Sep 23, 2017

Trump effect: the 2018 anti-establishment ads

With a little over a year to go until the 2018 midterm elections, candidates from the left and the right are putting out TV announcements to rally early support. The ads range from inspirational to bitingly anti-establishment, and each draws on the hottest political issues of the day: health care, the opioid crisis and the legislative stalemate in Washington.

The viral ad

Retired army fighter pilot Amy McGrath is a Democrat running for Congress to represent Kentucky's 6th district. Her campaign ad "Told Me" — about overcoming gender stereotypes to run combat missions from the skies — has 1.3 million views and counting.

The underdog ad

Randy Bryce, an iron-worker from Paul Ryan's district in Wisconsin, is a Democrat running for the Speaker's seat. Ryan has held Wisconsin's 1st district for 18 years. Bryce says, "Let's trade places. Paul Ryan, you can come work the iron, and I'll go to D.C."

The "Drain the swamp" ad

Republican John Curtis, running for Utah's 3rd congressional district, has popularized the hashtag "#DontDCmyUtah" with his campaign ad. The video shows Curtis using his attack ads — from his opponents and "their Washington, D.C. superPACs" — as mulch and shooting targets.

The creative ad

Democrat Dan Helmer released a campaign ad in which he calls out Rep. Barbara Comstock for "appealing" to right-wing politicians — she voted against funding for Planned Parenthood and Obamacare. He does it in song, spoofing a scene from "Top Gun."

The single-issue ad

Independent Boyd Melson — a champion boxer and captain in the U.S. Army Reserve — is running for Congress from Staten Island. His campaign ad is centered around the opioid epidemic, which has been escalating in Staten Island. Melson tells D.C. politicians to "get out of the ring" if they can't risk their jobs to fight the opioid crisis.

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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

Apple CEO Tim Cook

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.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.