Mar 8, 2019

Report: Trump plans premium for countries hosting U.S. troops

U.N. Command honor guards hold flags during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of an unidentified Korean War soldier at a U.S. Army base in Seoul. Photo: Jung Yeon-je /AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration plans to demand that any country hosting U.S. troops on its soil cover their cost — along with an at least 50% premium for "the privilege of hosting them" — according to a Bloomberg report.

Why it matters: Bloomberg reports that President Trump wants to use this "Cost Plus 50" formula as a tool for increased defense revenue, but it could cause close allies like South Korea and Germany to spend up to as much as 5 or 6 times more to host American troops. Last month, South Korea agreed to pay the U.S. almost $1 billion to station U.S. troops — a sharp increase from the previous $800 million agreement.

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There are warning signs that Nevada could be Iowa all over again

Former Sen. Harry Reid (D) lines up to cast an early vote for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

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Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.