Mar 28, 2018

Barack Obama to attend Beverly Hills fundraiser for Claire McCaskill

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Former President Barack Obama will reportedly appear at a fundraiser for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in Beverly Hills on May 6, according to an invitation obtained by Politico that lists Obama as a special guest.

Why it matters: If Obama attends, it will mark his first fundraising event for an individual candidate since leaving office, according to Politico. Meanwhile, McCaskill is one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats seeking reelection this year given President Trump won Missouri by double digits in 2016.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.