Aug 15, 2017

Outside group launches ad campaign to promote Trump's tax plan


American Action Network is spending half a million dollars to support Trump's tax reform push with a middle-class growth ad campaign that will run digitally in 31 congressional districts nationwide. '

The campaign will last for 30 days and will use a mix of mobile digital video and display ads. The member-specific ads will prompt constituents to urge their Representatives to deliver on Trump's tax reform plan. A list of districts targeted can be found here.The digital campaign is launching in addition to a previously-announced $3.5 million TV and radio ad campaign, as well as mobile billboards circling town halls in key congressional districts nationwide.

Why it matters: Sources told Axios' Jonathan Swan to expect a big push to come in support of the bill in mid-August. This is one of the first major signs of that plan taking action.

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

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Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning that Americans should prepare for a much broader outbreak here.

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Space tourism gets ready for launch

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Multiple space tourism companies are aiming to send their first customers to the edge of space before the end of this year.

Why it matters: Right now, most revenue in the space industry is tied up in government contracts, but experts say the maturing industry will need tourism to grow into the $1 trillion economy some predict it could be.

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