Oct 31, 2017

White House: "Most Americans don't care" much about Russia probe

Sanders takes questions during a press briefing at the White House. Photo; Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the media is "completely obsessed" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but "most Americans don't care too much." Mueller's probe has shown "more and more there is no...collusion with Russia," she said.

The media wants to push that the White House is "racially charged and divided," Sanders said. She added that many historians agree with Chief of Staff John Kelly's claim that the Civil War was partially caused by lack of compromise between the North and the South.

  • On Sam Clovis's nomination to a federal post, given his involvement with George Papadopolous, who has pleaded guilty in the Russia probe: Sanders is "not aware" of a need to pull Clovis's nomination.
  • On Papadopoulos: "Papadopoulos is an example of somebody doing the wrong thing while the president's campaign did the right thing."
  • On tax reform's chances in Congress: "No matter how great the plan is," Democrats are "putting partisan politics ahead of their constituents' pocketbooks."
  • Sanders repeated the White House's disputed figure that the Trump's tax plan will give "the typical American family a $4000 pay raise."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Live updates: CDC confirms possible community spread of coronavirus

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.

U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor have contact with a confirmed case, the CDC said Tuesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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