Feb 1, 2019

U.S. exiting nuclear treaty with Russia

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The U.S. has announced it will be withdrawing from Cold-War era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia that banned some nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles, per the AP.

Driving the news: President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton has long been warning a withdrawal was coming, and Russia and the U.S. just failed at another round of talks to work out differences — the U.S. says Russia has been deploying missiles that violate the deal for years. The U.S. will withdraw in six months unless Russia destroys "all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment," Trump said Friday.

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The polarized pandemic election

A Trump supporter protests Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order, during a May 15 rally outside the Capitol in Harrisburg. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Trump is going all-in on pushing for a rapid, robust return to normal life, creating a visual, visceral contrast with Joe Biden and other Democrats who are more reticent to rip the masks off.

The state of play: Business friends have been urging Trump from the beginning to keep the lockdowns short. He's listening more and more.

Tech's long hot summer of antitrust

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Google, Facebook and other tech giants face a summer of regulatory grilling as long-running investigations into potential anticompetitive practices likely come to a head.

The big picture: Probes into the power of Big Tech launched by federal and state authorities are turning a year old, and observers expect action in the form of formal lawsuits and potentially damning reports — even as the companies have become a lifeline for Americans during the pandemic lockdown.

Palantir CEO hits Silicon Valley "monoculture," may leave California

Palantir is "getting close" to a decision on whether to move the company out of California, CEO Alex Karp said in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

The state of play: "We haven't picked a place yet, but it's going to be closer to the East Coast than the West Coast. ... If I had to guess, I would guess something like Colorado."