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Most of the presidential campaigns are badly unprepared to fight online disinformation, partly because they face a dizzying array of options at prices that can be too costly, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes.
Experts say these attacks are more likely to come from domestic political adversaries than from the foreign meddlers of 2016.
Rushing into the breach is a cadre of consultants — big-name firms and individual operatives alike — who claim to have the secret sauce to detecting brewing disinformation and countering it.
Where it stands: Campaigns, operating with limited funds, are being inundated with a jumble of products.
The bottom line: It can be hard to make room for such services in campaign budgets, which historically don't have a line item for battling online mobs.
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The U.S. and China are both battling a largely invisible force, a global demographic shift toward an aging and shrinking population that could sap their economic vitality, writes Axios Future editor Steve LeVine.
The bottom line: The trends will overwhelm the Chinese economy, according to Nicholas Eberstadt, a demographic expert at the American Enterprise Institute. "The age of heroic economic growth is over."
"The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks ... to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Independence Day celebration Thursday on the Mall," the WashPost reports.
Other flyovers will include a B-2 stealth bomber and F-22 fighter jet. (CNN)
Tourists from around the world flocked to South America yesterday as a total eclipse of the sun darkened the heavens over Chile and Argentina. (AP)
These word clouds (Debate 1 above, and Debate 2 below) depict one-word descriptions of the most memorable moments, according to 1,000 viewers of each debate who were interviewed online by SurveyMonkey.
Tim Alberta, Politico Magazine's chief political correspondent, interviewed 300 people for his "American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump," out July 16 from Harper.
Trump's challenge now, Alberta writes, is to turn a "freakish if not fluky" victory into a transformational redefinition of the GOP.
Trump gleefully trashes his predecessors, including President George W. Bush:
Trump told Alberta that the late Sen. John McCain screwed up his '08 campaign by telling laid-off Midwesterners that some of their jobs wouldn’t be back.
"A group of three dozen current and former Republicans is urging the Supreme Court to declare that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly prohibits discrimination against gay men, lesbians and transgender people in the workplace," reports the N.Y. Times' Jeremy Peters.
Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman, now a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, argues that "gay rights is a Republican value" in a Times op-ed:
"One unfortunate side effect of a race bursting with two dozen Democrats seeking to challenge President Trump is the spam-level volume of fundraising email it has produced," writes Julie Bykowicz in a Wall Street Journal A-hed (subscription).
Bad news: According to professional email consultants, "there is no such thing as too much. And the more cringeworthy the content, the more likely you are to click and give money."
"Father of the Mustang, midwife to the minivan, rescuer of Chrysler Corp., restorer of the Statue of Liberty," former Chrysler Chairman and Ford President Lee Iacocca died yesterday at 94, writes the Detroit Free Press.
The U.S. women's national team stormed their way into the Women's World Cup final with a 2-1 victory over England — without tournament star Megan Rapinoe, who had a hamstring injury, writes ESPN.
What's next: The U.S. will take on either Sweden or the Netherlands in Sunday's final at 11 a.m. ET.
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