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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. stocks opened lower on Friday morning, following news early on Friday that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

By the numbers: The S&P 500 fell 1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 400 points (or 1.6%), while the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.5%. The declines

The big picture: Asian stocks were also fell — including in Japan, which closed down 0.8% after the announcement, despite spending much of the day trading up, per the New York Times.

  • European stocks also opened over 1% lower in early trading.

What they're saying: "Markets hate uncertainty and this ticks all those boxes," said Asia Pacific with Oanda Corp. senior market analyst Jeffrey Halley, told Bloomberg.

  • "Not because of the President alone, but because this potentially means it has spread to the upper-level echelons of the government in the U.S."

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  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
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Barbados becomes a republic, replacing U.K. queen with president

Combination images of Dame Sandra Mason, president of Barbados, and Britain's Prince Charles at her swearing-in ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, late Monday.

Barbados officially became a republic at midnight local time after Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's first president in a ceremony attended by the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Why it matters: Mason replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state Tuesday — removing the country's final remaining colonial tie to the U.K. almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in Barbados.

Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.