Good morning, Portland! Yesterday I washed my hands so many times that they developed a rash—what a time to be alive!
Anyway, here are the headlines.
Pour One Out: Elizabeth Warren is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination, after a disappointing showing on Super Tuesday. No word yet on whether she'll endorse Bernie Sanders, the candidate whose policy goals align most closely with her own, or Joe Biden, the man whom she literally entered politics to foil.
Every time someone says what a great Vice President a woman candidate would be, I think “Women can have a little leadership, as a treat.”— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) March 5, 2020
Shelter: If I suspect I might have the coronavirus, I can just stock up on canned food and stay home for a week. But what if you don't have a house? Our own Alex Zielinski looked into what local homeless shelters are doing to prepare for and accommodate people who may have COVID-19.
Speaking of COVID-19: Mike Pence is traveling to Washington state today to meet with Governor Jay Inslee, as the state's coronavirus death toll climbs to 10. I wonder if the fact that Donald Trump called the virus a "hoax" cooked up by Democrats will come up in their conversation?
“This is just my hunch”: Trump goes on Fox News and spreads dangerous misinformation about the coronavirus https://t.co/Jk0qFuZJMP— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 5, 2020
Capped: Oregon Democrats have been trying to pass a cap-and-trade policy for years now, and this year's version appears to be dead, thanks to a Republican walkout that has lasted for most of the legislative session. Those who supported cap-and-trade can at least take solace in the fact that some Republicans are facing electoral backlash for the walkout.
"Flood the Streets": According to a new New York Times report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ages are ramping up their efforts to surveil and arrest undocumented immigrants who live in sanctuary cities. “It should be really no surprise, it’s exactly what we said we would do,” said one top ICE official. Put that quote on democracy's tombstone!
Fare-Free: Washington, DC could soon become the second major US city to make its public transit system fare-free, if the city council votes in favor of a proposal now on the table. Kansas City's bus system has been fareless since late last year.
Court's Choice: The Supreme Court is currently considering a case over whether states should be able to impose abortion restrictions that severely limit a person's ability to actually obtain an abortion. Though the anti-choice side had an embarrassingly inept day in court yesterday, there's still a strong possibility they could be successful with the majority-conservative justices. This case is part of the anti-abortion's movement to effectively "overthrow Roe without overthrowing Roe" as one writer at Jezebel put it.
and this is why I make music https://t.co/uiliyr3sYk— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 4, 2020