Sep 25, 2017

Trump thanks NASCAR and booing NFL fans

Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem yesterday. Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes / AP

President Trump continued his Twitter crusade this morning against NFL protests during the national anthem, thanking the fans who "demand respect for our Flag" and applauding the public statements of some NASCAR owners regarding the anthem.

The context: Some NASCAR team owners, including championship driver Richard Petty, came out in support of Trump's stance on the protests over the weekend, saying they would dismiss or fire drivers who protest the national anthem, according to USA Today.

The protest's origin: Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then-quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality against black Americans.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

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Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

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Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.