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The tech industry, long accustomed to seizing the spotlight by unveiling innovations, now is consumed by new debate full of doubts and questions about its wares, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried writes from S.F.
Recode's Code Conference, held last week in Scottsdale, is one of the industry's highest-profile gatherings.
The big picture: Tech's conversation is changing in part because more people are participating.
That's all changing with concerns over privacy breaches, tech's effect on democracy and the impact of smartphones.
The bottom line: Once tech took such a central role in our lives and culture, it was inevitable that it would spark broader debate — and sharper criticism.
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Two big reasons President Trump's campaign chose Orlando, Fla., for last night's official re-election launch, a source tells Axios' Jonathan Swan:
After asking rally-goers to cheer for two options, Trump — theatrically cupping his ear — officially changed his campaign slogan from "Make America Great Again" to "Keep America Great."
Trump speaks at the Amway Center in Orlando. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, in an interview with CBS News' Major Garrett, when pressed what might happen if Democrats were to convene impeachment hearings: "I think there's political upside."
Asked about the electoral map, Parscale said he feels "comfortable" about holding Trump's 2016 states, and added this bullish prediction:
After decades of improvement, U.S. air quality slipped the last two years, AP reports:
P.S. ... Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early, per Reuters:
Army Secretary Mark Esper, a West Point graduate and former Raytheon lobbyist, will become President Trump's acting defense secretary on Monday.
Patrick Shanahan, the current acting Pentagon chief, withdrew yesterday after news stories detailed "his contentious divorce, including an incident in which his son attacked his ex-wife with a baseball bat," the WashPost reports.
Other people being discussed include Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, per the Post.
Go deeper: Read Jonathan Swan's behind-the-scenes account of Shanahan's departure, which led Axios PM.
If voters were convinced a woman could win the presidency, Sen. Elizabeth Warren would poll even higher, according to a new report shown first to Axios by Avalanche, a progressive public-opinion research firm.
The findings: When the pollster used a magic wand to wash out "electability" as the top factor, the Dems' 2020 race tightened significantly, putting Warren right up with Joe Biden.
Go deeper: Read the report
"The San Francisco Board of Supervisors [yesterday] unanimously voted to approve first-of-its-kind legislation to suspend the sale of e-cigarettes in the city," reports the S.F. Chronicle's Catherine Ho.
The company, which employs 1,200 people in the city, is also under threat from the board's "intent to pass a separate measure prohibiting the sale, manufacture and distribution of e-cigarettes on city property," which could prevent it from leasing land there in the future.
"Americans gave less money to charities last year partly because the Republican tax law changes made many people ineligible for tax breaks that can inspire donations," Bloomberg's Laura Davison reports.
"The 40 Most Powerful People in Comedy 2019" ... "The Hollywood Reporter polls industry insiders and mines the data to assemble the second annual list of the artists and executives with the clout to make the world laugh."
A few of this year's selections:
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