Apr 6, 2017

5 celebs to watch in 2018 elections

Jordan Strauss, John Minchillo, / AP

Donald Trump's election win hasn't just inspired some celebs to consider a run for president — others big names might be on the ballot in the 2018 mid-terms:

  1. Donald Trump Jr. told members of an elite gun club that he was interested in running for governor of New York.
  2. Chelsea Clinton: Although she denied the possibility of a 2020 presidential run, when asked about running for public office in general, she told CBS, "Right now, the answer is no, but I think we all need to be asking ourselves that question periodically."
  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Terminator is rumored to be planning a possible run for Senate in 2018, Politico reported. The former California governor has been increasingly politically active since Trump's campaign, making a video about gerrymandering that went viral on social media and criticizing Trump's tweets, budget and other moves.
  4. Joe Piscopo — who came to fame in the 80's as an SNL Frank Sinatra impersonator — is considering running for governor of New Jersey, NYT reported.
  5. Kid Rock: Last month, Robert Ritchie's name was floated around at the Michigan Republican Party convention as a possible Senate contender in 2018, Roll Call reported.

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China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.