Jul 10, 2019

Alex Acosta to hold press conference on Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has cleared his schedule Wednesday and is expected to hold a 2:30pm press conference where he will make a statement and take questions from the media on his involvement in the 2008 plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, sources familiar told Axios, and the Labor Department later confirmed.

Why it matters: A source close to President Trump tells Axios there is "zero" chance he fires Labor Secretary Alex Acosta over his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case. But, as we reported, Acosta has few allies inside the White House — and a number who want to see him gone — because of what they perceive as his inadequate efforts on deregulation.

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How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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As the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in China, it's becoming clear that its targets for the phase one trade deal with the U.S. are unrealistic and there is so far no sign of a plan for renegotiation.

What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."

Husband of deceased Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to delete baseless Trump claims

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The husband of Lori Klausutis, an aide to Joe Scarborough when he was member of Congress who died in 2001, asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take down President Trump's tweets baselessly accusing the MSNBC host of murdering her, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times' Kara Swisher.

The state of play: Timothy Klausutis asked Dorsey to delete the tweets because Trump "has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain."