Sep 6, 2018

"Confidential" Kavanaugh documents were cleared before Booker's release

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Bill Burck, former George W. Bush attorney who has been in charge of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's documents, tells Axios that the documents Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claimed were confidential and released today had already been cleared for the public last night.

The big picture: Sen. Booker claimed he broke committee rules in deciding to release those documents this morning. "We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly," Burck told Axios. But Booker's team argues that "Senate Democrats were able to shame the committee into agreeing to make last night’s documents publicly available," and that "other committee confidential documents" were also released today.

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China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

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Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.