Jun 14, 2017

Trump moves to return Democrat to the FCC

Rosenworcel with now-FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Federal Communications Commission photo via Flickr)

The White House said late on Tuesday night that President Trump plans to nominate former Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to return to the FCC. She'll need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Why it matters: Rosenworcel would fill one of the two spots on the five-member commission that can't go to a Republican under the law. A fight over the failed re-nomination of Rosenworcel last Congress has also impeded telecom policy making in the Senate. Republican Brendan Carr is expected to be nominated for the open Republican slot, according to multiple sources, and they'll likely be confirmed as a pair. The make-up of the 5-seat Commission has big implications for major impending policy decisions — most notably effort to roll back net neutrality rules.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

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 World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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