May 9, 2019

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame to run for Congress in New Mexico

Valerie Plame (center) attends the 2015 premiere of "Secrecy And Power." Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame announced a 2020 congressional run in New Mexico's 3rd congressional district on Thursday.

The big picture: She will run as a Democrat, citing health care access and prescription drug costs as primary reasons behind her run in her announcement. Plame, who first expressed interest in a run last month, had her identity as a CIA operative made public after a leak in 2003 under the George W. Bush administration to attack her ex-husband Joe Wilson.

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A closer look at how colleges can reopen

The campus of Brown University. Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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As the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in China, it's becoming clear that its targets for the phase one trade deal with the U.S. are unrealistic and there is so far no sign of a plan for renegotiation.

What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."