Aug 29, 2018

Ron DeSantis tells Florida not to “monkey this up” in November

Ron DeSantis, the Trump-backed Republican candidate for Florida governor, told voters on Fox News Wednesday morning not to "monkey this up" by voting for his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, who would would be the state's first black governor if elected.

What they're saying: Social media and cable news erupted over DeSantis' choice of words, which many viewed as a racist dog whistle. Critics immediately drew comparisons to the Roseanne Barr controversy in which the TV star lost her show for likening former Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett to an "ape." But DeSantis' spokesperson told MSNBC that he "was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace” Gillum’s policies, and “to characterize it as anything else is absurd."

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NHL unveils 24-team playoff plan to return from coronavirus hiatus

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The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan on Tuesday, formally announcing that 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament in two hub cities, if and when medically cleared.

Why it matters: Hockey is the first major North American sports league to sketch out its plans to return from a coronavirus-driven hiatus in such detail, and it's also the first one to officially pull the plug on its regular season, which will trigger ticket refunds.

Rising home sales show Americans are looking past the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Americans are behaving very differently than they have in previous recessions — convinced that the coronavirus pandemic will soon pass, many continue to spend money as if nothing has changed.

Driving the news: The latest example of this trend is the Commerce Department's new home sales report, which showed home sales increased in April despite nationwide lockdowns that banned real estate agents in some states from even showing listed houses.

"Close them down": Trump threatens action against social media platforms

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President Trump threatened to shut down or regulate social media platforms due to anti-conservative bias in a pair of Wednesday tweets — the day after Twitter's first fact-check against the president's claims on its platform.

Reality check: While his claim that social media companies target conservatives isn't new, an Axios analysis last year found that stories about the 2020 presidential election that drove the most engagement online often came from right-wing media outlets.