Mar 18, 2017

Rupert Murdoch's messy week, courtesy of Fox News

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Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is hoping to take over European broadcasting company Sky TV, but confusion around the White House repeating unsubstantiated Fox News reports on British wiretapping of Trump Tower could make it more difficult for Murdoch to get regulatory approval of the deal in the U.K.

  • Why it matters: Regulators and politicians opposed to the deal worry not just of the potential control the purchase would give the Murdoch's but also of their ability to handle another news organization responsibly. Many point to the Murdoch's poor handling of a 2012 phone hacking scandal that involved employees of the Murdoch-owned (now-defunct) News of the World tabloid, as an example of negligence by Murdoch's son James Murdoch, chief executive of Fox and Chairman of Sky.
  • The deal: Murdoch is hoping to take over Sky TV for $11.4 billion, potentially giving him what U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley alludes to as being too much control over the British media market. (Twenty-First Century Fox already owns 39% of Sky TV and Murdoch already owns The Times and The Sun newspapers).
  • The timeline: Bradley punted the decision to the British communications regulatory body Ofcom for their insight, and they have until mid-May to investigate whether the deal would give Murdoch too much control and whether he would be able to meet British broadcasting standards with full ownership.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 8,500

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 8,500 in the U.S. early Sunday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday that this upcoming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,270,069 — Total deaths: 69,309 — Total recoveries: 259,810Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 335,524 — Total deaths: 9,562 — Total recoveries: 17,266Map.
  3. Federal government latest: Surgeon general says this week will be "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment." The USDA confirms that a Bronx zoo tiger tested positive for coronavirus.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. Biden says DNC may have to hold virtual convention.
  5. States updates: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is "literally going day-to-day" with supplies.
  6. World update: Queen Elizabeth II urges the British people to confront pandemic with "self-discipline" and "resolve" in rare televised address.
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  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Scoop: Inside the epic White House fight over hydroxychloroquine

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The White House coronavirus task force had its biggest fight yet on Saturday, pitting economic adviser Peter Navarro against infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci. At issue: How enthusiastically should the White House tout the prospects of an antimalarial drug to fight COVID-19?

Behind the scenes: This drama erupted into an epic Situation Room showdown. Trump's coronavirus task force gathered in the White House Situation Room on Saturday at about 1:30pm, according to four sources familiar with the conversation. Vice President Mike Pence sat at the head of the table.

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