Feb 7, 2018

Tillerson: Russia meddling in U.S. ahead of midterms

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo: Hector Vivas / Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that Russia is already trying to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, per Fox News. The secretary, who is on a South American diplomatic tour, spoke to Fox News in Bogota, Colombia and said, “The point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that."

Tillerson is taking his warning one step further than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who said last month that he has "every expectation" the Russians will try to meddle in the midterm elections in the U.S.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

The Americans who can't hide from coronavirus

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The stock markets are in bad shape, but for the millions of Americans who aren’t invested in stocks, coronavirus is presenting a far more imminent concern.

Why it matters: Quarantines usually work with at least 90% participation, but many Americans lack the flexibility to work remotely, take a sick day or absorb having schools close.

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Wall Street notches worst week for stocks since 2008

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Stocks closed down about 1% on Friday, ending the worst week for Wall Street since the financial crisis.

Why it matters: The stretch of declines came after a spike in coronavirus cases around the world earlier this week. The steep losses prompted questions about the fate of the record-long economic expansion, as well as a rare statement from the Federal Reserve.

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