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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

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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Alphabet is shutting down Loon, one of its "moonshots," which aimed to deliver internet service via high-altitude balloons.

Why it matters: The effort was one of several approaches designed to get high-speed connectivity to some of the world's most remote spots and proved useful in the aftermath of disasters that shut down traditional infrastructure.

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President Biden swiftly recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization, but America's broader foreign policy is in a state of flux between the Trump and Biden eras.

Driving the news: One of the most striking moves from the Biden administration thus far was a show of continuity — concurring with the Trump administration's last-minute determination that China had committed "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims.

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