Jan 10, 2017

Trump cabinet confirmation hearings delayed

The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, Trump's choice to head the Labor Department, might be delayed to next month. The AP first reported the news.

Puzder was bumped by Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Education, who had her hearing delayed from this week until the 17th after failing to finalize financial and ethics disclosures.

Why it matters: Delays stack up, and if Trump nominees don't hurry up on their disclosures, it could get even worse. We've already learned that Trump is unlikely to get a SCOTUS justice until Memorial Day. He won't want the same issues for his cabinet.

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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.