Feb 17, 2017

Yahoo joins opposition to Trump immigration order


Yahoo and Tumblr (which is owned by Yahoo) today joined a host of other tech companies on an amicus brief contesting Trump's executive order barring citizens citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

Yahoo executives are from a diverse group of countries, including Taiwan, Chile and Lebanon, "so we know firsthand that great things can happen when America welcomes the world's best and the brightest," Yahoo General Counsel Ron Bell wrote in a blog post.

The brief, filed yesterday, urges a New York federal court to grant injunctive relief against the executive order. Other signers include HP, Uber, Airbnb, Tech:NYC, Dropbox and Codecademy.

Why it matters: The companies' brief supports the efforts of New York Attorney General's Office and others including ACLU in the fight against enforcement of the order, piling on the outcry from around 100 tech companies who filed an opposing brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month. Yahoo was among the notable absences on the earlier brief, along with companies like IBM and Amazon.

What's next: Trump is expected to sign another travel ban order next week.

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What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

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.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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