Aug 24, 2018

Trump responds to Sessions' blowback

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President Trump responded Friday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statement pushing back on Trump for belittling him in a Fox News interview. Trump, in back-to-back tweets, directed Sessions to "look into all of the corruption on the 'other' side," and prodded him by saying, "Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!"

Be smart: Following Trump and Sessions' war of words yesterday, the two had an awkward meeting at the White House, during which they didn't say a word about their confrontation, a source with direct knowledge told Axios. And while Trump has an aversion to in-person confrontation, he seems to have no problem going after others from behind his phone.

And later... Trump, responding to the news that the leaker of an NSA Russian hacking report, Reality Winner, was sentenced to 5 years, called on Sessions to go after Hillary Clinton, too:

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Making sense of the UN's coronavirus climate conference delay

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The scuttling of November's pivotal UN climate conference is the starkest sign yet of how coronavirus is throwing a wrench into efforts to combat global warming. But like the wider relationship between the coronavirus and climate initiatives, the ramifications are ... complicated.

Driving the news: UN officials announced Wednesday that the annual summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, is postponed until some unknown time next year.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 952,171 — Total deaths: 48,320 — Total recoveries: 202,541Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 216,722 — Total deaths: 5,137 — Total recoveries: 8,672Map.
  3. Stimulus updates: Social Security recipients won't need to file a tax return to receive their checks.
  4. Jobs update: 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, a staggering number that eclipses the record set on March 26.
  5. Health updates: The Trump administration won't reopen enrollment for ACA marketplaces this year.
  6. National updates: The Grand Canyon closed after a resident tested positive for coronavirus.
  7. World update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-entered self-quarantine after his health minister tested positive for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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The weirdest NBA draft ever

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The 2020 NBA draft was already shaping up to be the weirdest draft in years, and now that the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the sports world, it could be the weirdest draft ever.

Why it matters: While most drafts have a clear hierarchy by the time April rolls around, this draft does not. There's no reliable No. 1 pick, almost every top-10 prospect has a glaring weakness and the global sports hiatus has shrouded the whole class in mystery.

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