Mar 28, 2017

Paul Ryan talks health care reform, Nunes recusal

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At the GOP House Leadership press conference this morning, Paul Ryan told reporters that Republicans are "united around our agenda" and "not going to retrench into our corners" even after last week's failure to repeal Obamacare.

  • Obamacare repeal and replacement is "too important" for "an artificial timeline," but Republicans will "work together and listen together until [they] get this right," Ryan said.
  • Ryan also said that House Intel Chair Devin Nunes should not recuse himself from the ongoing Russia investigation and added that he doesn't know Nunes' source.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.