May 13, 2019

Trump says he will meet Putin and Xi at G20 summit

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President Trump told reporters Monday that he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit on June 28 and 29 in Osaka, Japan.

Why it matters: This will be the first time Trump will meet with Putin since the release of the Mueller report, and the first time he'll meet with Xi since U.S.-China trade talks collapsed, resulting in increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threats of retaliation. Trump also told reporters that he hasn't yet decided whether to go forward with new tariffs on $325 billion of Chinese goods, as he has previously threatened.

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The slippery slope of protest surveillance

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President Trump's call to treat antifa supporters like terrorists could be a green light for high-tech surveillance of dissidents.

Why it matters: It's unlikely the Trump administration can designate antifa as a terrorist group in any legally meaningful way, but the declaration gives law enforcement tacit approval to use a plethora of tech tools to monitor protesters and left-leaning activists.

The biggest crisis since 1968

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The year 1968 has been on a lot of people’s minds lately — another year of protests, violence and upheaval that seemed to be tearing the nation apart.

Yes, but: This crisis also has moments we’ve never seen before — and some historians and experts say the differences suggest that 2020 doesn't compare well at all.

SoftBank to launch $100M fund backing companies led by people of color

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SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure said in a letter to employees early Wednesday that the firm will create a $100 million fund that "will only invest in companies led by founders and entrepreneurs of color."

Why it matters: The Opportunity Growth Fund is one of the first to put significant capital behind companies' statements of empathy and outrage in response to protests over systemic racism in the U.S. typified by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans by police.