Jan 4, 2018

Scoop: White House officials discuss removing Katie Walsh from outside group

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Senior White House officials are debating whether Katie Walsh should be fired from Trump's main outside group, America First, after comments she reportedly made to the author Michael Wolff, according to two sources with direct knowledge.

I'm told Jared Kushner was one of the only West Wing officials to wave people off of firing Walsh, which is surprising given there was no love lost between them when she worked in the building.

Yesterday, as Trump was fuming about Steve Bannon's comments and West Wing officials were drafting his blistering statement, attention also turned to less-noticed quotes in the book, "Fire and Fury." The Wolff reporting on Walsh that infuriated West Wingers: Figuring out what Trump wants is "like trying to figure out what a child wants," Wolff quotes Walsh as saying.Pushback: Walsh told me yesterday she never said those things, but Axios' Mike Allen reported this morning that Wolff has tape recordings of his conversations with Bannon and Walsh.

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First look: Trump courts Asian-American vote amid coronavirus

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The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian-American voters be in this moment? Trump has stoked xenophobia by labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and equating Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

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Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.

Amazon is gaining on shipping giants

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Amazon is emerging as a transportation juggernaut that could threaten carmakers, package delivery firms and even ride-hailing companies.

Why it matters: By building its own logistics ecosystem and investing in promising electric and autonomous vehicle startups, Amazon could lower its shipping costs to the point that partners like UPS become competitors instead.