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Amir Cohen / AP

Israeli police confirmed for the first time today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is involved in an investigation concerning "bribery, fraud, and breach of trust" with a gag order preventing news agencies from reporting on details surrounding the case, though it did not directly name him as a suspect, per Bloomberg.

The accusations: Netanyahu allegedly offered to cripple a daily newspaper partially funded by American Sheldon Adelson in order to receive positive coverage from another. Additionally, Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted lavish gifts, like cigars and champagne, from wealthy supporters.

Sound familiar? Netanyahu's office issued a statement saying that the allegations are "a witch hunt intended to topple the government."

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Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

A Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, and matching former President Obama's first year (2009).

Why it matters: Biden's efforts to reengage with the international community following the Trump administration appear to be improving the global approval ratings for U.S. leadership, though this poll does not take into account the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

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The U.S. has reached a tipping point in its shift from the industrial economy — one that relied on the buildout of hardware — to an information economy that relies on the transfer, storage and implementation of data, according to a new report.

Why it matters: This shift towards a data and information-based economy has allowed more businesses to establish themselves and scale quickly and at a very low cost. As such, the number of jobs created by the commercial internet has more than tripled since 2012.

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Amazon is touting the success of small sellers on its platform through the pandemic — and warning that antitrust legislation could jeopardize that success and blow up its open-marketplace model.

Why it matters: As online shopping became a lifeline for both businesses and consumers during the pandemic, Amazon reaped big benefits, but also saw its regulatory risk grow.