Feb 3, 2017

WH Correspondents' Dinner gets political — fast

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The New Yorker is pulling out of its annual kickoff party at the W Hotel, per the NYT, and Vanity Fair has withdrawn from co-sponsoring the dinner's swankiest after-party known for its A-list guest list. Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair, said he canceled the event in rebuke to Trump.

What's next: The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have started the trend, and now other media companies will be asked whether they'll do the same. And last week, late-night comedian Samantha Bee announced she'll be hosting an alternative event the same night as the dinner, emphasizing that all journalists who have been dissed by Trump are welcome.

Trump, who was once brutally roasted by Obama at the dinner in the past, might just decide to just blow it off.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Protesters and police clash during demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd in custody outside the Third Police Precinct. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Minneapolis police clashed for a second night with protesters demonstrating the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody.

The latest: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted late Wednesday that the situation where the clashes were taking place was "extremely dangerous" as he urged people to leave the area. There were multiple news reports of police firing tear gas at protesters and of some people looting a Target store.

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers sue CVS, alleging drug pricing fraud

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Six Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers have sued CVS Health, alleging the pharmacy chain overcharged them based on "artificially inflated prices" for generic drugs and concealed the true cash prices of those drugs.

The big picture: CVS has faced legal scrutiny over its cash discount programs since 2015, and this lawsuit adds big names to a mounting problem.

World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand has only eight active novel coronavirus cases and no COVID-19 patients in hospital after another day of zero new infections. However, the death toll rose to 22.

Zoom in: A top health official told a briefing a 96-year-old woman "was regarded to having recovered from COVID-19 at the time of her death, and COVID-19 is not recorded as the primary cause of her death on her death certificate." But it was decided to include her in the overall tally of deaths related to the virus.