🇺🇸 Happy Washington's Birthday. George Washington's Mount Vernon is free today: "Celebrate the first president ... on the most exciting day of the year! ... Timed tickets for Mansion tours will be distributed upon entry." (tricorn hat tip: Colin Reed)
American women are more educated than ever, Axios data and trends reporter Stef Kight writes.
There are a few theories about this:
Why it matters: If more women joined the workforce, that would help promote economic growth and help pay for the Social Security and Medicare needs of the large, retiring Boomer generation.
The data: Women with a bachelor's, master's or professional degree are still less likely to be working than men with the same education level, according to BLS.
The big picture: The U.S. used to be a global leader for female workforce participation. But the U.K., Canada and even Japan are now ahead, according to World Bank data.
"Recent Iranian [cyberattacks] on American banks, businesses and government agencies have been more extensive than previously reported," the N.Y. Times' Nicole Perlroth reports:
Why it matters: "Chinese cyberespionage cooled four years ago after President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China reached a landmark deal to stop hacks meant to steal trade secrets."
British parliament said today in an unsparing report on fake news that Facebook and other big tech companies "should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle ... the abuse of users' data and the bullying of smaller firms," per Reuters.
Why it matters, from The Guardian: "In terms of how lawmakers across the globe .... think about Silicon Valley, the report is a landmark."
The fallout: "The guiding principle of the 'move fast and break things' culture often seems to be that it is better to apologize than ask permission,'" said Damian Collins, chair of the parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
A wreck-filled running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 in Florida yesterday:
Confrontational street theater is flourishing in Washington with the Trump administration as its nemesis, AP's Ashraf Khalil reports.
"A new kind of left-wing doctrine is emerging," The Economist writes in its lead article:
Why it matters: "Socialism is storming back because it has formed an incisive critique of what has gone wrong in Western societies."
Costumed rowers lead the Carnival Regatta along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, yesterday.
"The first mention of it can be found in 1094 and it was made a public holiday in the then Republic of Venice in 1296."