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🇪🇬 Breaking: Hosni Mubarak — the Egyptian strongman who had been likened to a modern-day pharaoh, then was deposed in 2011 by the popular unrest known as the Arab Spring — died today at 91. (N.Y. Times)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish nominee of a major American political party — but that milestone is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership, Axios' David Nather writes.
The intrigue: Sanders' policies toward Israel — and now his fight with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — are causing his critics on the right to argue that the potential first Jewish nominee might not be sufficiently pro-Israel.
🗞️ The (Columbia) State, South Carolina's second-biggest paper, endorses Pete Buttigieg, citing his "aspirational yet realistic plans." (Go deeper.)
The coronavirus spread is being matched, or even outrun, by the spread on social media of both unintentional misinformation and malicious disinformation, Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly writes.
What's new: This is one of the first times the public has been able to see an epidemic unfold in real time.
Three main actors are driving misinformation:
Platforms' response: Twitter and Facebook say they try to place authoritative information up top. But it's still pretty easy to go down conspiracy rabbit holes.
Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the N.Y. Times reporters who helped ignite the #MeToo movement in 2017 with the first Harvey Weinstein exposé, write that his conviction for two felony sex crimes "delivered what many people declared a victory for the global movement against sexual misconduct."
Corps of women covered Weinstein trial ... Much of what the world has seen and heard about Weinstein’s rape trial came from women journalists — the regulars at the Manhattan courthouse who would be there reporting regardless of whether a celebrity was involved, AP's Mary Altaffer writes.
President Trump said in New Delhi today "that India will buy $3 billion worth of military equipment, including attack helicopters, as the two countries deepen defense and commercial ties in an attempt to balance the weight of China in the region," Reuters reports.
Below, Trump offers floral respects at Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial:
The backlash against Big Tech has flourished among pundits and policymakers, but a new survey suggests it's beginning to show up in global popular opinion as well, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried writes from S.F.
Edelman's 2020 Trust Barometer, which surveyed 34,000+ people in 28 countries, found that tech is still one of the most trusted industry sectors.
Photo: Rodrigo Jana/AP
Eagle Island, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, lost "about 20 percent of the seasonal snow accumulation in the region" during a heat wave this month, the Washington Post's Andrew Freedman reports.
⛽ JPMorgan Chase said yesterday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal, writes Axios' Amy Harder.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Drug overdoses kill tens of thousands of Americans a year, but addiction treatment is often inaccessible, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes.
The bottom line: Providers, insurers and regulators all need to do a lot more if we're going to have a functioning addiction treatment system.
Netflix, always tight-lipped about the popularity of its shows, is taking a step toward transparency with country-by-country top 10 lists, Bloomberg reports.
Megan Dority poses for a photo with the so-called Leaning Tower of Dallas yesterday as a crew works to topple the 11-story building, which found a second life online after surviving a demolition attempt.
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