Apr 12, 2017

Trump won't touch tax reform until healthcare passes

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Healthcare before tax reform: President Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that he won't start working on tax reform until the administration passes a new healthcare bill. "It's been very much misreported that we failed with healthcare. We haven't failed, we're negotiating," said Trump. (He's been saying "health care first" for weeks, but this shows he's not budging from that line, even as the House GOP bill remains completely stalled.)

Deadline for a new tax bill: Trump said he won't set a deadline on tax reform, since the media attacked him when the GOP missed the healthcare deadline, but "it's coming soon." He also noted that tax reform will "be tough" to pass, "but it won't be as tough as healthcare."

Border adjustment tax semantics: "I don't like the word 'adjustment'... when I hear border adjustment it means we lose," said Trump. But he is open to a border tax, "let's call it an import tax, a reciprocal tax... I love the idea of reciprocal, or a mirror tax... when you say reciprocal nobody fights you."

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

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.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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