Feb 6, 2017

Spicer: "Absolutely not" withdrawing the immigration executive order

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Sean Spicer had a quick gaggle with reporters on Monday as Trump flew home from Florida. He told them that Trump was "absolutely not" going to cancel the immigration executive order, and that they're not rethinking their strategy "at all."

"Once we win the case, it will go right back into action."

On other topics:

  • When asked for examples of terrorist attacks that were "under reported," Spicer promised a list later. And when asked for evidence of jihadis "pouring in" to the country, he said, "I'm not going to get into specific information that the president has."
  • Said the media is doing a lousy job covering the president; "a lot of those stories and success that he's had – in a mere two and a half weeks in office – aren't exactly covered to the degree to which they should be."
  • Pushback on stories saying Trump isn't in charge at the White House: "When it comes to decisions and policy, it's the president who leads. The president tells us how to implement it."

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Concern over coronavirus spread: Italy, South Korea and Iran report more cases

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 number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea, Italy and Iran jumped on Sunday as infections in mainland China continued to grow, the latest figures show.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures amid rising case numbers, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

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Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

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Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a boost for Biden, who's widely tipped to be endorsed by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday, ahead of this week's South Carolina primary.

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