Jan 31, 2019

Trump names judicial nominees for influential 9th Circuit

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The White House on Wednesday announced President Trump's slate of judicial nominees to serve on California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why it matters: The influential and mostly liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court, which oversees the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, has consistently thwarted many of the president’s signature policies. The court's most notable acts include blocking Trump's travel ban order, declining to delay an injunction to enforce the transgender military ban and ruling that the government cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities.

Driving the news: Axios' Alayna Treene reported earlier Wednesday that there has been growing scrutiny among conservatives who argue that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's negotiations with Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris were slowing the fast-paced confirmation process, which has yielded a record number of conservative federal judge appointments.

Details: The appeals court nominees include Daniel Collins, Kenneth Kiyul Lee and Patrick Bumatay. The nominees for district judgeships in California include Mark Scarsi, Jeremy Rosen, Stanley Blumenfeld and Patrick Bumatay.

Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement:

"We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the Ninth Circuit. ... In fact, we even identified candidates selected by the White House we could support to demonstrate our willingness to work cooperatively. Unfortunately, the White House is moving forward with three nominees to a circuit court who have no judicial experience."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,513,358 — Total deaths: 88,415 — Total recoveries: 329,329Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 430,376 — Total deaths: 14,739 — Total recoveries: 23,707Map.
  3. Federal government latest: Top Trump administration officials had been developing a plan to give cloth masks to huge numbers of Americans, but the idea lost traction amid heavy internal skepticism.
  4. States latest: New York has reported more cases than the most-affected countries in Europe. Chicago's Cook County jail is largest-known source of coronavirus in U.S.
  5. Business: One-third of U.S. jobs are at risk of disappearing, mostly affecting low-income workers.
  6. World: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to put politics aside "if you don’t want to have many more body bags.”
  7. Environment: COVID-19 is underscoring the connection between air pollution and dire outcomes from respiratory diseases.
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U.S. coronavirus updates: New York tops previous day's record death toll

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New York's death toll surged to its highest one-day total on Wednesday — beating the previous day's record. 779 people died in the state in 24 hours. The state has reported more cases than the most-affected countries in Europe.

Why it matters: Public health officials have warned this would be a particularly deadly week for America, even as New York began to see declining trends of hospitalizations and ICU admissions.

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The pandemic and pollution

New York City's skyline on a smoggy day in May 2019. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

COVID-19 is underscoring the connection between air pollution and dire outcomes from respiratory diseases.

Why it matters: Old-fashioned air pollution is almost certainly the single biggest environmental health threat, contributing to the deaths of some 7 million people a year according to the WHO, making it comparable to deaths from smoking.

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