May 23, 2018

Senate reaches agreement to curb sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Senators Roy Blunt and Amy Klobuchar, the heads of the Senate Rules Committee, have come to a conclusion about reform on reporting sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, NBC reports, that could eliminate the "cooling off period" before a victim's sexual complaint can move forward and require lawmakers "to personally pay out of pocket for any settlement reached."

Why it matters: Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement, Congress has been a focal point in calling for change in how sexual harassment is reported. There hasn't been a time set for a vote, but Sen. Blunt said it "would be great if we could get this done before the Memorial Day break."

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Live updates: CDC confirms possible community spread of coronavirus

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.

The CDC reported on Wednesday the first case of the novel coronavirus in a person in the U.S. who did not recently return from a foreign country or have contact with a confirmed case.

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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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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