Sep 21, 2017

Conservative group wants WH focus on tax reform

Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin hold a press briefing about the administration's tax reform plan. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said "now is the critical moment for transformative tax reform ... so we are encouraging members and the administration to go all-in on this and get a major piece of legislation passed in 2017." But Republicans are now stuck dealing with tax reform and health care at once, with an expected vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill next Wednesday — during the same week the admin is supposed start their tax reform rollout.

Go deeper: The Graham-Cassidy bill could delay tax reform if the admin decides to push the tax rollout to the first week of October, devoting time (and attention) to health care this month.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Countries where novel coronavirus cases are falling may be hit with a "second peak" if they relax restrictions too soon, World Health Organization emergencies chief Mike Ryan warned during a briefing Monday. "We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up," he added.

By the numbers: Brazil on Monday recorded for the first time more deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day than the United States, Reuters notes. Brazil reported 807 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to 620 in the U.S. for the same period.

Palantir CEO reflects on work with ICE

Palantir CEO Alex Karp told "Axios on HBO" that there have "absolutely" been moments he wished the company hadn't taken a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • "Did I suffer? ... I've had some of my favorite employees leave," Karp told "Axios on HBO."

Michigan governor won't apologize for coronavirus lockdown

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the strictness of her state's coronavirus lockdown in an interview with "Axios on HBO," saying it was necessary — despite the protests that have drawn national attention — because of how quickly the state's cases were rising.

The big picture: Whitmer, who has been a frequent target of President Trump, insisted that she had to act in the face of a lack of federal leadership — and that thousands more people in her state would have died without the lockdown.