Aug 23, 2018

Giuliani says Trump sought legal advice on Manafort pardon "weeks ago"

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said the president sought legal advice on a potential pardon for former campaign manager Paul Manafort "several weeks ago" but was advised against it, Giuliani told the Washington Post in an interview.

Why it matters: Giuliani's statement confirms that Trump had shown interest in pardoning Manafort after he was found guilty of financial crimes. The president had previously mentioned a pardon as a possibility for his former campaign manager in a tweet but did not explain he inquired about the legality of the option. Go deeper: All the president's guilty men

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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 continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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