Jun 25, 2018

Trump officials face public shaming

In the past few weeks, several top Trump officials have faced public confrontations. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled at Mexican restaurant MXDC. And senior advisor Stephen Miller was called a "fascist" while dining at Espita Mezcaleria.

Why it matters: Outrage fans the social media flames as critics wreak havoc on politicians and the businesses that serve them. In fact, it has gone so far in the wake of the Sarah Sanders controversy that Red Hen in DC, which isn't related to the one in Lexington, has been defending themselves online since the incident.

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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.