Jun 4, 2019

Schiff on AG Barr: "I think he's the 2nd most dangerous man in the country"

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that he thinks Attorney General Bill Barr is "the second most dangerous man in the country," accusing him of lying to Congress and characterizing him as President Trump's defense lawyer.

"So we find ourselves for the first time with an attorney general who really is the president's defense lawyer and spokesperson, and who's quite good at it and has the veneer of respectability to camouflage what he's doing. He is not the sophist that Giuliani is, he's much more dangerous. And I think he's the second most dangerous man in the country for that reason....
"When you have an attorney general, and I hesitate to use the word but there's no other word that seems to apply here, that lies to Congress ... that's a very dangerous situation and as someone who came out of that department, I spent six years with the Justice Department and I venerate the department, to think that it is being led by someone this way breaks my heart for the department but is profoundly concerning for the country."

Driving the news: The House is expected to vote on June 11 on whether to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

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Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

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Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

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Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.