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How the economy compares to when other fiscal bills were passed

A major Republican motive for passing their tax bill is to create economic growth. But the economy is doing relatively well right now compared to when other major fiscal legislation was passed over the past two decades, according to an analysis done by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget for Axios.

Data: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analysis of BEA and BLS data via Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why this matters: Since the economy is already in good shape, the cuts could super-charge it, or have relatively little effect while adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit.

Sound smart: These economic trends reflect an awkward political tension that's been playing out for months: President Trump has (correctly) been tweeting about good economic growth during his first year in office, while congressional Republicans have been insisting the economy needs tax reform.

Haley Britzky 1 hour ago
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Women and jihad: from bride to the front line

Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu
Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

A women's magazine, unveiled in December, gives tips on how to be a "good bride" and make life easier for the man in your life. The twist: the magazine, "Beituki," is published by al-Qaeda as part of a propaganda campaign which "appears, in part, to be a reaction to Islamic State (IS), which has called women to the front lines," per the Economist.

The big picture: Extremist organizations are struggling to define what women's roles in their groups should be. While some force women to "remain indoors," as Beituki suggests, others have placed women on the front lines, or utilized them as recruiters.

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Cambridge Analytica data scandal highlights chaos at Facebook

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Facebook was caught flat-footed again Saturday as it scrambled to deal with stories in New York Times and Guardian-owned Observer about user data illicitly obtained by a Trump-linked data analytics firm, including accusations from the British paper that Facebook had threatened it with litigation.

Why it matters: The scandal is another example of Facebook blaming outdated policies and ignorance for its platform being abused by bad actors — while struggling to contain the public relations fallout. The company is also tangling with the media outlets reporting on it.