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Facebook stock was up nearly 3% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the tech giant beat Wall Street expectations on first quarter earnings, revenue and user growth.

Why it matters: Chaos surrounding user privacy and election integrity, driven by the Cambridge Analaytica scandal, didn't scare advertisers or significantly impact their bottom line.

Worth noting: Mark Zuckerberg, in an interview leading up to his two Congressional hearings, said that the scandal didn't have any material impact on the company's user base or business, so the results aren't entirely unexpected. Analysts also predicted that Facebook would meet investor expectations.

"Despite facing important challenges, our community and business are off to a strong start in 2018. We are taking a broader view of our responsibility and investing to make sure our services are used for good."
— Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg

By the numbers:

  • Revenue: $11.97B, up 49% from $8.03B last year, beating consensus of $11.41B
  • EPS: $1.69, up 63% from $1.04 in 2017, beating consensus of $1.35
  • Ad Revenue: $11.8B, up 50% from $7.86B last year, beating consensus of $11.25B.
  • Daily Active Users were 1.45B on average for March 2018, up 13% year-over-year.
  • Monthly Active Users were 2.20B as of March 31, 2018, up 13% year-over-year.

Sign of the times: Mobile ad revenue represented roughly 91% of advertising revenue for the first quarter of 2018. That's up from about 85% of advertising revenue in the first quarter of 2017 and 0% in 2011.

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Report: Pentagon watchdog finds Ronny Jackson drank on duty and harassed staff

Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to an official report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

Data: The American Aspirations Index/Populace; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.