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Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that the company is investing in U.S. manufacturing and hopes to continue to do final assembly of the Mac Pro here.

Why it matters: It was reported that Apple was asking for a tariff exemption related to the Mac Pro, but that was apparently so it could bring partially assembled goods into the U.S. for final assembly without tariffs. President Trump had tweeted in response that Apple should do its manufacturing here and wouldn't get any tariff relief.

"We’ve been making the Mac Pro in the US; we want to continue to do that," Tim Cook said on a conference call following its quarterly earnings report. "We’re explaining that and hope for a positive outcome."

Between the lines: Apple basically wants to continue what it has been doing, which is to do as much manufacturing in the U.S. as makes sense, in this case doing final assembly of the high-end desktop here, while key components remain made in China. That's the same set-up Apple has with the current Mac Pro, which is the company's only major hardware product assembled domestically.

If it faces tariffs, it could make doing so economically unfeasible and prompt the company to actually shift production to China.

Apple announced the new Mac Pro, years in the making, at its developer conference in June. It has yet to announce pricing for the desktop computer, which will go on sale later this year.

Go deeper: Axios First Look at Apple's new Mac Pro

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Treasury begins dispersing $350 billion in COVID relief funding to states and localities

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Treasury on Monday began giving state and local governments access to $350 billion in emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan, the department announced Monday.

Why it matters: Though the money is aimed at helping state, local, territorial and tribal governments recover from the pandemic's economic fallout, the administration will generally give them wide latitude on how they can use the funds.

Game developers break silence around salaries

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Developers are sharing their salaries on Twitter under the hashtag #GameDevPaidMe to encourage pay transparency in their industry.

The big picture: The hashtag started circulating last year, but has returned periodically as developers fight for better working conditions. Salary sharing is a way to equalize the field. By removing the secrecy, as well as the stigma, around discussing pay, workers have more power to advocate for themselves when negotiating salaries and raises.

40 mins ago - World

Jerusalem crisis: Hamas fires rockets, Israel begins military campaign

Palestinian protesters and an Israeli police officer near the Damascus Gate. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

Days of tensions in Jerusalem escalated into an exchange of fire on Monday, as Hamas fired dozens of rockets toward Israel and the Israeli military responded with strikes of its own and said it was preparing for a military operation that could last several days.

Why it matters: This is the first time Hamas has fired rockets at Jerusalem since 2014, and the most serious escalation between the Israelis and Palestinians in many months. It comes during the most sensitive days on the calendar — the last days of Ramadan and the Jerusalem Day commemoration on Monday — and amid political crises in both countries.

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