Jan 26, 2017

Trump's wall nears reality with McConnell budget estimates

Paul Ryan told Greta Van Susteren last night that he's prepared to shell out $8-14 billion for Trump's wall.

Now Mitch McConnell is there as well, with an extra billion in potential outlay:

The two leaders declined to say whether the expenditure will add to the deficit.

Why it matters: Multiple independent studies have estimated that $15B won't cover the cost of the wall, and while Trump claims he'll get Mexico to pay us back, the Mexicans have repeatedly told him no.

Go deeper

The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

Go deeperArrow3 mins ago - World

Experimental coronavirus vaccine to be tested on humans

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The vaccine that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and drugmaker Moderna have been developing to combat the coronavirus is ready to be tested on humans, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Wall Street Journal.

The state of play: The rapidly developed vaccine will be tested on 20–25 healthy volunteers in April to determine whether two doses will be safe and generate an immune response to protect against infection. Results will be available in July or August, Fauci told WSJ.