Mar 30, 2019

U.S. cuts off federal aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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The U.S. is cutting off federal aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in response to what President Trump described as incoming migrant caravans from those countries, per a State Department spokesperson, reports CNN.

The big picture: This announcement comes the day after Trump threatened to shut down "large sections" of the U.S.-Mexico border unless Mexico "immediately" stops "all illegal immigration." Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed a regional compact agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras reportedly "aimed at preventing irregular migration, combating criminal organizations and ultimately helping with US border security," per CNN.

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Coronavirus updates: CDC monitoring 4 presumptive positive cases in western U.S.

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.

State public health authorities are monitoring four new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus as of late Friday evening, per the CDC. California is evaluating a second possible instance of community spread as Oregon announced its first possible case. Washington state has two presumptive cases, only one of which is likely travel-related.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,900 people and infected more than 85,000 others in over 60 countries and territories outside the epicenter in mainland China. The number of new cases reported outside China now exceed those inside the country.

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Bernie Sanders is trying to rebrand socialism in the U.S., but he'll have to overcome common fears about what the word means — fears the Trump campaign is watching and waiting to exploit.

Why it matters: Sanders may face a major challenge in convincing Americans in their 40s or older that there's a meaningful difference between what he supports, described as democratic socialism, and the authoritarian socialism that we've seen in regimes like Venezuela.