May 7, 2018

U.S. delegation for Jerusalem embassy opening doesn't include Trump

'US Embassy' sign in Arona neighborhood in Jerusalem. Photo: Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The White House announced tonight the presidential delegation to the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, and President Trump's name was not on the list.

Between the lines: The statement referred to "Jerusalem, Israel" – a sign of Trump's December 6th 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Until today the U.S. government only referred to Jerusalem without stating if it is part of Israel or not.

  • According to the White House statement: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will lead the delegation, joined by Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman and the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
  • The U.S. delegation will arrive in Israel on May 13th to participate in a festive reception Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold to all international guests. The delegation will leave on May 15th.

The Jerusalem municipality added road signs today guiding in the direction of the new embassy, and the U.S. embassy in Tel-Aviv twitter handle was changed today to the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

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Hungary's Viktor Orbán granted sweeping powers amid coronavirus crisis

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Hungary's parliament passed a law Monday to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orbán almost unlimited power, for an indefinite period, to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Why it matters: Hungary has taken a sharply authoritarian turn over the past decade under Orbán, and its likely that he and other strongman leaders around the world will seek to maintain powers they gain during the current crisis long after it's over.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 a.m. ET: 737,929 — Total deaths: 35,019 — Total recoveries: 156,507.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 a.m. ET: 143,055 — Total deaths: 2,513 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. Trump latest: The president brushed aside allegations that China is spreading misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus on "Fox & Friends."
  5. Business updates: Americans are calm about their retirement savings despite coronavirus fallout.
  6. World updates: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will self-isolate after an aide tested positive for coronavirus.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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BIG3 to create a hybrid reality show about quarantine basketball

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Sports are on pause, and there's no timetable for their return. In the interim, leagues, teams and athletes are getting creative with ways to keep fans engaged.

The latest: A "quarantined reality show basketball tournament," courtesy of the BIG3, the upstart 3-on-3 basketball league founded by Ice Cube and his longtime business partner Jeff Kwatinetz.

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