Mike Bloomberg’s debate backfire could seal it for Bernie Sanders

Mike Bloomberg got into the 2020 race to stop Bernie Sanders and socialism. If he doesn’t bounce back from this week’s debate, he may seal the deal for both. Why it matters: Bloomberg’s own campaign has warned that Sanders could lock up the nomination in mere weeks, thanks to rivals splitting the opposition vote. But […]

Over 1,100 former DOJ officials call for Barr’s resignation

More than 1,100 former Justice Department officials who have served both Republican and Democratic administrations have signed onto a statement condemning Attorney General Bill Barr’s intervention in the sentencing of President Trump’s associate Roger Stone, arguing that his actions “require” him to resign. The big picture: Barr is facing widespread condemnation from Democrats for taking […]

Marie Yovanovitch: The State Department is in trouble

Marie Yovanovitch, the retired former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, used an award acceptance speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to criticize the Trump administration. “Right now, the State Department is in trouble. Senior leaders lack policy vision, moral clarity, leadership. The policy process has been replaced by decisions emanating from the top with […]

113 animal species need urgent help after Australia’s bushfires

113 animal species need an “emergency intervention” to help support their recovery after they lost at least 30% of their habitat to Australia’s bushfires — and many lost substantially more than that. Details: That’s according to a report released by Australia’s Environment Department, which consulted a panel of experts to identify species in need of […]

14% of Americans struggle to pay medical bills

The number of people struggling to pay medical bills has fallen by 5.5 percentage points since 2011, but more than 14% of Americans still had problems in 2018, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why it matters: “Families with problems paying medical bills may experience serious financial consequences, […]

Sinn Féin, party formerly linked to IRA, virtually ties for first in Irish elections

Ireland’s three most popular parties — Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin — each received around 22% of the vote in Saturday’s parliamentary elections, according to exit polling reported by AP. Why it matters: Since no party is projected to win enough seats to govern, someone will likely have to form a coalition. Fine […]

Trump administration uses private data for immigration and border enforcement

The Trump administration is using private data to monitor immigration and the border, thanks to a massive database of cellphone records it purchased from private vendors. Why it matters: Experts are concerned about the scale and use of the data, even if it appears to be on firm legal footing, the Wall Street Journal reports. […]

The coronavirus is becoming a global economic threat

The coronavirus has the potential to be as damaging to the global economy as the U.S.-China trade war, economists tell Axios, and if not contained could wreak havoc on businesses across the globe, with great uncertainty over how bad things could get. Why it matters: The epicenter of the virus is China, which is now […]