May 27, 2018

Former Obama officials are running for office in 2018

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At least 64 former Obama administration staffers are running for federal, state, or local office this year, NBC News reports.

The big picture: President Trump has set out to reverse much of what his predecessor did during his time in office — the Iran deal, the Paris climate accord, and the Affordable Care Act — which has spurred the groundswell of Obama alums. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former White House staffer now running for a California House seat, told NBC: "A lot of us Obama babies were inspired by the president's call to action when he retired."

  • At least 28 of the former staffers are running for a House seat.
  • They work with the Obama Alumni Association, an organization run by former members of his administration, through which candidates can tap into the alumni network for fundraising and volunteers.

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Coronavirus breaks the telecom bundle

Reproduced from Park Associates "Broadband Services in the U.S." report; Note: 2019 survey was conducted in Q3, with 10,059 respondents and a ±1% margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

Consumers are adopting stand-alone broadband services at a much higher rate than just two years ago, and analysts predict that the economic downturn prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak will accelerate the trend.

Why it matters: With a recession looming, consumers may look to cut pay TV service in favor of more robust standalone internet packages once they're free to leave their homes.

America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

Image from a memo to President Trump

In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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