Jan 30, 2018

Internal DOJ probe focused on McCabe's handling of Clinton emails

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is investigating why Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI, did not act for three weeks after uncovering a new batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails in the late stages of the 2016 campaign, reports the WashPost.

Why it matters: The IG is reportedly seeking to determine how long the FBI knew about the emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner, and whether investigators wanted to avoid examining the emails until after the November 8th election. McCabe resigned yesterday after public pressure from Trump and private pressure from within the Department of Justice.

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Facebook spending $100 million to help news outlets in coronavirus crisis

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Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Whatever Facebook's motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry.

The next American struggle: Waiting out the coronavirus

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There are now a lot of known knowns about the coronavirus: It's here, it's spreading, it's stressing hospitals, it's crippling the economy, it's slowed only by distance and isolation — and it's sure to get much worse before it gets much better. 

Why it matters: Similarly, there is a sameness to the patterns and known unknowns. So now we hit the maddening stage of waiting.

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Coronavirus pushes traditional businesses into the digital age

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A slew of old-line industries that once hesitated to embrace digital technologies are now being forced to do so for the sake of survival.

Why it matters: Once consumers get used to accessing services digitally — from older restaurants finally embracing online ordering, or newspapers finally going all-digital — these industries may find it hard to go back to traditional operations.