May 12, 2020 - Politics & Policy

ADL: Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. hit all-time high in 2019

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More than 2,100 incidents of assault, vandalism and harassment against members of the American Jewish community took place in 2019, the highest level recorded since tracking began in 1979, according an Anti-Defamation League report released Tuesday.

The state of play: There were recorded incidents in every state in the continental U.S. —and more than half of the assaults nationwide occurred in the five boroughs of New York City.

  • There were 61 assault cases in 2019 — up 56% from 2018. Eleven of the incidents were carried out with deadly weapons, and 95 victims were harmed with five fatalities.
  • There were 1,127 harassment incidents, which increased by 6% from 2018.
  • Of the 919 vandalism incidents, swastikas were used in 746.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Social networks should not be "the arbiter of truth"

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday that social media platforms should not police political speech, and that "people should be able to see what politicians say.”

Why it matters: Zuckerberg was responding to Twitter's decision this week to fact-check a pair of President Trump's tweets that claimed that mail-in ballots are "substantially fraudulent." Twitter's label, which directs users to "get the facts" about mail-in voting, does not censor Trump's tweets.

House Democrats pull FISA reauthorization bill

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House Democrats pulled legislation Thursday that would have renewed expired domestic surveillance laws and strengthened transparency and privacy protections amid broad opposition from President Trump, House GOP leadership and progressive Democrats.

Why it matters: The failure to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) comes as Trump continues to attack the intelligence community, which he claims abused the law to surveil his 2016 campaign and Trump administration officials.

U.S. GDP drop revised lower to 5% in the first quarter

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The U.S. economy shrunk by an annualized 5% in the first quarter — worse than the initially estimated 4.8% contraction — according to revised figures released by the government on Thursday.

Why it matters: It's the worst quarterly decline since 2008 and shows a huge hit as the economy was just beginning to shut down because of the coronavirus. Economists are bracing for the second quarter's figures to be the worst ever — with some projecting an annualized decline of around 40%.

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