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We always assumed technology and the naked transparency of social media would feed people’s taste for freedom and thirst for democracy.
Ian Bremmer — political scientist, president and founder of Eurasia Group, and author of "Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism" — recently unpacked this issue in a letter to clients, and he was kind enough to give me permission to share it.
Bremmer says changing technology makes him think differently about political stability in China:
Be smart: Bremmer's takeaway isn't that authoritarianism wins. But more growing economies "will end up economically and politically (and eventually, militarily) aligning" with China — strengthening America's biggest rival.
This is what the 76-seat plane looked like. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)
The investigation of Friday night's aircraft theft in Seattle "will likely include a more detailed look at the scope of the screenings conducted on airline employees who have access to the ramps and also their ability to enter grounded aircraft," the Seattle Times reports:
"The president of the University of Virginia offered the first apology from that office for the tiki-torch march that injured UVa students and supporters one year ago," and was a prelude to deadly violence by white supremacists, The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress reports.
P.S. Hawes Spencer, a journalist who lives in Charlottesville and was on the U.Va. Lawn for the torch march that began the deadly weekend, is out with his first book, "Summer of Hate: Charlottesville, USA" (University of Virginia Press):
A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center this morning.
It's another tragic weekend in Chicago after last weekend's shocking toll. Last weekend, at least 74 people were shot between 3 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, 12 of them fatally.
This weekend, 20 people were shot Friday and early Saturday, two of them fatally, the Chicago Tribune reports:
Genice Hines, the mother of the 15-year-old: "Chicago is a scary place to be ... Even I’m scared to walk to the corner store."
Here are the 30 biggest Trump news events of 2018 so far, based on Google News Lab's data on what we're searching:
Axios' Stef Kight reports that the topics that received the greatest spikes of interest from Google users were:
"Americans’ perceptions of the economy’s prospects increasingly depend more on their political identity than statistics on output or stock markets," points out Patricia Cohen, who covers the national economy for the N.Y. Times:
Be smart: "Stubbornly slow wage growth and wide income gaps have spanned both periods."
As rain dumped on his golf club, President Trump lashed out at his Justice Department on Twitter before welcoming members of a "Bikers for Trump" fan group to the manicured grounds, AP's Jill Colvin reports from Bedminster, N.J.:
"[M]any music fans ... have spoken up about sexual harassment and groping at musical festivals recently as the #MeToo movement has emboldened more people to talk about harassment in public spaces," AP's Kristin Hall reports:
"Some artists have spoken out on stage to try to stop groping that they can see in the crowd."
"The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views ... Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos’ popularity and making the social media giant vulnerable to manipulation," by the N.Y. Times' Michael Keller, with Nick Confessore:
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