⚡ Breaking overnight: "China’s central bank said ... Washington’s decision to label Beijing as a currency manipulator would “severely damage international financial order and cause chaos in financial markets." (Reuters)
Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,447 words ... 6 minutes.
White nationalism — a racist extremism that was confined to the ugly fringes for most of our lives — is a growing major danger in America:
The data: "Right-wing extremists killed more people in 2018 than in any year since 1995, the year of Timothy McVeigh’s bomb attack on the Oklahoma City federal building, according to the Anti-Defamation League," per the N.Y. Times.
We're seeing all this unfold before our eyes on social media, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer reports:
Storyful found that white nationalists drove a substantial amount of online conversation during last week's Democratic debate.
Why domestic terrorism is hard to stop, via the N.Y. Times:
Between the lines: White nationalism is the subtext and text text of the 2020 presidential race — as the reality of a shrinking white population sets in, and big states, including Texas, turn increasingly diverse — and blue.
Why it matters: None of those are passing events.
Here's how Jeb Bush put it on Twitter:
Apart from the two tragic mass murders, this weekend saw: China's devaluation of the yuan and suspension of US ag exports into the country; Japan and South Korea in a full fledged diplomatic fight started over Japan's occupation of Korea 80 years ago; ... the escalation of the crisis in Hong Kong; India scrapping the special autonomous status in parts of Kashmir; Turkey amassing tens of thousands of troops along the Syrian border to attack the Kurds; Moscow police arresting 600 people for participating in an "unsanctioned rally" ... no progress on Brexit; and Iran interdicting an Iraqi fuel vessel.
Bush's punchline: "And to think many now believe that America's leadership in the world is not necessary."
Broadband technologies are getting better and faster — but access to them is still concentrated in metro areas and suburbs, leaving vast swaths of the country with marginal service or nothing at all, Axios' Kim Hart and Sara Fischer write.
What to watch: New advanced technologies are aiming to fill the gaps left by traditional telecom providers.
"China’s challenge to American power has raised the question of how long the U.S.’s strategic dominance in Asia will last," Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman writes (subscription):
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Despite efforts to crack down on misinformation ahead of the 2020 election, the primary season so far has been chock full of deceptive messages and misleading information, Axios' Sara Fischer and Kaveh Waddell report.
Social media platforms, which host the greatest volume of misinformation, have gotten wise to basic techniques from previous elections, and regularly take down swaths of accounts they say are fake or meddlesome.
In Brooklyn, a vigil was held for victims in El Paso and Dayton.
Children gather for a memorial service in Springfield, Ohio.
This shopping cart was abandoned outside the Walmart in El Paso.
On surveillance video, people run from the mass shooter.
The firearm used by the shooter is projected during a press conference.
President Obama tweeted this statement:
The papers' lead headlines:
A French inventor flew over the English Channel on his hoverboard, AP reports:
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