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January 8, 2013

41,880
Cases of whooping cough reported in 2012, the worst in nearly six decades. (Here's an explanation for the rise.)

63,000
Cases reported in 1955, the most ever

18
Deaths from the disease in 2012 — including 15 infants

SourcesMommyish.com, USA Today Lauren Hansen

11:32 p.m. ET

Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he will make a speech about immigration Wednesday in Arizona.

Last week, he postponed a speech he was planning to make in Colorado on the topic. Early in his campaign, Trump said he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. On Wednesday, he said "there's no amnesty, but we work with them," adding that his policies "could certainly be softening, because we're not looking to hurt people." The next day, he told Anderson Cooper there's "no path to legalization unless they leave the country," and his plan is not "a softening. I've had people say it's a hardening, actually." Catherine Garcia

10:36 p.m. ET
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Most people visit Hawaii to lounge on the beach, soak up the sun, and bask in the beauty of the islands. A group of six researchers, however, voluntarily spent the last year living with limited resources on top of a Hawaiian mountain in near isolation inside a Mars simulation.

The group consisted of a French astro-biologist, a German physicist, and four Americans: a pilot, a journalist, a soil scientist, and an architect. Experts estimate a human mission to Mars could take one to three years, and the study, funded by NASA and run by the University of Hawaii, focused on the toll a long space exploration would take on a person. For comparison, the typical International Space Station mission only lasts six months.

Each volunteer had a small room with a cot and desk, and ate such bare bones food products as powdered cheese and canned tuna. Kim Binstead, principal investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, told the BBC the researchers are "looking forward to getting in the ocean and eating fresh produce and other foods that weren't available in the dome." Catherine Garcia

9:24 p.m. ET
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President Obama's first campaign manager didn't hold back Sunday on Meet the Press, calling Donald Trump a "psychopath."

David Plouffe is now the senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber, but in 2008, he was part of the team that got Obama into the White House. "I mean, basically, we have a psychopath running for president," he told Chuck Todd. "I mean, he meets the clinical definition." Ticking off a list, Plouffe said Trump has a "grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse." He softened the blow a bit by admitting, "I don't have a degree in psychology."

Plouffe also said he doesn't think Trump's campaign strategy will pay off in November. "I think the assessment was that Donald Trump would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to suburban college-educated women," he said. "He's not." Because of that, Plouffe is certain the "race ends today," and Hillary Clinton is "guaranteed at least 269 electoral votes. I think it's likely going to be a landslide." Catherine Garcia

8:39 p.m. ET
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Juan Gabriel, the famed Mexican singer and songwriter who composed more than 1,500 songs, died Sunday at his home in California. He was 66.

His publicist confirmed his death, but did not reveal the cause. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted that Gabriel, known as the "Divo of Juarez," was "one of the great musical icons of our country," and sent condolences to his family and friends. Born Alberto Aguilera Valadez on January 7, 1950, the youngest of 10 children, Gabriel wrote his first song at 13. He was Mexico's top-selling artist, known for his ballads and mariachi songs, with his hits including "Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You"), "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love"), and "Querida" ("Dear"). While trying to break into the music business, he moved to Mexico City and slept on the streets and in train stations, the Los Angeles Times reports. He signed his first record contract in 1971.

A six-time Grammy nominee, Gabriel was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1995, inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009. In 1990, he became the first commercial singer to hold a concert at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, until then reserved just for classical musicians. Proceeds from his three sold-out shows went to the National Symphony Orchestra. He performed around the world, with his last concert Friday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He was scheduled to perform Sunday night in El Paso. He is survived by four children. Catherine Garcia

1:37 p.m. ET
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Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter agreed to participate in actor Rob Lowe's Comedy Central roast Saturday night to promote her new book (a campaign tract entitled, In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!). That was a bad call.

Though the other celebrity roasters took plenty of shots at Lowe himself, Coulter was the butt of many of the evening's harshest jokes. Here are a few of the milder ones:

Pete Davidson: "If you are here, Ann, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?"

Peyton Manning: "I’m not the only athlete up here. As you know, earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby."

Nikki Glaser: "The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave."

Jewel: "I do want to say as a feminist that I can’t support everything that’s been said tonight. But as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I’m delighted." [All via Variety]

You can read some of the more NSFW insults here, or just wait until the roast airs on Labor Day. Bonnie Kristian

12:44 p.m. ET
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday declined to attempt explaining where his party's nominee stands on immigration. Asked by NBC's Chuck Todd whether Donald Trump is undergoing something of an evolution on the topic, Priebus deferred, promising that Trump himself would "be giving prepared remarks on this issue" sometime soon.

"I don't speak for Donald Trump," Priebus continued. "Here’s what I know: [Trump's] position is going to be tough. His position is going to be fair, but his position is going to be humane." As Todd pressed for more details, Priebus seemed unsure as to whether Trump would really attempt to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants — though he was willing to state with certainty that Trump would work to build a border wall (which, for the record, already mostly exists).

While Trump has long made strict border security a central issue of his campaign, this week he said "there could certainly be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people." Trump then reversed himself one day later, suggesting he is instead engaged in a "hardening" of his immigration views. When these pivots led to confusion and accusations of flip-flopping, Trump blamed the media for "miss[ing] the whole point" and taking his words out of context. Bonnie Kristian

12:04 p.m. ET
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Acting Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile said Sunday she doesn't see cause for concern in emails showing Clinton Foundation staff coordinating State Department access for their donors during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

"The way I look at it, I've been a government official," Brazile said in an interview on ABC's This Week. "So, you know, this notion that, somehow or another, someone who is a supporter, someone who is a donor, somebody who's an activist, saying 'I want access, I want to come into a room and I want to meet people' — we often criminalize behavior that is normal. I don’t see what the smoke is."

Brazile may have been referencing remarks from Clinton herself earlier this week, when the candidate told Anderson Cooper "there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire" where accusations of a corrupt, pay-to-play relationship between the Clinton Foundation and State are concerned. Watch Brazile's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

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