Feb 21, 2019

House Judiciary schedules hearing on Trump’s family separation policy

Family separation. Photo: INTI OCON/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold a hearing on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. to assess the Trump administration‘s use of family separation at the border, aiming to finally hold the administration accountable for what it calls an “inhumane and callous policy."

Why it matters: Oversight of the Trump administration is ramping up now that the Democrats control the House. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen will also testify before three committees next week — Senate Intelligence, House Intelligence and House Oversight — after postponing his appearances for health reasons.

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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

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

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.