Oct 2, 2018

Three vulnerable Republicans targeted for accepting NRA money

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Giffords PAC, a group that backs stricter gun laws, is out with a new $1.3 million ad targeting GOP Rep. Jason Lewis in Minnesota's 2nd district for accepting "corporate gun lobby money" from the National Rifle Association.

Why it matters: The NRA's brand is toxic in 2018, and its midterm spending is down 90% this cycle compared to 2014. Lewis is already a vulnerable GOP House member, and Giffords PAC is targeting two other Republicans in tough races: Reps. Mike Coffman in Colorado and Barbara Comstock in Virginia.

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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.