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Quartz will be one of the 20 publishers launching a new Facebook Watch series this summer, with a new show about the global economy called “Quartz News,” Facebook’s Campbell Brown told Axios Monday.

Why it matters: This is the digital news site’s first weekly show and it will be focused on international reporting. It’s also an opportunity for Facebook to experiment with an outlet that’s trying to weave a bot messaging experiment into the Watch experience.

How it works: A Messenger experience created by the Quartz Bot Studio will complement the programming by surfacing story headlines in chats with users, encouraging viewers to engage in conversations about the news, and asking users to send us imagery they’ve shot around the world. Quartz says its messenger bot has exchanges 99 messages with the average user.

  • “We’re creating a new kind of news show, one that is truly global, digitally native, and creative — and that makes viewers smarter about the top business issues. We’re also integrating it deeply with an interactive bot experience, drawing from our flagship Quartz for Messenger on Facebook,” says Quartz editor-in-chief and co-president Kevin Delaney.
  • Quartz says its goal is to explore unique perspectives on the economic and technological forces underpinning global events.
  • Quartz’s Preeti Varathan, an economics and finance reporter in New York, will be a reporter on the show. The show will display journalism from Quartz news bureaus around the world in Asia, Africa, India, Europe and the Americas.

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By the numbers: Census to show first decline of white population

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Data: U.S. Census Bureau via Brookings Institute; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The latest census is expected to show the first decline in history for the nation's non-Hispanic white population, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Brookings Institution's William Frey.

Why it matters: The U.S. is rapidly moving toward a majority-minority population — with the racial and ethnic diversity most apparent in younger cohorts. "This really is moving in a direction that’s going to favor the issues and the political agendas of these younger people," Frey told Axios.

Democrats plot filibuster workarounds

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Several Democratic lawmakers are moving away from calls to eliminate the filibuster while privately discussing alternatives to bypass it, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: These talks have ramped up in earnest following the Republicans’ move Tuesday to block a measure to protect and expand voting rights.

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Infrastructure's remaining potholes

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

President Biden declared victory in announcing the bipartisan infrastructure package. Now comes the hard part: negotiating with his own party on the separate reconciliation bill.

Why it matters: By trying to simultaneously pass two massive spending bills, Biden and congressional leaders are attempting a legislative feat that will likely require Congress to work through its August recess — and potentially well into the fall, according to lawmakers and senior staffers.

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