Updated Jan 10, 2018

America's most powerful CEOs urge Congress to get DACA done

The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Uber and General Motors all signed the letter. Photos: Getty Images

In a letter to congressional leadership, 115 CEOs and business leaders — including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Meg Whitman, Mary Barra, Stephen Schwarzman and Dara Khosrowshahi — urged lawmakers to pass legislation to protect Dreamers by January 19th, the government's spending deadline.

"The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country," they wrote.

The backdrop: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that any DACA deal would be separate from efforts to fund the government. And President Trump said Wednesday that he won't sign a DACA bill that does not include funding for a border wall — a deal-breaker for many Democrats.

The timing of the letter and sheer number of major business leaders signing onto it are both important, as budget and DACA negotiations are coming down to the most critical moments, Axios' Mike Allen notes. He reports that the letter will run as a full-page ad in major newspapers.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wanted to keep his momentum after winning contests in New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hoped to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates were just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination were in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They spoke, sometimes over each other, about health care, Russian interference in the election, foreign policy the economy, gun control, marijuana, education, and race.

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Coronavirus spreads to Africa as U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive

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.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive to the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak spreads to more countries.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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Bloomberg denies telling a pregnant employee to "kill it"

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Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the debate stage Tuesday denied telling a former employee to terminate her pregnancy.

Catch up quick: Per the Washington Post, a former saleswoman has alleged workplace discrimination against Bloomberg and his company and says Bloomberg told her to "kill it" when he learned she was pregnant. Bloomberg denied the allegation under oath and entered a confidential settlement with the woman.