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The 2010s may be remembered as the decade when the global 1% accumulated unfathomable wealth, but it was also the best decade ever for the world's poorest people, Axios World editor Dave Lawler reports.
A tipping point was reached in 2018, according to a Brookings analysis, with more than half the world in the middle class or above for the first time in history.
There was only one group that fared better over that time, Banerjee and Duflo write in Foreign Affairs — the global 1%:
Forbes' billionaire lists from the past decade tell much of the story:
When a suspect walked into the home of a rabbi celebrating Hanukkah and stabbed five celebrants, it was the latest in a week of anti-Semitic attacks in the nation’s most demographically diverse area, AP reports.
Evan R. Bernstein, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey, said while there are no studies to fully explain why the incidents are occurring, he believes part of the issue is changing neighborhood demographics.
A gunman killed two people during a Sunday service at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas — just west of Fort Worth — before a member of the congregation fatally shot him, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Britt Farmer, the church’s senior minister: "We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse, and I am thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves."
2020 Dems get the marquee treatment at the 106-year-old Majestic Theater in Centerville, Iowa.
Pope Francis urged us to talk to each other during meals instead of using our phones, per Reuters.
Robert Blair, senior adviser to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, when Mulvaney asked June 27 about freezing aid to Ukraine, according to a New York Times reconstruction of "84 Days of Conflict and Confusion":
"Expect Congress to become unhinged" if the White House tried to countermand spending passed by the House and Senate, [Blair] wrote in a previously undisclosed email.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
A majority of black Americans are more interested in voting in 2020 than they were in 2016, according to a national survey by Third Way and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Third Way and the Joint Center, with GBAO Strategies, conducted nine focus groups of black voters and non-voters in and around Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia.
Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign will open a field office in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the next few weeks, his campaign tells Axios' Alexi McCammond.
But the Virgin Islands have 11 delegates up for grabs in 2020.
The context: Bloomberg traveled to the Virgin Islands in 2017 as part of a major push to help hurricane recovery.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) — the 79-year-old civil rights icon who is often referred to as "the conscience of the House" — is undergoing treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer but will continue working, he announced:
I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life. ...
While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.
The King reigns ... LeBron James is AP's Male Athlete of the Decade:
Serena Williams aces AP's Female Athlete of the Decade:
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