May 9, 2017

The 'Jimmy Kimmel test': Cassidy vs. Kimmel

A week after his emotional monologue about his newborn son's heart defect, Jimmy Kimmel had a strikingly serious interview last night with Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the Republicans who's trying to steer his party toward a more moderate health care plan. Cassidy has pledged to make sure any bill passes "the Jimmy Kimmel test," but Kimmel grilled him on what that should actually mean:

  • Cassidy: It should lower premiums so middle-class people can afford them (he acknowledged that the House bill doesn't). Also: "You have to have a health care program that not only works for the patient, but works for the taxpayer."
  • Kimmel: "Since I am Jimmy Kimmel, I'd like to make a suggestion as to what the Jimmy Kimmel test should be ... No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it."

Kimmel on how to pay for it: "Don't give a huge tax cut to millionaires like me."

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

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.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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