May 4, 2020 - Economy & Business

Silver Lake acquires stake in Indian telecom Jio Platforms

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Private equity firm Silver Lake is investing 56.56 billion rupees (about $746.74 million) into Jio Platforms, a telecom subsidiary of India's Reliance system, at a $65 billion valuation.

Why it matters: The deal comes just over a week after Facebook announced a $5.7 billion investment into the company, underscoring Jio's growing importance as an entry point into the Indian market. This investment is also the latest in Silver Lake's recent tech spree, which has brought it stakes in Airbnb, Expedia and Twitter in the last two months.

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The policies that could help fix policing

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George Floyd's death has reignited the long and frustrating push to reform a law enforcement system whose systemic flaws have been visible for years.

Why it matters: Solving these problems will require deep political, structural and cultural changes, experts and advocates say — but they also point to a handful of specific policy changes that, while not a cure, would make a difference.

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Coronavirus diagnostic test pricing is relatively tame

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Anecdotes of labs charging thousands of dollars for coronavirus diagnostic tests are the exception rather than the rule, according to data provided to Axios by a national health insurer.

Yes, but: Some labs that don’t contract with the insurer charged rates that are multiple times higher than what Medicare pays for the diagnostic tests, and in some scenarios, patients may be at risk of receiving surprise bills.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.