Jul 31, 2017

Los Angeles secures 2028 Olympics deal

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Los Angeles looks set to host the Summer Olympics in 2028 after reaching an agreement with the International Olympic Committee and Parisian officials, who nabbed the 2024 Games, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

  • An odd process: The IOC broke its usual process and decided to award 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics simultaneously after both Los Angeles and Paris presented extremely strong bids.
  • The big question: which city would host first?
  • Why it matters: The Olympics can mean a huge economic boom — or bust — for its host city. Los Angeles last hosted the Games in 1984, using corporate funding, television rights, and existing facilities to keep its outlays low. But expect sustained controversy over the fact that the cash needed for the infrastructure and security required to successfully execute a 21st century Summer Olympics might be better spent elsewhere (that issue sunk Boston's 2024 bid).

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.