Nov 4, 2017

Catalonia pro-independence party wants "political prisoners" released

Nationalist activists march in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

After Catalonia's pro-independence party pushed for independence from Spain, the Spanish government sent eight former Catalan government officials and two leaders of independence groups to jail. Now, one leader of the pro-independence group is asking for the release of "all the political prisoners," saying Catalonia won't participate in upcoming regional elections otherwise, per WashPost.

What's next: The Spanish government is considering charging the 10 Catalans with sedition and rebellion. Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont called for all of the region's Democratic political parties in favor of independence to unite in a coalition for the Dec. 12 elections.

Go deeper: How Catalonia got to this point.

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The business of tear gas

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

U.S. forces yesterday used tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House gates, prior to a declared curfew, clearing a path for President Trump to visit a riot-damaged church for a photo opportunity.

The state of play: Two of the largest U.S. producers of tear gas are owned by private equity firms, but those firms have no interest in discussing their ownership.

Cerebus sells control of Steward Health Care back to company

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Cerberus Capital Management has agreed to sell control of community hospital group Steward Health Care back to the company, as first reported by the New York Times and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: This would make Steward one of the country's largest physician-owned and operated companies. It also marks the end of a 10-year ownership period for Cerberus, which was most recently marked by threats to shutter a Pennsylvania hospital in March, despite the pandemic, if the facility didn't receive state bailout funds.

Exclusive: Washington Post makes major move into local news

People entering the Washington Post building in D.C. in 2019. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The Washington Post has signed all 30 of McClatchy's local news outlets to its Zeus Performance product, a software that gives sites better speed, ad view-ability and performance, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: By adding more local news outlets, The Post can start to build a local news ecosystem within its tech stack.