Apr 7, 2017

Trump to nominate Lyft employee to Transportation Dept.

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The White House has announced that President Trump plans to nominate Derek Kan, Lyft's general manager for Southern California, as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. Kan's nomination for the job has been rumored for a few weeks.

If he gets the job, Kan will have to resign from Lyft, the company confirmed to Axios. "Derek is a valued member of our team and we wish him luck in whatever path he chooses," a Lyft spokesman added.

Prior experience: Kan has served on the board of Amtrak since the beginning of 2016. He's also worked as a policy advisor to Sen. Mitch McConnell, and a chief economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and has worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

His prior work with McConnell is noteworthy as he's married to Elaine Chao, the Transportation Secretary, and Kan's would-be boss.

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Scoop: Census Bureau is paying Chinese state media to reach Americans

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The 2020 Census Paid Media Campaign, which sends U.S. taxpayer dollars to community media outlets to run ads about the upcoming census, is including a Chinese state-run broadcaster as one of its media vendors.

Why it matters: After China's yearslong campaign to co-opt independent Chinese-language media in the U.S., Washington is now paying Beijing-linked media outlets in order to reach Chinese Americans.

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Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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GOP congressman accuses California pension official of working for China

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The latest season of Red Scare has come to Sacramento.

Driving the news: Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) has repeatedly accused Ben Meng, chief investment officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), of tacitly working on behalf of the Chinese government. Banks also says that, were it up to him, Meng would be fired — and has questioned the patriotism of California Gov. Gavin Newsom for not at least investigating Meng.

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