Sep 21, 2017

Trump tax talking points highlight Dem senator

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senators. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

White House talking points sent internally and to surrogates regarding the Trump administration's tax reform plan claims that it is "an important bipartisan strategy" and highlights Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's work on this issue. The details:

  • "Democrats have a long track record of backing" tax reform. The talking points mention Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer's calls to lower the corporate tax rate.
  • Sen. Heitkamp is "committed to fixing our broken tax code, and making sure it encourages workers, their families, and our businesses."
  • In 2012, Sen. Heitkamp said "Congress 'too often settles' for 'gimmicks and fixes' on taxes, while she pushes for 'corporate income tax reform.'"

Between the lines: The majority of the points reference lowering the corporate tax rate, which is a staple of the admin's reform plan, as seen in details from previous talking points obtained by Axios.

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Older candidates take the lead on social media

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Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray.

The big picture: President Trump's unexpected rise to political power has shown Democrats and world leaders the power of harnessing popular internet culture to get elected.

South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

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 has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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