Aug 2, 2017

Kaine: Trump administration "very open" to new AUMF

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Democratic Sen. Chris Coons told reporters Wednesday that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "did not specifically reject" the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) Senators Tim Kaine and Jeff Flake have proposed in a classified Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the current AUMF. The proposed AUMF would address fighting ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.

Kaine said the administration is "very open to the idea of working towards an authorization."

Why it matters: The proposal would repeal and replace the 2001 AUMF approved under George W. Bush, which administrations since have been using as the legal basis for military activities in the Middle East. Critics have raised concerns about whether this gives the administration carte blanche to operate without restraint in the Middle East, but the balancing act, as Kaine put it, is "The executive shouldn't start a war without Congress authorizing…Congress...shouldn't micromanage."

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Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

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

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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.

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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.