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Trump Stresses Need To Reopen America While Continuing To Fight The Coronavirus

Updated at 8:03 p.m. ET

President Trump stressed what he called the need to re-open America for business on Monday even as he said the government also would continue tackling the spiraling coronavirus pandemic.

The White House’s team will make an assessment after next week as to how effective social distancing and other mitigation measures have been in stifling the spread of the virus, said Vice President Mike Pence.

It’s possible at that time that Washington could lift some of the restrictions that have paralyzed the economy, Trump and Pence suggested, but they offered no guarantees and the details weren’t clear.

Trump said he didn’t know when life would get back to normal but it would be “a lot sooner than three or four months,” and he didn’t want the pandemic to disrupt the nation so badly that today’s economic foundering curdles into a depression.

“We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump said.

Trump has come under pressure to at least give a date by which life might start to get back to normal. The isolation, quarantines and closures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus have crippled many sectors of the economy.…

After The Nevada Caucuses, Bernie Sanders Is The Man To Beat

The 2020 Democratic nomination is now Sen. Bernie Sanders’ to lose.

The independent from Vermont ⁠— who is running as a Democrat and often speaks about the ills not just of Republicans, but also of Democrats ⁠— handily won the Nevada Democratic caucuses.

And he did it by broadening his coalition beyond his base of young voters and progressives. Sanders won the popular vote in Iowa, the New Hampshire primary and now the Nevada caucuses. The man who calls himself a democratic socialist and has been seemingly running as an outsider all his life is now the inside man.

More on Sanders and the other candidates in these six takeaways:

1. Sanders expands his base.

One of the major question marks for Sanders coming into Nevada was whether he could win with more than just his core base, which fueled his winning a quarter of the vote in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Well, on Saturday, he did that.

Sanders won not only with voters under 30 and people who identify as very liberal, but also with men, women, Hispanics (overwhelmingly), voters 45 to 64 and people with and without college degrees, according to polls conducted as voters entered caucus …

Sanders Projected To Win Nevada Caucuses, Solidifying Front-Runner Status

Updated at 8:48 p.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses, according to an Associated Press projection.

The win gives Sanders victories in two of the first three states to weigh in on the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. His other win was in New Hampshire, and he also ended in a near-tie atop the still-muddled Iowa caucuses.

“In Nevada, we have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition, which is going to not only win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country,” Sanders boasted at a rally in San Antonio, Texas, shortly after news outlets reported his caucus win.

Sanders now has the clear momentum, and an inside edge among the crowded field of candidates, going into a critical stretch where the bulk of delegates will be awarded. It’s a remarkable position for a longtime political outsider who still has not officially joined the Democratic Party.

At a different campaign event in Texas earlier in the day, Sanders made a point to respond to critics of the central policy proposal driving his candidacy — “Medicare for All.”

“The idea of universal health care is not a radical idea!” Sanders insisted.

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor …

WATCH LIVE: Impeachment Trial Moves To Question Phase, While Witness Vote Looms

Updated at 12:57 p.m.

President Trump’s impeachment trial moves Wednesday to its next phase: written questions from senators.

For up to 16 hours spread over two days, senators from both parties will submit questions to House managers prosecuting the case as well as Trump’s defense lawyers; U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, will read the questions aloud on the floor of the chamber.

Watch the proceedings live when the begin at 1 p.m. ET.

This step in the proceedings comes a day after the president’s legal team rested in its defense of Trump. Democratic House managers made their case last week on why the president should be removed from office. Trump was impeached last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

During the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, senators asked more than 150 questions over two days.

Republicans and Democrats reached a deal in which the parties will take turns asking questions for up to eight hours Wednesday. The same rules and duration for questions has been allotted for Thursday.

Among those who be watching the session Wednesday is Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Lev Parnas, the former …

Trump Team Vows To Deflate Democrats’ Case As 1st Week Of Impeachment Trial Wraps

President Trump’s accusers fell far short of proving wrongdoing or the case for removing him from office, defense attorneys told senators on Saturday as they opened their portion of the impeachment trial.

The presentation by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his colleagues follows three days of opening arguments from House Democratic managers and marks the end of the first week of Trump’s impeachment trial.

The defense team promised to eviscerate the Democrats’ arguments with their own evidence and said the bottom line is simply that Democrats and much of officialdom hate Trump.

The case for removing a president for the first time in history and “tearing up the ballots of all the states” must be unquestionable, Cipollone said, and here, it isn’t.

“They’re asking you to do what no Senate has ever done — and they’re asking you to do it with no evidence. And that’s wrong,” Cipollone said.

He and Trump’s other lawyers used the shorter weekend Senate session on Saturday to run what they called “coming attractions” for their defense of the president in the coming week.

But Cipollone, lawyer Mike Purpura and Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said they could dismantle the House impeachment managers’ case …

Trump Did ‘Nothing Wrong,’ His Legal Team Says In First Day Of Impeachment Defense

Updated at 12:06 p.m. ET

President Trump “did absolutely nothing wrong,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Saturday, as lawyers representing the president got their first shot to poke holes in the impeachment case made this week by Democrats.

Saturday’s proceedings, which lasted a little more than two hours, set up the White House arguments in the impeachment trial. The proceedings resume Monday at 1 p.m.

The president’s team told senators that the House managers selectively withheld evidence in their arguments against the president.

Cipollone said House managers, who concluded their arguments late Friday, “are asking you to remove President Trump” from the 2020 ballot and “they’re asking you to do it with no evidence.” He said the managers “didn’t tell you” that the issue of burden sharing — getting other nations to contribute more to Ukraine’s defense — was discussed in the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. That call is at the heart of the charges against the president.

Deputy White House counsel Mike Purpura continued that theme, reiterating that House managers “didn’t tell you” that top Ukrainian officials were unaware that U.S. aid was being withheld from Ukraine until a Politico article in …