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Think polarization and inequality are bad now?
Why it matters: Automation may end up adding more jobs than it destroys, but the McKinsey analysis of 315 cities and more than 3,000 counties shows that only the healthiest local economies will be able to adapt to the coming disruption.
The big picture: The labor market will become more polarized, according to McKinsey's 113-page "The future of work in America."
Between those extremes is a group of thriving niche cities, such as Sunbelt cities popular with retiring baby boomers and college towns.
Making matters worse, workforce mobility is at historic lows, meaning far fewer people are moving to new counties or states.
What's next: It's going to be up to local and federal policy makers to proactively create employment paths for the those most likely to face displacement, Lund said.
Automation will have the biggest impact on entry-level and older workers, because more of their jobs tend to be routine or physical in nature and are most likely to be taken over by machines and algorithms.
Axios' Kim Hart writes that almost 40% of U.S. jobs are in categories expected to shrink between now and 2030.
Women may be better positioned than men for the automation-era jobs, with McKinsey data suggesting women could capture 58% of net job growth through 2030.
Trump insiders tell Axios' Jonathan Swan that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta did little to help himself at his high-stakes news conference defending his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case when he was a federal prosecutor in Florida.
Between the lines: Trump will decide Acosta's fate based in part on his instinct about how Acosta performed on camera, and how the awkward presser plays.
The bottom line: Acosta remains in a tough, shaky position.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day, in "A Team and a Parade for Everyone" ... Megan Rapinoe, addressing the crowd after the ticker-tape parade in New York honoring the U.S. women’s national team for its second consecutive World Cup victory:
"Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday," the NY. Times reports.
Mayor Pete with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Sunday. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose campaign was sidetracked when a white South Bend police officer shot a black man in that city, tells Rachel Martin on NPR's "Morning Edition" that he has a new plan aimed at countering racial inequality:
His Douglass Plan, named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass, would establish a $10 billion fund for black entrepreneurs over five years, invest $25 billion in historically black colleges, legalize marijuana and expunge past drug convictions, cut the prison population in half, and introduce a new Voting Rights Act.
The Supreme Court has become a primary force in the country's often-apoplectic anger as populism rises, Axios Future editor Steve LeVine writes.
In the most recent substantial case, the justices last month prohibited legal challenges to partisan gerrymandering, which may lead to a free-for-all in which parties in power draw congressional district lines to favor themselves.
What's next: The court is poised to drop some political bombshells during the 2020 campaign, writes Axios' Sam Baker.
"In their rush to match Netflix, competitors ... are ordering a slew of content," Jonah Weiner writes in the forthcoming N.Y. Times Magazine, in "The Great Race to Rule Streaming TV":
TV has long been a medium defined by familiarity — comforting narrative rhythms, stabilizing themes, repeatable formulas. ...
By contrast, the animating force behind today’s best streaming TV is a horizon-expanding sense of unpredictability, whether it’s the slippery narratives of offbeat magical-realist series like Netflix’s "Russian Doll" the impressionistic, shaggy-dog plots of "High Maintenance" (which began as a web series before moving to HBO); or the jarring encounters with broadly unfamiliar perspectives typical of "Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy," a Netflix documentary series about the role of laughter in strife-torn international locales.
This means that characters can change as shows progress, instead of retracing the tightly drawn circuits of personality typical of network protagonists. Episode lengths have become similarly elastic — 60 minutes here, 16 minutes there — as has pacing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this month passes David Ben-Gurion as the country's longest-serving leader. From a TIME interview:
The iconic VW Beetle ceased production in Mexico yesterday, AP reports:
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