5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Report: Russia interfering in 2020 election to help Sanders campaign

  • Nevada Democrats take steps to prevent Iowa caucus repeat

  • Bloomberg says he'll release women from NDAs

  • WHO: 'Window of opportunity' to contain coronavirus is 'narrowing'

  • Weinstein jury may be deadlocked on 2 charges

U.S. officials told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that Russia is interfering in the 2020 campaign to help him win the presidency, people familiar with the matter tell The Washington Post. President Trump and other lawmakers are also reportedly aware of the assistance, which is an apparent "effort to interfere with the Democratic contest." The Post didn't learn what kind of interference Russia was undertaking, but Russia did try to aid Sanders' 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton via social media. Sanders denounced Russian interference on anyone's behalf in a statement to the Post. Trump and the House Intelligence Committee reportedly learned earlier this week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 election to aid Trump's re-election.

Source: The Washington Post

Nevada Democrats are aiming to avoid a repeat of Iowa's vote counting problems by hiring a call center with 200 paid operators for Saturday's caucus, NBC News reports. The call center, which has dedicated reporting lines, will be used to take in results on Saturday. "We're taking no chances when it comes to reporting," a Nevada Democratic Party spokesperson said, adding that the extra phone lines should "ensure that our precinct chairs and site leads will be able to successfully report results on caucus day." The results from the Iowa caucuses were delayed after an app malfunctioned and phone lines became jammed.

Source: NBC News

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will release three women from the nondisclosure agreements he'd signed with them "to address complaints about comments they said I had made," his campaign announced Friday. His company "identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women," and they will be released if they "contact the company." Bloomberg's choice is in no doubt influenced by Wednesday night's Democratic primary debate, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Bloomberg release women from their NDAs. Bloomberg said those women didn't "accuse me of doing anything; maybe they didn't like the joke I told." Warren followed up by writing her own contract that Bloomberg could use to invalidate the NDAs and sharing it publicly on Thursday.

Source: Politico, Michael Bloomberg

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday the "window of opportunity is narrowing" to contain the coronavirus outbreak as more cases are reported outside of China. Iran has acknowledged 18 coronavirus cases across three cities as well as four deaths, while the number of cases in South Korea surpassed 200. The mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu urged the city's 2.5 million people to stay home after a concentration of coronavirus cases broke out at a church where a woman continued attending services after developing symptoms. In Italy, the number of cases has jumped from three to 17, and thirty-four cases have been confirmed in the United States.

Source: CNN, The New York Times

The jury in the Harvey Weinstein rape trial looks to be facing a potential deadlock on the two most serious charges against him. During the fourth day of deliberations on Friday, jurors asked what they should do if they can't reach a verdict on the two predatory sexual assault charges but can on the other three. Annabella Sciorra, who alleges Weinstein raped her in 1993 or 1994, testified to support these two charges, and it's her testimony that jurors have appeared to be focused on in recent days. The prosecution on Friday said they wouldn't accept a "partial verdict," and the judge instructed jurors to continue deliberations. Not long after, the jury was dismissed, with deliberations set to resume Monday.

Source: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter
Start every morning with all you need to know
Delivered to your inbox