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The 2020 presidential campaigns appear to have done little to prepare for what experts predict could be a flood of fake videos depicting candidates doing or saying something incriminating or embarrassing, Axios emerging technologies reporter Kaveh Waddell writes from the Bay Area.
Axios contacted all 24 Democratic presidential campaigns, plus the Trump campaign and Republican challenger Bill Weld.
What's happening: A whole lot of buck-passing.
A few campaigns had other ideas about who should be responsible.
Consultants who specialize in warding off misinformation are by and large unimpressed with campaigns' preparations for dealing with fake media.
The bottom line: Do-it-yourself deepfakes are within reach of anyone with some computer savvy and a decent laptop.
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Aggressive U.S. antitrust action against Big Tech moved abruptly from speculation to reality in the past 72 hours, as both Congress and regulatory agencies ramped up investigations, Axios' David McCabe writes.
What's new: The House Judiciary Committee said yesterday that it is launching a bipartisan investigation into whether Big Tech platforms are engaged in monopolistic practices.
Between the lines: The investigation could help lawmakers develop a factual record to shape legislation overhauling the nation's antitrust laws, which reformers say are inadequate for reining in corporate power as it exists today.
The announcement followed reporting that the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission split up investigations into anti-competitive behavior by tech giants:
Our thought bubble: Once inquiries like this get started, they develop their own momentum. These companies likely face years of entanglement.
The Wall Street Journal's Jon Hilsenrath, who returned to reporting as a senior correspondent in April after two years as economics editor, writes that the U.S. expansion reaches its 10-year mark this month.
So what could go wrong? "[T]rade wars, interest-rate mistakes and the ballooning budget deficit."
Sorry, Twitter: The shot above, from a welcome ceremony in the Buckingham Palace garden, is actually a clasp — not a first bump.
Below, President Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, First Lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Below: The Trumps signed a visitors book after touring Westminster Abbey.
37 migrant children, ages 5 to 12, were left in vans overnight as they waited to be reunited with families at Port Isabel Detention Center, Texas, last July. (NBC)
On "Hardball" last night, Chris Matthews surprised Pete Buttigieg, 37, with a clip of his 21-year-old self, asking Rep. Dick Gephardt a question about young voters and Rock the Vote, during a Hardball College Tour at Harvard in 2003.
Gephardt then made a surprise appearance live from Santa Rosa, Calif., and asked Mayor Pete a softball about democracy.
David Brooks — in a column subtly headlined "The Coming G.O.P. Apocalypse" — warns Republicans that "young adults hate them":
[I]t’s hard to look at the generational data and not see long-term disaster for Republicans.
Some people think generations get more conservative as they age, but that is not borne out by the evidence. ...
Seventy-nine percent of millennials think immigration is good for America. Sixty-one percent think racial diversity is good for America.
Gen Zers "are now old enough to have their own ideas about what they want their online presence to look like, and who has the right to define it," writes the Washington Post's Caitlin Gibson.
Stephen Colbert to N.Y. Times Magazine "Talk" columnist David Marchese:
By the spring of 2016, we had figured out how I want to do a monologue: We never do setup, punch, setup, punch. Instead, it’s always, I’m going to tell back to you what happened today. ... It’s a transformation of the poison into something entertaining. ...
Trump consumes the news cycle, and our mandate, as we’ve established for ourselves, is that I want to inform the audience of my opinion about what they’ve been thinking about all day.
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