Updated Apr 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate wins despite Trump endorsing opponent

A Wisconsin voting facility. Photo: Andy Manis/Getty Images

Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Jill Karofsky won a closely watched race Monday almost a week after the state's voting day.

Why it matters: Karofsky's opponent, incumbent Justice Dan Kelly, had been endorsed by President Trump. The president tweeted on the day of the vote for voters to turn out to the polls in Kelly's favor.

  • Karofsky was originally favored to win given that the state's election was largely focused on the Democratic presidential primaries. But Trump's endorsement upped the stakes.

The big picture: Earlier, former Vice President Joe Biden won the Wisconsin Democratic primary.

Between the lines: Biden is now the only candidate left in the race after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out last week. But Sanders had encouraged voters to continue to vote for him in the remaining contests so his delegates can influence the party's 2020 platform at the convention.

  • Sanders endorsed Biden on Monday, stating, "We have to make Trump a one-term president and we need [Biden] in the White House."

The backdrop: Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had attempted to delay the state's election in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in polling places. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned his order and said the election must be held as originally scheduled.

  • The move forced voters to choose between social distancing and going to the polls, drawing a national backlash.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Social networks should not be "the arbiter of truth"

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday that social media platforms should not police political speech, and that "people should be able to see what politicians say.”

Why it matters: Zuckerberg was responding to Twitter's decision this week to fact-check a pair of President Trump's tweets that claimed that mail-in ballots are "substantially fraudulent." Twitter's label, which directs users to "get the facts" about mail-in voting, does not censor Trump's tweets.

House Democrats pull FISA reauthorization bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

House Democrats pulled legislation Thursday that would have renewed expired domestic surveillance laws and strengthened transparency and privacy protections amid broad opposition from President Trump, House GOP leadership and progressive Democrats.

Why it matters: The failure to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) comes as Trump continues to attack the intelligence community, which he claims abused the law to surveil his 2016 campaign and Trump administration officials.

U.S. GDP drop revised lower to 5% in the first quarter

Data: Bureau of Economic Analysis; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy shrunk by an annualized 5% in the first quarter — worse than the initially estimated 4.8% contraction — according to revised figures released by the government on Thursday.

Why it matters: It's the worst quarterly decline since 2008 and shows a huge hit as the economy was just beginning to shut down because of the coronavirus. Economists are bracing for the second quarter's figures to be the worst ever — with some projecting an annualized decline of around 40%.

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