the final Senate immigration bill.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 785,979 — Total deaths: 37,810 — Total recoveries: 165,889.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 164,539 — Total deaths: 3,164 — Total recoveries: 5,896.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
  5. Business latest: Ford and General Electric aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
  7. What should I do? Answers 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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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll tops 3,000

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

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus has now surpassed 3,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The state of play: The U.S. had by Monday night recorded more than 163,000 positive cases — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins. The COVID-19 death toll stood at 3,008. The number of recoveries had risen to more than 5,800.

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Two major Dem groups back Biden with 9-figure campaign

Joe Biden giving remarks in Delaware on March 12. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Two major outside Democratic groups launched a general election partnership to boost Joe Biden's presidential campaign with polling, opposition research and ads.

Why it matters: This is significant support — financially and in terms of resources — to get at a time when the coronavirus has pushed the election to the back burner for the country.