Apr 10, 2017

Kochs run new ad attacking Ryan's border adjustment tax

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Americans for Prosperity, the biggest group within the Koch brothers' network, is up Tuesday with a new ad urging members of Congress to oppose the border adjustment tax (BAT).

AFP is spending six-figures on the cable TV buy, which runs nationwide for a week and tells consumers they'll see higher prices if the BAT comes in. The ad follows a report the Koch network produced last week predicting disaster for state economies.

Why this matters: House Republican leaders — chiefly Paul Ryan and Kevin Brady, who heads the tax-writing committee — view the hike on imports as a crucial part of their tax plan. They say they need the $1.2 trillion in expected new revenue over 10 years to pay for cuts to corporate and individual tax rates. But they're facing forbidding headwinds: a Republican Senate that's almost universally hostile to the idea and well-funded outside groups like Americans for Prosperity prepared to spend big against it.

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Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets at demonstrators

Hong Kong riot policeissue a warning as they aim to clear away people gathered downtownon Wednesday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong riot police have fired pepper pellets at activists and surrounded the Legislative Council during demonstrations against a bill proposing to criminalize "disrespect of the Chinese anthem" on Wednesday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The bill is the latest concern pro-democracy protesters have that Chinese authorities are encroaching on the high degree of autonomy the former British colony has retained since it was returned to China in 1997.

Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Tear gas is fired as police clash with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Minneapolis police used tear gas during clashes with protesters demanding justice Tuesday night for George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody, according to multiple news reports.

Driving the news: The FBI is investigating Floyd's death after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe. Hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration at the intersection where Floyd died, per the Guardian.

U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans Tuesday to make wearing face coverings mandatory statewide for most people over the age of 10 when inside public places like retailers, on public transportation and government buildings. He announced the measure, effective Friday, as coronavirus case numbers increased to 39,342.

By the numbers: More than 98,900 people have died from COVID-19 and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 384,900 Americans have recovered and more than 14.9 million tests have been conducted.