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Greg Ruben / Axios

Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano on Tuesday escalated his legal battle with Snap Inc., where he worked for just three weeks in 2015, after being recruited away from Facebook. In short: He alleges that the camera app company is lying about its user metrics ― thus defrauding both partners and investors ― and is asking a court for permission to publicly disclose information that Snap believes should be kept under seal.

Background: Pompliano, who is now a venture capitalist in North Carolina, claims he was fired by Snap after he complained internally that the company's user engagement numbers were far weaker than as represented. Moreover, he says Snap subsequently defamed him with prospective future employers. Snap disputes all of this as "scurrilous, publicity-seeking" allegations from a "disgruntled ex-employee," and believes the matter should be settled in arbitration.

Redacted: Pompliano's original complaint is heavily redacted, including any evidence of the alleged user metric malfeasance, although an unredacted version was filed with the court under seal. Snap is seeking to maintain that seal, arguing that public disclosure of the redacted information (even if untrue) would violate Pompliano's employment confidentiality agreements.

New development: Pompliano today filed a motion in favor of unsealing the full complaint, in advance of an April 17 hearing. His basic argument is that the user metric information is an essential part of his termination narrative.

Moreover, Pompliano's attorney issued a statement which read, in part:

Since Snap would like the public to believe that these claims are baseless, you would expect it to be willing and able to quickly prove so. Instead, Snap has worked diligently to avoid presenting facts and truth. Due to this, today we are calling for Snap to voluntarily submit to an independent, third-party audit of its user metrics and data.

Snap has not yet responded to today's motion, saying that the company has not yet been served.

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U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.

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China declines to speed emissions cuts in new UN pledge

A view of the skyscrapers in the haze in Shanghai, China, in December 2020. Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Chinese leaders are sticking with a prior target to bring the country's carbon emissions to a peak before 2030, according to documents filed with the United Nations Thursday under the Paris climate agreement.

Why it matters: The new documents come just days ahead of the UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow. China is by far the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, and its emissions path is key to whether the temperature-limiting goals of the Paris agreement can remain within reach.