Mar 24, 2019

Buttigieg opens up on same-sex marriage, replies in Norwegian to question

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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's foreign language skills proved a big talking point on a campaign visit to South Carolina during which he opened up about his same-sex marriage Saturday.

The details: The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, spoke of the personal impact of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage at an event in Columbia, saying his marriage to Chasten Glezman exists "by the grace of a single vote" in the landmark 2015 ruling, the Associated Press reports.

  • Buttigieg said doctors were treating his father for chemotherapy when his mother was told she needed a triple bypass, according to the AP. His husband was able to stay at the hospital with his mother while Buttigieg went to tell his father because Glezman "is a member of our family."

The big picture: If Buttigieg were to become the Democratic nominee, he would be the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party. Buttigieg also speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic and Dari, his campaign adviser Lis Smith told the BBC.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.