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Ina Fried Mar 20
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Facebook plans a briefing for state AGs on Thursday

Facebook's Menlo Park HQ
Facebook's Menlo Park HQ. Photo: Facebook

Facebook is expected to meet with state Attorneys General from across the country on Thursday to address growing concerns over the Cambridge Analytica issue.

Why it matters: Two state AGs, New York's Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts' Maura Healey, have said they are investigating Facebook's actions.

"Consumers have a right to know how their information is used – and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users’ personal information," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Today, along with Massachusetts Attorney General Healey, we sent a demand letter to Facebook – the first step in our joint investigation to get to the bottom of what happened."

Facebook's response: “Attorneys General Healey and Schneiderman have raised several important questions," said Will Castleberry, Facebook's VP of State and Local Policy, in a statement. "We appreciate their attention to this matter and look forward to responding.”

Sam Baker 53 mins ago
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How to lower prescription drug costs

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's upcoming speech on drug prices will probably stick to small-ball ideas. But small-ball doesn't necessarily mean no impact.

Reality check: There are a lot of legitimate ways to bring down drug costs; there are also a lot of empty gestures masquerading as real change. Here's a guide to the kinds of ideas and the odds that they'll actually happen.

Jonathan Swan 10 hours ago
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Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump at the White House in March. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In a phone call last year with Bibi Netanyahu, President Trump said something that shocked some of the people who helped prepare his briefing materials for the conversations. According to three sources familiar with the call, Trump asked Bibi bluntly if he actually cares about peace or not.

The details: Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a "deal" for Mideast peace. He'd read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.