May 4, 2017

Apple presses case that it has created millions of U.S. jobs

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Although it does nearly all of its final assembly of products outside the U.S., Apple is trying to drive home the case that it is a big creator of domestic jobs.CEO Tim Cook made that point in an interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Wednesday and Apple followed up Wednesday evening by debuting a new website devoted to its job creation (as first reported by Axios). The iPhone maker says it is responsible for more than 2 million U.S. jobs. In addition to its own 80,000 U.S. workers, Apple says it created nearly half a million jobs at U.S. suppliers and 1.5 million app creators.Why it matters: It's clearly an effort to counter the notion that the company doesn't invest in the U.S. Apple is further attacking that narrative by announcing a $1 billion fund to spur advanced manufacturing in the U.S.While it is sure to be welcome news to President Donald Trump, Apple chose to make the news directly rather than allowing the Administration to announce it and take the credit. This is not a surprise, though, as Apple likes to tell its own story rather than allow others to do so.Apple is walking a particularly fine line with the Trump administration — working with the president on some issues while opposing it on others, such as with the travel ban."My view on working with any government in the world is that there are things that you will agree upon and things that you will not," Cook told CNBC. "And you don't want to let the things you don't mean that you don't have any interface. Because what we want to do when we disagree is we want to say why we view the way we do."

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Why it matters: Warren has spoken adamantly against the influence of unlimited spending and dark money in politics. But these supporters have concluded that before Warren can reform the system, she must win under the rules that exist — and that whether she likes it or not, their uncoordinated help may be needed to keep her viable through this weekend's contest and into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

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The state of play: CNN said Rood "was perceived as not embracing some of the changes in policy the White House and senior Pentagon officials wanted," such as peace talks in Afghanistan with the Taliban and a decision to cut back on military exercises with South Korea as the president courted North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

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We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warns a top U.S. public health official, as cases continue to spread despite containment efforts. Meanwhile, the global economy is being affected, including the tech manufacturing industry.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,000 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Tuesday.

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