Mar 14, 2017

Tillerson faces his own email controversy

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Back when he was Exxon's CEO, secretary of State Rex Tillerson apparently used an alias ("Wayne Tracker") in emails discussing climate change, according to Bloomberg, which cites a court filing from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is probing whether Exxon misled investors and the public about the effects of climate change on its business.

Why it matters: Basically anything involving a secretary of State and emails (think Hillary Clinton) is bound to attract interest. And if this story founds familiar ... years ago conservatives pilloried Obama's first EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, over her use of a secondary email account under the name "Richard Windsor."

Exxon fights back: In a late Monday statement, the company said Tillerson's main corporate address got tons of messages. The address was used for "secure and expedited" communications on a "broad range" of business topics, not just climate change.

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Japan to close schools through late March to control coronavirus outbreak

A couple takes photos in front of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the government will ask elementary, middle and high schools around the country to close until late March as an attempt to contain its novel coronavirus outbreak, AP reports.

Why it matters: The government's decision — impacting 12.8 million students across 34,847 schools — comes as concerns mount about the spread of the virus in Japan, which has 189 confirmed cases and hundreds more abroad the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

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A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

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 is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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