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Native speakers of languages other than English have grown increasingly hesitant to use their primary language in public settings in the U.S., due to "nasty looks" and judgement, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: President Trump's rhetoric towards immigrants and his tough America-first policies may have started to resonate around the country. And speaking another language "can risk drawing unwanted attention," per the AP, despite being considered a huge advantage for things like job opportunities in the U.S.

What's happening: Viral videos of people expressing racist ideas, such as a widely-viewed and criticized video of a New York lawyer ranting about restaurant workers speaking Spanish instead of English, are increasingly being shared across social platforms.

  • About 20% of people five years old and older speak a different language than English at home, per the AP; 60% of people in the U.S. say they speak another language, but also know English "very well."

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What Matters 2020

The missed opportunities for 2020 and beyond

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As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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