Aug 18, 2017

ACLU will stop defending armed hate group protesters

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The American Civil Liberties Union will no longer defend protestors who plan to march with firearms, per WSJ, after this weekend's violent clashes in Charlottesville, which ended with Heather Heyer's death.

"The events of Charlottesville require any judge, any police chief and any legal group to look at the facts of any white-supremacy protests with a much finer comb," Anthony Berman, the ACLU's executive director, told the WSJ. He said the organization will also begin screening protesters for violent intentions.

Flashback: The ACLU of Virginia represented the hate groups who participated in the "Unite the Right" rally and won them the right to protest the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's statue. When the weekend turned violent, the organization fielded harsh criticism on social media. Yesterday, they tweeted a statement saying "The First Amendment absolutely does not protect white supremacists seeking to incite or engage in violence."

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There are warning signs that Nevada could be Iowa all over again

Former Sen. Harry Reid (D) lines up to cast an early vote for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

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

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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

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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.