Dec 19, 2017

Trump wanted to pull Gorsuch nomination: report

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President Trump was so angry at Neil Gorsuch's criticism that he threatened to rescind Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, the Washington Post reports, citing 11 people familiar with the episode. Trump was reportedly furious about Gorsuch telling a Democratic senator that Trump's attacks on the federal judiciary were "disheartening" and "demoralizing."

Why it matters: The Post reports it's "unclear" whether Trump would actually go through on his threat to scuttle the nomination but some Republicans in Congress and the administration "feared that Gorsuch's confirmation — which had been shaping up to be one of the clearest triumph's of Trump's tumultuous young presidency — was on the verge of going awry."

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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 continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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