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Scientist who simulated the global impact of a coronavirus outbreak says ‘the cat’s already out of the bag’ and calls China’s efforts to contain the disease ‘unlikely to be effective’

Eric Toner is a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and was a part of a simulation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, that posited such a disease could kill 65 million people within 18 months.

8:11 a.m. Today
‘The president did absolutely nothing wrong’: Trump’s lawyers kick off impeachment defense

President Donald Trump’s lawyers began delivering their opening arguments in his historic impeachment trial on Saturday, telling senators the president “did absolutely nothing wrong” and charging that Democrats are trying to keep the Republican off the ballot in the upcoming election.

4:45 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
Inside the horrific, inhumane animal markets behind pandemics like coronavirus

The market at the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China sold live animals — including wolf pups, foxes, rats and peacocks, as well as crocodiles, giant salamanders, snakes, porcupines, and camel meat.

3:47 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
Here’s the ‘dirty little secret’ the superrich of Davos are keeping to themselves

The Hoover Institution’s Niall Ferguson shares his thoughts on the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting.

12:53 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
U.S. plans to evacuate Americans with charter flight from epidemic stricken Wuhan

The U.S. government is arranging a charter flight Sunday to evacuate its citizens and diplomats from the epidemic-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan to the U.S.

11:13 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020
Republican senators told their heads ‘will be on a pike’ if they vote against Trump: report

The alleged threat during the impeachment trial stoked strong reactions on Twitter

10:28 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020
Who knows more about economics: Steven Mnuchin or Greta Thunberg?

A guy who still insists that the 2017 tax cut ‘will pay for itself’ should not be lecturing anyone — even a 17-year-old —about economics.

9:45 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020
What the Republican senators considered the most moderate are saying about calling witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee are getting attention as an important step in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial nears.

8:54 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020
The road ahead for the U.S. economy looks pretty clear, but a few potholes are looming

Sometimes it helps to look in the rear-view mirror to see what lies ahead for U.S. economy. And what it shows is a open road with just a few potholes.

8:00 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020
Trump bemoans ‘Death Valley’ TV time slot for his defense team

President Donald Trump complained Friday about the timing of his legal team’s defense in his impeachment trial, saying it will occupy time during TV’s “Death Valley” on Saturday.

4:13 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
George Soros explains how democracy can overcome authoritarian nationalism

Our best hope against authoritarianism lies in access to quality education that reinforces the autonomy of the individual by cultivating critical thinking and emphasizing intellectual freedom, writes investor and philanthropist George Soros.

3:47 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
Trump heard saying he wanted Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch gotten rid of, ABC reports

ABC News reports that it has reviewed a recording that appears to capture President Donald Trump telling his associates he wanted Marie Yovanovitch, the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, fired.

2:06 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
These states had the lowest unemployment rates in 2019. What about swing states?

The unemployment rose in 2019 in a few key states critical to President Trump’s reelection, but joblessness fell in most of the country as the U.S. finished the year with the lowest level of layoffs in 50 years.

1:53 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
Why Trump appeals to so many Catholics and evangelicals

Many religious Catholics and evangelical Protestants support Donald Trump even though he has not led a pious life.

1:44 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
U.S. manufacturing PMI at 3-month low in January

The IHS Markit flash purchasing managers index fell to 51.7, a 3-month low in January.

11:09 a.m. Jan. 24, 2020
Lord Mandelson refuses to back any of the candidates in the U.K. Labour Party’s leadership race

The peer, who is attending the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland and is the chairman of strategic advisory firm Global Counsel, refused to back any specific candidate.

8:14 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020
‘We’re all on a digital detox’: How senators are handling device withdrawal during the Trump impeachment trial

Most people could benefit from unplugging more, research shows

6:58 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020
Constitution is ‘not a suicide pact’ that leaves Americans ‘stuck’ with Trump, Nadler says

As House Democrats pressed their case in the second day of arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the head of the House Judiciary Committee said the country isn’t obligated by its defining legal document to keep him in power.

3:57 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020
From this angle it sure appears as if Prince Charles snubbed Mike Pence

Trump critics absolutely love it when world leaders diss the president, and they were relishing what they thought was another opportunity on Thursday to cackle at the White House’s expense. But were they mistaken?

2:35 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020
Share of union workers in the U.S. falls to a record low in 2019

The percentage of American workers in unions fell to a record low in 2019, extending a long slide that began in the 1970s.

2:21 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020
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