Sep 17, 2018

Conservative group to launch $1.5 million ad blitz defending Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network will launch a $1.5 million ad blitz Monday featuring a female friend of Brett Kavanaugh who has known him for over three decades and attended Yale with him as an undergraduate in an effort to defend his character following allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman while in high school.

Why it matters: What appeared to be a slam-dunk confirmation process for Kavanaugh is being derailed by the allegation — just days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote on his nomination.  

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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.