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The Blackstone Group agreed to buy Ayumi Pharmaceutical, a Japanese maker of anti-rheumatism drugs, from Unison Capital for a reported $1 billion.

Why it's the BFD: Because it's Blackstone's first-ever buyout in Japan, and comes as many other U.S. and European private equity firms are seeking deals in a country they had spent over a decade ignoring. "We are seeing much more deal flow in Japan," said Kewsong Lee, co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, speaking last month at the SuperReturn event in Berlin. "It is the third largest economy in the world, but private-equity penetration there is much lower."

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Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.

Liberty University's Jerry Falwell Jr. agrees to “indefinite leave of absence”

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in 2019. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University after posting a photo of himself with unzipped pants and an arm around a woman on social media, according to the school.

The state of play: The picture, which has since been deleted, drew backlash and charges of hypocrisy from conservative political figures because the university's honor code strictly prohibits students from having "sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage," and recommends they dress with“appropriateness” and “modesty."