Oct 5, 2017

White House crafting hardline proposal that could tank DACA deal

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

White House adviser Stephen Miller is crafting a proposal "to demand hardline immigration reforms in exchange for supporting a fix on the DACA program," according to Politico. Per Politico, the administration's "immigration wish-list" is expected soon, though the plans are not finalized.

Why it matters: Miller, an immigration hardliner, is including the idea to cut "legal immigration by half over the next decade," Politico reports. This could keep many Democrats and some Republicans from accepting the proposal, and possibly ruin the chances for a deal.

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Facebook spending $100 million to help news outlets in coronavirus crisis

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Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Whatever Facebook's motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry.

The next American struggle: Waiting out the coronavirus

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There are now a lot of known knowns about the coronavirus: It's here, it's spreading, it's stressing hospitals, it's crippling the economy, it's slowed only by distance and isolation — and it's sure to get much worse before it gets much better. 

Why it matters: Similarly, there is a sameness to the patterns and known unknowns. So now we hit the maddening stage of waiting.

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Coronavirus pushes traditional businesses into the digital age

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A slew of old-line industries that once hesitated to embrace digital technologies are now being forced to do so for the sake of survival.

Why it matters: Once consumers get used to accessing services digitally — from older restaurants finally embracing online ordering, or newspapers finally going all-digital — these industries may find it hard to go back to traditional operations.