Jan 3, 2019

Other companies are feeling the heat in China's slowing market

A woman walks past a shopping mall in Shanghai. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

While Apple grabbed headlines after the tech giant warned of a revenue miss thanks to the Chinese market, they're not the only company facing the consequences of China's economic slowdown and its ongoing trade war with the U.S., Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: From coffee suppliers to delivery giants, major corporations are struggling to sell in the world's second-largest economy. FedEx cited trade tensions between the U.S. and China as a primary culprit in pulling back its profit estimates in late December. And, despite Starbucks' rapid expansion in China, the company said long-term sales growth there could be as low as 1% — compared to 3% to 4% in the U.S.

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Trump's clemency spree

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President Trump announced Tuesday that he commuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for extortion, bribery and corruption — as well as issuing full pardons for former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken.

The big picture: The president's clemency spree largely benefitted white-collar criminals convicted of crimes like corruption, gambling fraud and racketeering, undercutting his message of "draining the swamp."

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Trump's improbable moonshot

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NASA is unlikely to meet its deadline of sending astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024, even with a large influx of funding.

Why it matters: The Artemis mission to send people back to the Moon is the Trump administration's flagship space policy, and its aggressive, politically-motivated timeline is its hallmark.

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Justice Department says U.S. attorneys are reviewing Ukraine information

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Tuesday informing him that the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern District of New York and the Western District of Pennsylvania are reviewing "unsolicited" information from the public related to matters involving Ukraine.

Why it matters: Nadler had requested an explanation for the "intake process" that Attorney General Bill Barr stated had been set up in order to receive information that Rudy Giuliani had obtained about the Bidens in Ukraine.