Oct 29, 2018

NJ Star-Ledger to voters: "Choke down" doubts and vote for Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The editorial board of New Jersey’s largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger, endorsed embattled Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s re-election bid on Sunday, telling voters that while the “race presents the most depressing choice for New Jersey voters in a generation,” they should “choke down their reluctance and vote for Menendez.”

The details: Despite being indicted on corruption charges in 2015, which were later dropped after a judge declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury, the board concluded that Menendez will be far better than his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, at safeguarding voters against President Trump. "The question is which candidate can best fight Trump's toxic policies, his grotesque appeals to racial and ethnic tribalism, and his corrosive attacks on the pillars of our democracy, starting with the rule of law," the endorsement reads. Meanwhile, the Cook Political Report rated this race a toss-up on Friday.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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South Korea and Italy see spikes in coronavirus 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 novel coronavirus has spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting these are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the United States.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel and Lebanon, while Iran reported its sixth death from the virus. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 Friday to 433 on Saturday and Italy's case count rose from 3 to 62 by Saturday.

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America's rundown roads add to farmers' struggles

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American farmers are struggling to safely use the roads that cut through their fields; decades of neglect and lack of funding have made the routes dangerous.

The big picture: President Trump has long promised to invest billions in rural infrastructure, and his latest proposal would allocate $1 trillion for such projects. Rural America, where many of Trump's supporters live, would see a large chunk of that money.