Jul 27, 2017

Sessions: Trump's comments were "kind of hurtful"

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Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson Tonight will air an exclusive interview with beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who checked in from a gang violence discussion in El Salvador to discuss his place in the White House's palace intrigue.

The key quote on Trump's criticism: "It's kind of hurtful but the President of the United States is a strong leader… he wants us all to do our job and that's what I intend to do."

Why it matters: At least for the time being, Sessions is indicating that he's not planning on going anywhere — meaning Trump will have to fire him in order to oust him. Should Trump decide to go down that path, he'll open himself up to actual, sustained criticism from Republican lawmakers, who have begun to circle their wagons around Sessions.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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 novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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