Pope Francis attends the closing Mass of 'The Protection Of Minors In The Church' 4 days meeting. Photo: Vatican Pool - Corbis/Getty Images

Pope Francis concluded a Vatican summit on sexual abuse by calling for an "all-out battle" against the issue within the Catholic Church, the Washington Post reports.

Yes, but: The Church failed to provide any concrete measures to move forward at the summit's end, despite Francis' call for unspecified "legislation" to tackle abuse, prompting some critics to call the gathering largely superficial. Peter Saunders, a sex abuse survivor and former member of the pope’s commission on the protection of minors, told the Post that Francis' speech was "lukewarm" and said things "he has been talking about for years."

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The new deal to rescue TikTok from a threatened U.S. ban — full of provisions aimed at creating the temporary appearance of a presidential win — looks like a sort of Potemkin village agreement.

How it works: Potemkin villages were fake-storefront towns stood up to impress a visiting czar and dignitaries. When the visitors left, the stage set got struck.

  • Similarly, many elements of this plan look hastily erected and easily abandoned once the spotlight moves on.
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Why it matters: The broad reach of social media platforms makes them uniquely effective at engaging voters — especially younger voters who may not know how to register to vote or be civically engaged.

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Wall Street: Recession is over

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  • The recession is over, according to Wall Street, with current forecasts showing sustained economic growth through 2021 and beyond.