Apr 28, 2017

Spicer doesn't want you to worry about N. Korea

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Sean Spicer told Reuters' Jeff Mason Friday that he doesn't think Americans should be worried that Trump said the U.S. could be headed for a "major, major conflict" with North Korea:

"The president understands the threat... we're having tremendous success utilizing China to diplomatically use the pressure they have with Korea, both economically and politically, to our advantage. That's a result of the relationship President Trump built with President Xi."
  • On health care vote: "We feel very good, we're not going to try to push this, we're going to do this when the votes are there and the votes are coming every day."
  • Trump's 100 days: "We've made a lot of progress, he's made a lot of headway... but this idea of judging a presidency by his first 100 days... it's really an artificial deadline... we're proud of what we've done, but we want to make it clear we've got 8, 7 plus years to go."
  • On being Trump's spokesman: "It's not a quiet existence," laughed Spicer. "The president gets up early and goes to bed late... and he expects the same of his staff... I think we all struggle to keep up with him."
  • On having regrets: "Of course I have regrets," said Spicer. "I have spent my life, whether it was in the military or on the civilian side, looking at an event like 'How can you make a good event better? How can you take an event that didn't go so well better?... We look back on a daily basis, we're constantly re-evaluating."
  • How does he relax? "Ha! I'm not sure I do."

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Sanders: "While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not"

Addressing his supporters via livestream after suspending his campaign, Bernie Sanders congratulated Joe Biden on his presumptive victory in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary while making clear that his fight for progressive ideas will not end with his candidacy.

What he's saying: "While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.' The fight for justice is what our campaign has been about. The fight for justice is what our movement remains about."

Fed temporarily lifts Wells Fargo's growth restrictions

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The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will temporarily lift Wells Fargo’s growth restrictions, which were put in place following the bank’s customer abuse scandals.

Why it matters: The Fed’s only reason for lifting the cap is so Wells Fargo can dole out more loans to struggling small businesses as part of the government’s coronavirus aid package. Earlier this week, the bank said it could only lend a total of $10 billion, thanks to Fed restrictions that it can’t grow its assets beyond $1.95 trillion.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 1,450,343 — Total deaths: 83,568 — Total recoveries: 308,617Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 399,979 — Total deaths: 12,912 — Total recoveries: 22,539Map.
  3. Business updates: Roughly one-third of U.S. apartment renters didn't make April payments.
  4. Federal government latest: The U.S. has begun to see "glimmers of hope" despite its highest recorded number of deaths in 24 hours, Anthony Fauci said.
  5. Public health latest: Surgeon General Jerome Adams highlighted the disproportionate impact the illness is having on African-American communities.
  6. World latest: Indians look to Taiwan amid China's coronavirus missteps
  7. 🚌 Public transit: Systems across the country are experiencing ridership collapse, squeezed funding streams and slow recovery from the pandemic.
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