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Genetic testing companies that trace customers' ancestry are amassing huge databases of DNA information, and some are sharing access with law enforcement, drug makers and app developers, Axios' Kim Hart reports.
The big picture: What started out as a novelty for genealogists has gone mainstream. There are now more than 50 DNA-testing kit services on the market, estimates Carson Martinez, a health policy fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum.
Driving the news: FamilyTreeDNA came under fire for voluntarily giving the FBI routine access to its database of more than 1 million users' data, allowing agents to test DNA samples from crime scenes to identify family matches.
Drug makers also want access. Ancestry.com and 23andMe — the largest companies (which, combined, have DNA data of 15 million users) — both sell anonymized genetic data to pharmaceutical companies.
Benjamin Berkman, an NIH bioethicist who has written about ethical issues of using genealogy data to solve crimes, said: "[W]e are gradually moving away from the hyper-sensitivity to the private nature of genomic data."
President Trump delayed "a scheduled increase in the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to allow negotiators more time to reach a comprehensive trade deal with Beijing," the WashPost's David Lynch writes.
The long game, from The Economist: "American negotiators, with the support of Congress and the business establishment, have demanded deep changes to China’s economy. Western opposition to China’s model will outlast Mr. Trump."
Nearly half the 700,000 people held in 3,000 U.S. jails — usually awaiting bail — suffer from some kind of mental illness, Steve Coll writes in The New Yorker:
"Many jails are in rural or poor counties, where administrators complain that they have neither the resources nor the expertise."
Above, Olivia Colman draws some of the biggest buzz of the night with her charmingly shocked reaction to winning Best Actress for "The Favourite."
Below, Spike Lee holds up brass knuckles reading "HATE" and "LOVE" from his 1989 film "Do The Right Thing" as he arrives at the Oscars.
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Media companies are prioritizing climate change news like never before, and that includes Axios, Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column. Here, in the first person, is her story of how her focus has changed over the last two years:
Here are the drivers of my shift over the last two years:
Above: Cameras, inside and out, watch Sen. Kamala Harris eat lunch last week with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem ("The Queen of Soul Food").
Below: Sen. Cory Booker takes selfies yesterday after a "Conversation with Cory" in North Las Vegas.
"Wisconsin lost almost 700 dairy farms in 2018, an unprecedented rate of nearly two a day," Rick Barrett of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
Be smart: Wisconsin is one of the heartland states that put President Trump over the top in 2012; midterm results show he could easily lose America's Dairyland this time. Weakness in the state's signature sector won't help.
President Trump's re-election campaign has named Cole Blocker, a veteran of the Jeb Bush campaign and then the White House, to lead the finance staff.
P.S. ... President Trump hosts the nation's governors this morning before departing at lunchtime for Vietnam for the North Korean summit.
"Spike Lee jumped onstage into the arms of presenter Samuel L. Jackson, winning his first, nonhonorary Oscar for adapted screenplay for 'BlacKkKlansman,'" USA Today's Bryan Alexander writes.
Why it matters: "[I]t proved to be a historic night of celebrating diversity — three years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a painful symbol for the lack of diversity in the film industry."
But backlash for "Green Book" as Best Picture: "The movie's take on race relations seems more suited to its 60s setting than 2019," per The Guardian.
Vanity Fair's "After the Awards" Oscar party — hosted by editor Radhika Jones — is one of the few places where you can see Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, all in one place — discussing a deal.
Above is the crush of runway photographers, who all shout at once at the guest to turn this way or that, and to do this or that with their left or right shoulder.
Below are desserts that were on the bar. Passed food included bacon-wrapped truffle hot dogs, cheddar-cheese pretzel bites, veggie burgers with purple watercress, bagel bites with smoked salmon, french fries and In-N-Out burgers.
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