Mar 6, 2019

Trump nominates Jessie Liu for Justice Dept.’s No. 3 spot

Jessie Liu. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

President Trump will nominate Jessie Liu — who currently serves as the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia — to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department, the White House announced Tuesday evening.

Details: If confirmed by the Senate, Liu would become the Justice Department’s No. 3 official and oversee the agency's civil litigation, including antitrust and civil rights matters. She previously worked the Justice Department during George W. Bush's administration. Following Rachel Brand's resignation last February, this position has gone unfilled. In a separate statement, Attorney General William Barr said he recommended Liu’s nomination.

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More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

Data: Axios reporting; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

New Yorker wearing a homemade face covering. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The White House announced that the CDC is recommending Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said at a press briefing on Friday — emphasizing the guidance is "voluntary."

Why it matters: The use of face coverings could stop people who have the virus, whether they have symptoms or not, from spreading it further when they go out in public.

Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.