Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 23:20

Last week the US wanted to break up Big Tech. Now it’s trying to supersize it.


Donald Trump sits next to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a 2017 event. | Chip Somodevilla / Getty The TikTok/Microsoft deal — if it happens — will make it harder to shrink Facebook or Google. Do you think Donald Trump cares about that? Last week, US lawmakers hauled the heads of four giant tech companies into a virtual antitrust hearing , ostensibly over concerns their companies are too big. This week, the president of the United States is sort-of-kind-of-maybe trying to help a different giant US tech company become even bigger — by forcing the Chinese owners of TikTok to sell it to Microsoft. There are all kinds of perspectives on a potential sale of TikTok from ByteDance to Microsoft . Some rational people think it’s a good idea : They don’t want the popular social video app with a h...

Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 21:53

The TikTok-Microsoft-Trump drama, explained


President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to issue an order compelling social media app TikTok to sell its US operations. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Trump says he isn’t banning the app — for now — because he’s open to having Microsoft buy it instead. President Trump won’t try to ban TikTok in the US — at least for now. On Monday, he reversed his stance on the wildly popular video streaming app and said in a White House press briefing that instead of banning it, he would allow a US-based company to purchase the app. “I don’t mind if — whether it is Microsoft or someone else — a big company, a secure company, a very American company, buys it,” said Trump about TikTok. Trump also warned that TikTok will be “out of business in the United States” by September 15 if the company doesn...

Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 21:53

The TikTok-Microsoft-Trump drama, explained


President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to issue an order compelling social media app TikTok to sell its US operations. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Trump says he isn’t banning the app — for now — because he’s open to having Microsoft buy it instead. President Trump won’t try to ban TikTok in the US — at least for now. On Monday, he reversed his stance on the wildly popular video streaming app and said in a White House press briefing that instead of banning it, he would allow a US-based company to purchase the app. “I don’t mind if — whether it is Microsoft or someone else — a big company, a secure company, a very American company, buys it,” said Trump about TikTok. Trump also warned that TikTok will be “out of business in the United States” by September 15 if the company doesn...

Axios | 03 Aug 21:36

Podcast: White House adviser Peter Navarro talks TikTok

President Trump has relaxed his threat to immediately ban the popular social media app TikTok, giving Microsoft room to negotiate an acquisition from Chinese tech giant ByteDance. Axios Re:Cap digs into the situation with Peter Navarro, the White House's top trade advisor and a noted China hawk, who suggests Microsoft should be forced to make unrelated concessions related to its China operations.

Axios | 03 Aug 16:37

A wild weekend for Microsoft's play for TikTok


While its Big Tech rivals were testifying in front of a congressional antitrust committee last week, Microsoft was negotiating what could be the largest — and most politically perilous — tech acquisition of 2020. The state of play: The hullabaloo surrounding Microsoft picking up TikTok has undergone a flurry of twists and turns over the weekend, as both the White House and the tech giant reacted in real time. Here's what happened: Reports emerged that Microsoft was in talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok from ByteDance, possibly with ByteDance retaining a minority stake. President Trump said he planned to ban TikTok for (still unspecified) national security concerns. We reported Saturday morning that Trump had a proposal "on his desk" whereby Microsoft would buy 100% of TikTok U.S...

Axios | 03 Aug 02:03

Microsoft moves ahead with talks to buy TikTok after consulting Trump


Microsoft announced Sunday it would pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, "in a matter of weeks," on buying the app in the U.S. following conversations between President Trump and the tech giant's CEO Satya Nadella. Details: Microsoft said in a blog post the two firms are exploring a preliminary proposal that would see Microsoft buy the TikTok service in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as well as the U.S. "During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President," the post noted. "Microsoft appreciates the U.S. Governments and President Trump’s personal involvement as it continues to develop strong security protections for the country." Microsoft said it is committed to acquiring TikTok "...

Axios | 02 Aug 17:58

What a Microsoft deal to buy TikTok would look like


President Trump, who said Friday night that he'll ban TikTok, may allow Microsoft to buy the app's U.S. operations if there's "complete separation" from the original Beijing-based company, Republican sources tell Axios. What's new: Conversations with Republicans over the weekend suggest a possible blueprint for making the proposed Microsoft deal palatable to the White House. Microsoft promises a complete break from the Chinese parent company, ByteDance — not just data and servers, but also software. What’s essential is there can be no lingering connection of any kind to ByteDance or non-U.S. TikTok. Trump "has a deal on his desk" whereby Microsoft would lead an acquisition of 100% of the U.S. operations of TikTok, Axios' Dan Primack reported yesterday. Microsoft seems to believe total s...

Vox - Front Page | 02 Aug 00:20

The TikTok-Trump drama, explained


President Trump is reportedly expected to issue an order compelling social media app TikTok to sell its US operations. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Trump told reporters he plans to ban TikTok in the US, but such a move would likely face legal and technical challenges. Update, August 1: The Trump administration said it plans to ban TikTok, the wildly popular social media app that’s best known as a place for teens to post short videos, amid mounting national security concerns about the app’s relationship with the Chinese government. On Friday evening, Trump told reporters on Air Force one , “as far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” saying he would do so using emergency economic powers or an executive order. It’s unclear exactly how Trump plans to enfor...

Axios | 01 Aug 17:58

Trump has TikTok deal “on his desk”


President Trump "has a deal on his desk," whereby Microsoft would lead an acquisition of 100% of the U.S. operations of TikTok, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Why it matters: Trump Friday night said he plans to ban TikTok , as India has done, over concerns that the app could be sharing U.S. user data with the Chinese government. What we know: U.S. presidents don't typically have approval or veto power over merger agreements. But this situation is different because of the involvement of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which has been reviewing ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of U.S. app Musical.ly and eventually merged with TikTok. What we don't know: It is unclear whether the Microsoft offer involves participation in ByteDance from U.S.-based ...

Vox - Front Page | 01 Aug 00:20

How Trump is planning to force TikTok to sell itself


President Trump is reportedly expected to issue an order compelling social media app TikTok to sell its US operations. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images It looks like concerns over the company’s Chinese ownership have real consequences. It looks like the Trump administration is getting tougher on TikTok, the wildly popular social media app that’s best known as a place for teens to post short videos, amid mounting national security concerns about the app’s relationship with the Chinese government. According to Bloomberg, President Trump plans to sign an order compelling TikTok’s parent company, Chinese-based ByteDance, to sell its US operations. Some are floating Microsoft as a potential buyer. Trump’s order would direct ByteDance to divest from the US-based TikTok, last valued at around $...

Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 19:30

The 6 most interesting Michigan races to watch in Tuesday’s primary


Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks at the opening plenary session of the NAACP 110th National Convention at COBO Center on July 22, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Rep. Rashida Tlaib is facing off against a Democratic primary challenger on Tuesday. After its surprise swing for President Donald Trump in 2016, Michigan will be one of the most highly watched states in the 2020 election. Though the biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether Democrat Joe Biden can reclaim this Midwestern state, Michigan is boasting a number of other competitive races in November, including Sen. Gary Peters’s (D) bid for reelection and a slew of House races flipped by moderate Democratic candidates in 2018. Right now, the polls for Biden and the Democrats look pretty good. The Real...

Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 14:00

Arizona’s primaries could provide a hint as to whether Democrats can take the Senate


Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) wears a mask depicting Arizona’s state flag as she listens to testimony during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 6, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Shawn Thew/Pool via Getty Images Here are three races to watch in Arizona’s primary election on August 4. When it comes to Arizona, much of the nation’s political attention this year has been focused on whether former Vice President Joe Biden can flip a state President Donald Trump won in 2016. But exactly how either Trump or Biden governs could be decided not by the presidential election but by races lower on the ticket — including one for Arizona’s Senate seat. This Tuesday, August 4, voters pick their favored candidate in that primary and several others across the state. For the Senate, sole Democrati...

Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 00:30

Polls: Biden and Trump are nearly tied in North Carolina and Georgia


US Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 28, 2020. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images New CBS polls find Biden has a slight advantage in the key Southern states — but that doesn’t mean he’ll win either. A new poll puts Joe Biden roughly even with President Donald Trump in two Southern swing states, suggesting the presidential race may be a competitive one come autumn. CBS News polls of registered voters released Sunday show Biden just ahead of Trump in North Carolina, with 48 percent support to the president’s 44 percent, and a close race in Georgia, with the presumptive Democratic nominee at 46 percent to Trump’s 45 percent. These leads may be even smaller than they appear, however — ...

Axios | 02 Aug 23:22

Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election


After pausing their multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to review their strategy, the Trump campaign plans to launch new ads on Monday depicting Joe Biden as a puppet "controlled by the radical left," according to two senior campaign officials. Why it matters: The Trump campaign's most recent internal polls show the "puppet of the left" attack on Biden is beginning to resonate with voters, per two sources briefed on the polling. And it sets the campaign up to attack Biden's vice presidential selection. "The 'radical left' is a placeholder for Biden's VP pick," said one adviser. The new ads will get into specific policy areas, likely including taxes (see Friday's WSJ editorial: " Read Joe Biden’s Lips: New Taxes "). Behind the scenes: Trump campaign officials are frustrated that Bid...

Axios | 02 Aug 23:16

Inside Joe Biden's painstaking path to picking a VP candidate


Joe Biden's process for selecting a running mate highlights a fundamental difference between his campaign and the president's re-election effort: Biden is deliberative, while President Trump goes with his gut. Why it matters: The way Biden is searching for a vice president suggests a careful and methodical approach, the opposite of Trump's style. But it also reveals a strong fear of the consequences of making the wrong choice. The big picture: Biden's methodical approach to picking a running mate is driven by caution, governed by a top campaign priority: make sure the running mate doesn't hurt him. The Biden campaign is determined not to blow his chances by using the wrong metrics — dictated by the controversy du jour or the loudest Democrats on Twitter — to pick his VP. "I've had enoug...

Vox - Front Page | 01 Aug 16:54

The Supreme Court just handed Trump a big victory regarding his border wall


President Donald Trump smiles after signing a plaque as he participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020. | Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images The Supreme Court’s new border wall opinion bends the rules to benefit Trump The Supreme Court ruled Friday evening, in a 5-4 decision along partisan lines, that President Donald Trump may move forward with his plans to build a multi-billion dollar wall along the US/Mexico border. The Court’s order marks the second time Trump v. Sierra Club has come before the justices, and the Friday decision says as much about the unusual deference this Court gives to Trump as it does about the wall itself. The case first reached the Court in late July 201...

Axios | 01 Aug 01:52

Biden campaign vows virus focus


Joe Biden's campaign contends that President Trump's talk of delaying November's election is an effort to distract, and vows to be what a Biden aide called "laser-focused" on Trump's pandemic response. Why it matters: After aides convinced the president that the issue was hurting him badly in the polls, Trump has tried for the past two weeks to show renewed focus on the coronavirus, including the restoration of his briefings. So the day-by-day effort to define his handling of the crisis carries high stakes for both campaigns. A new Biden document , "Trump Broken Promises on COVID-19," declares support for "a nationwide testing campaign and ... advances in faster, more affordable, more accurate testing — as Joe Biden has repeatedly called for ." "Testing sites are hard to access, and lin...

Vox - Front Page | 31 Jul 19:58

Elections, explained (to kids)


Supporters of one-time Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris hold placards during a campaign rally in Los Angeles in 2019. | Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Today, Explained to Kids heads back to the Island of Explained to witness the island’s presidential election. Although the 2020 presidential election is still a few months away in the US, voters on the Island of Explained are headed to the polls today to pick their new president and decide which party (the Now Party or the Later Party) will carry the day. In the second of four episodes of Today, Explained to Kids: Summer Camp , Vox’s explainer podcast series for kids, we head back to the island to learn about political parties (wait, there’s no cake?) and listen in to a debate between the island...

Vox - Front Page | 31 Jul 18:30

States are scrambling to stop a slow-motion 2020 election disaster


People wait in line to vote in Georgia’s primary election on June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. | Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images Election experts warn the country is not ready for the November election. President Donald Trump escalated his false claims about vote-by-mail in the November 3 election on Thursday, going so far as to suggest that the election be delayed outright. Trump has been attacking vote-by-mail for months, suggesting a well-established method of voting used for years by Democratic and Republican voters alike is “fraudulent” and “inaccurate.” Rather than focusing on the federal government’s dismal response to the Covid-19 pandemic or the stagnant American economy, Trump is questioning the outcome of an election that hasn’t happened yet. While he does not have the authority to ac...

Axios | 03 Aug 17:06

Pelosi: Birx "enabled" Trump on coronavirus misinformation


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Monday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx because "she has enabled" President Trump to spread coronavirus misinformation. What she's saying: "I don't have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says, 'Swallow Lysol and it's going to cure your virus,'" Pelosi told host Jim Scuitto. "There has to be some responsibility. So, if the president is saying these things, who is advising him that this is okay and enabling that to happen while millions of people have died?" she added Worth noting: Roughly 155,000 people in the U.S. have died due to coronavirus while just under 700,000 have died worldwide, per Johns Hopkins data . The big picture: Trump issued his first public criticis...

Axios | 02 Aug 19:04

Birx: U.S. has entered new phase of coronavirus pandemic


White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said Sunday on CNN that the U.S. has shifted into a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, as infections have spread further into rural areas than in March and April. Why it matters: Coronavirus infections in rural communities have surpassed the number of cases in big cities — and areas in the U.S. with fewer coronavirus testing sites were predominately rural as of May. What she's saying: "We are in a new phase. ... We are beginning to see an impact from the mitigation procedures that many of the state and local officials have put into place." "But I want to be very clear, what we're seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It's into the rural as equal urban areas, and to everybody who l...

Axios | 02 Aug 18:52

Top HHS official: "We need to move on" from hydroxychloroquine


Trump administration testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an “effective” coronavirus treatment. Why it matters: President Trump has continued to advertise the antimalarial drug as a treatment for the virus, despite health officials' objections. What he's saying: "At this point in time, there's been five randomized-controlled, placebo-controlled trials that do not show any benefit to hydroxychloroquine. So, at this point in time, we don't recommend that as a treatment," Giroir said. “Most physicians and prescribers are evidence-based and they’re not influenced by whatever is on Twitter or anything else. And the evidence just doesn't show that hydroxychloroquine is effective right now.” "I think we need to...

Axios | 02 Aug 17:55

White House, Democrats no closer to reaching stimulus deal after unemployment benefits expire


Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the standoff on the next coronavirus stimulus package to ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Why it matters: Enhanced unemployment insurance expired for tens of millions of Americans on July 31, while those in talks to secure the next coronavirus stimulus package have made it clear that a deal is a long way off . What they're saying: "We have been for the $600. They have a $200 proposal, which does not meet the needs of America's working families. And it's a condescension, quite frankly, because they're saying, [they] really don't need it, they're just staying home, they're making more money because it's $600," Pelosi told ABC. Minutes later Mnuchin said on the same program: "We proposed a one-week extension at $600 so that w...

Vox - Front Page | 02 Aug 00:20

Lawmakers still “not close” to a coronavirus stimulus deal, a day after $600 federal relief expired


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters following an unsuccessful stimulus negotiation on July 30. | Samuel Corum/Getty Images Lawmakers met on Saturday to discuss replacing the expired unemployment program. They left without a deal. Congress adjourned for the week on Friday having failed to pass a new coronavirus stimulus bill, as the weekly $600 coronavirus unemployment payments 32 million people have come to rely on expired. With Democrats and Republicans still far apart on stimulus priorities, party leaders returned for talks on Saturday, in which they reportedly made “progress” — but are still far from passing ongoing relief. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pe...

Vox - Front Page | 31 Jul 23:00

Millions of people will see a sharp drop in their unemployment benefits because Congress failed to act


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak at the Capitol. | Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images Congress is treating an extraordinary crisis like any other deadline. In a shocking move even for Congress, the Senate has adjourned for the week while supplemental unemployment insurance for millions of Americans simply expires. These benefits — a key lifeline for many workers during the Covid-19 pandemic — are now set to lapse on Friday, with no clear indication of when they’ll be renewed. It’s a change poised to affect as many as 32 million people who are currently relying on the $600 weekly UI expansion allocated by the CARES Act. Since talks over extending this expansion have st...

Axios | 04 Aug 11:00

Trump: Coronavirus is “under control"


President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths. “They are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague,” he told Axios' Jonathan Swan. Reality check: The U.S. is averaging roughly 65,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths per day. The virus has already killed nearly 150,000 Americans, and it spread largely unchecked through almost the entire country throughout June and July. The big picture: In the interview, which took place last Tuesday, Trump returned to fam...

Axios | 04 Aug 05:49

Exclusive: Trump declines to praise Rep. John Lewis, citing inauguration snub


President Trump dismissed the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” saying only that Lewis made a “big mistake” by not coming to his inauguration. The big picture: Trump's comments were a glaring contrast with the praise Republicans and Democrats showered upon Lewis this week, and a default to personal grudges during a week of mourning for a civil rights hero. Driving the news: In the interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Trump said, “I really don't know” how history will remember the Democratic congressman. “I don't know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. ... I never met John Lewis, actually, I don’t believe.” When asked if he found Lewis’ life impressive, Trump responded, “He didn't come to my inauguration. He didn't come to my State ...

Axios | 04 Aug 05:46

Watch the full “Axios on HBO” interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan. The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.

Axios | 02 Aug 18:29

Preview: “Axios on HBO” interviews President Trump

In the next episode of “Axios on HBO,” President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with national political correspondent Jonathan Swan. Catch the full interview on Monday, Aug. 3, at 11pm ET/PT on all HBO platforms.

Axios | 04 Aug 11:40

The TikTok crackdown shows the U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules


President Trump's crackdown on TikTok suggests that the U.S. government is starting to see the internet more like China does — as a network that countries can and should control within their borders. The big picture: Today's global internet has split into three zones , according to many observers: The EU's privacy-focused network; China's government-dominated network; and the U.S.-led network dominated by a handful of American companies. TikTok's fate suggests China's model has U.S. fans as well. Why it matters: As the global internet splinters further, the U.S. and China look set to enter a Cold War-style battle for the hearts and minds of global users and developing nations. In this fight, U.S. nationalism may make a weaker case to the world than the ideal of internet freedom and open...

Axios | 03 Aug 20:23

Trump claims TikTok will be banned if not sold by Sept. 15


President Trump said Monday that TikTok will be shut down in the U.S. if it hasn't been bought by Microsoft or another company by Sept. 15. Why it matters: Trump appears to have backed off his threat to immediately ban TikTok after speaking with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said Sunday that the company will pursue discussions with TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to purchase the app in the U.S. The big picture: TikTok has come under intense scrutiny in the U.S. due to concerns that the vast amounts of data it collects could be accessed by the Chinese government, potentially posing a national security threat. Negotiations between TikTok and Microsoft will be overseen by a special government panel called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Reuter...

Axios | 01 Aug 05:33

Trump says he wants to ban TikTok app


President Trump said Friday that he plans to ban Chinese video app TikTok as soon as Saturday, via either executive order or emergency economic powers, according to White House press pool comments. Why it matters: TikTok has been caught in the crossfires of the United States' escalating tensions with China. What he's saying: "As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States. ... Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or [emergency economic powers]." Trump to reporters aboard AF1 Earlier on Friday , reports emerged that Microsoft is in talks to potentially acquire TikTok from its parent company, Bytedance (a group of investors has also r eportedly made a bid ). Yes, but: The president made it clear during his comments that he's not in favo...

Axios | 02 Aug 22:42

Trump demands death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber


President Trump on Sunday called for the federal government to seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, after federal appeals court tossed his sentence this week. The big picture: The Trump administration has rebooted federal executions after a nearly two decade lapse. The Justice Department scheduled two more executions on Friday. What he's saying: " Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this “was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities”. Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence. So many lives lost.... ....and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter ...

Vox - Front Page | 01 Aug 17:55

The Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence has been overturned


Television news crews film a courtroom sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside Boston’s Moakley Federal Courthouse in 2015. | Lane Turner/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bomber, will face a new sentencing trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in 2015; Friday, that death sentence was overturned when a federal appeals court ruled that the jury at Tsarnaev’s initial trial was not properly screened for bias. In the ruling, three judges from the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals called for a new sentencing trial to decide whether Tsarnaev will be executed or will live out the rest of his life in prison. That trial could happen in an appeals court, or head directly to the US Supreme Court. The...

Vox - Front Page | 31 Jul 21:47

Coronavirus: The debate over reopening America’s schools


Custodians wash classroom floors on July 9, 2020, at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School building in Boston’s Mattapan in preparation for the reopening of school.  | David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images All of Vox’s coverage on the complicated reopening of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. As back-to-school season approaches and the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, the debate surrounding whether or not to reopen US schools in the fall is heating up. Some are arguing that reopening schools is essential for economic recovery, for working parents, and for children’s learning, while others are worried about the safety risks when it comes to coronavirus transmission. States and cities across the United States are handling the complicated decision in different ways. Some K...

Quartz | 02 Aug 17:16

India has the world’s biggest cannabis industry that doesn’t exist yet


Cannabis is an ancient part of Indian culture. Indian entrepreneurs, sensing boundless opportunities, want to make it a new business.

Quartz | 02 Aug 17:12

The future of the cannabis industry in charts


Of the 40 leading public cannabis companies, 24 lost more than half their value in the last year and half.

Quartz | 02 Aug 17:11

Curaleaf wants to be the Starbucks of weed


Curaleaf's CEO Joe Lusardi on building "the first true national cannabis brand."

Axios | 04 Aug 12:19

BP's in the red, slashing its dividend and vowing a greener future


BP posted a $6.7 billion second-quarter loss and cut its dividend in half Tuesday while unveiling accelerated steps to transition its portfolio toward low-carbon sources. Why it matters: The announcement adds new targets and details to its February vow to become a "net-zero" emissions company by mid-century. It also signals how one of the world's most powerful fossil fuel companies is navigating a landscape upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has put immense financial pressure on even the largest players like BP, which in June announced plans to shed 10,000 jobs . BP essentially sped up plans to fill in big blanks about its repositioning that had been slated for September, though it still plans to provide more details next month. Driving the news: BP intends to cut its aggregat...

Axios | 04 Aug 12:00

Women-focused non-profit newsrooms surge forward in 2020


Women are pushing back against the gender imbalance in media by launching their own news nonprofits and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored. Why it matters: "The news business is already gendered," says Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*, a new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of women, politics and policy. "They (men) decide who's quoted, what experts are reflected, whether it lives on the home page or if a story is covered at all." Exclusive: Prism , a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)-led nonprofit news outlet, is launching this week to focus on coverage of electoral justice, gender justice, workers’ rights, criminal justice, racial justice and immigration, executives tell Axios. Prism soft-launche...

Axios | 04 Aug 11:30

GOP eyes "nightly surprise" for revamped convention


The reworked Republican National Convention will be a four-night spectacle including still-under-wraps venues, a 10 p.m. "nightly surprise" and guests and themes playing to "the forgotten men and women of America," two senior Trump campaign officials involved tell Axios. Driving the news: The messaging will focus heavily on "very granular details" of what a second term for President Trump would look like — answering a question Trump left hanging in a Fox News event earlier this summer — and attack cancel culture, "radical elements" of society and threats to public safety. Details: Trump is to be formally renominated by delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday, Aug. 24. But the aspects that most Americans associate with a convention — big speakers and special events — will be he...

Axios | 04 Aug 11:00

Axios-Ipsos poll: Fear of voting


Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to worry about in-person voting — with nearly two in three seeing it as a large or moderate risk to their health — according to this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index . Why it matters: This could pose a significant disadvantage for Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates in November if the pattern holds — especially in states where high infection rates persist, or where there are significant hurdles to mail-in, absentee or early voting. It doesn't necessarily mean those Democrats won't vote in person. Many of them could decide it's worth the risk. But their fears almost certainly increase the odds that some won't v...

Axios | 04 Aug 06:18

Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina


Hurricane Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Ocean Isle Beach in southern North Carolina at 11:10 p.m. ET Monday, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, per the National Hurricane Center (NHC). What's happening: Hurricane conditions were spreading onto the coast of eastern South Carolina and southeastern N.C., the NHC said in an 11 p.m. update . Bill Saffo, mayor of Wilmington, N.C., on the coast from Ocean Isle Beach, told MSNBC as the storm hit: "We're seeing a lot of wind, a lot of power outages, a lot of tornado warnings." At 8:21 p.m., Horry County Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to a sinking vehicle call in floodwater at 4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. The single occupant was able to get out, and there are no reported injuries. #HCFR pic.twitter.com/qqB5BnZGdr — Horr...

Axios | 02 Aug 03:04

Tropical Storm Isaias expected to strengthen into hurricane as it nears Florida


As Tropical Storm Isaias neared Florida's east coast Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) urged communities to "remain vigilant and be prepared for heavy rain, strong winds and potential flooding." The state of play: After pummeling the Bahamas and parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a Category 1 storm Friday, Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane Saturday evening. But the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Isaias was expected to " regain hurricane strength " overnight. Here are the 5pm Key Messages on #Isaias . Hurricane conditions are still expected along portions of the Florida east coast on Sunday. Go to https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN for detailed local information. The latest advisory is at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/DCnawp12kC — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_A...

Axios | 04 Aug 05:48

Exclusive: Trump stokes fears of election-night mail voting fraud


President Trump raised new alarms about the alleged danger of election fraud in an interview with "Axios on HBO," warning that "lots of things can happen" with voting by mail if the presidential race isn't decided on election night. Why it matters: Trump's comments — which contradict the lengthy history and widespread use of mail-in voting — could be a preview of the claims he'll make on election night to undermine trust in the results if he appears to be losing. Election experts say there's a good chance that the presidential race won't be decided on election night, and could drag on for days, because so many people will vote by mail to protect themselves from the coronavirus. One expert's scenario suggests that the early returns could favor Trump because most Republicans will vote in ...

Axios | 01 Aug 18:21

Rubio says he's "not concerned" about mail-in voting in Florida


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a Trump campaign press call on Saturday that he's "not concerned" about the safety of mail-in voting in Florida. Why it matters: President Trump has blasted mail-in voting as unsafe and subject to fraud ahead of the 2020 election. The coronavirus pandemic has increased the push for mail-in voting as Americans look to socially distance and avoid crowded polling places. Survey research from one of Trump's campaign pollsters in May showed broad support for more absentee voting and openness to vote-by-mail expansions amid the pandemic. Between the lines via Axios' Alayna Treene: Many Republican leaders privately admit that the president's messaging condemning mail-in voting is problematic. They recognize that absentee ballots are needed to secure necessary ...

Axios | 04 Aug 01:03

Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations


The Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an SEC filing published Monday. Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its Q2 earnings report , could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a bitcoin scam . A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment when asked if the company was denying the FTC's allegations, and said the company had followed standard accounting rules to estimate the settlement. Twitter received the FTC's complaint on July 28. The backdrop: The FTC is alleging that Twitter violated its 2011 agreement to stop misleading consum...

Axios | 03 Aug 19:33

Filing suggests Manhattan district attorney is investigating Trump for possible fraud


The Manhattan District Attorney's office suggested for the first time Monday that it's investigating President Trump and his company for "alleged bank and insurance fraud," the New York Times first reported. The state of play: The disclosure was made in a filing in federal court that seeks to force accounting firm Mazars USA to comply with a subpoena for eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax returns. The big picture: The revelation comes less than a month after the Supreme Court paved the way for District Attorney Cy Vance's subpoena, ruling that presidents cannot be immune from investigation. The filing suggests that Vance's investigation, which was believed to be examining hush money payments made by Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen during the 2016 election, is much broa...

Axios | 03 Aug 23:48

"Tenet" may be the first major film to get a worldwide theatrical release during the pandemic


If all goes to plan, Christopher Nolan's thrice-delayed "Tenet" will be the first blockbuster to receive a proper worldwide theatrical release amid the coronavirus pandemic at the end of this month. Why it matters: It'll be playing a $200 million game of chicken, hoping to prove that people across the globe are still willing to trek to theaters to see a splashy new movie. The state of play: Warner Bros. will open "Tenet" in 70 countries , including China, the U.K., Canada and South Korea, on Aug. 26. But it won't see a U.S. release until a week later. As the rest of the world begins to slowly reopen, Hollywood is eager to get rolling again as major releases have been on pause since the pandemic kicked off in March. The current strategy for "Tenet" risks leaving much of the U.S. behind —...

Quartz | 03 Aug 21:26

The summer movie event of 2020 was released in 2014


Many theaters around the world have reopened (with reduced capacity) but they have nothing new to show audiences.

Vox - Front Page | 03 Aug 23:00

Alabama’s and Mississippi’s troubling Covid-19 curves, briefly explained


Covid Tracking Project National Covid-19 cases appear to be plateauing, but new hot spots are emerging. For the first time in a while, there is a bit of good news to report about America’s coronavirus pandemic : Nationally, cases have plateaued — and in some places, they have begun to decline slightly. But, as always is the case when looking at the national numbers, the situation is more complicated than it seems. Over the last two weeks, the average number of new cases reported daily has dipped from more than 66,000 to roughly 60,000, according to the Covid Exit Strategy tracker . The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 nationwide has also fallen in the last 10 days, which would suggest an ebb in the virus’s spread. The explanation for the drops is pretty simple: Arizona, Flor...

Axios | 03 Aug 22:17

13 members of St. Louis Cardinals test positive for coronavirus


Seven players and six staff members from the St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, prompting the MLB to postpone the team's upcoming four-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Why it matters: Seven consecutive Cardinals games have now been canceled after St. Louis became the second team to report a significant coronavirus outbreak, just two weeks into the season. The state of play: The team has been in quarantine in Milwaukee since Thursday, when the first cases were reported. The Cardinals' "tentative plan" is to resume its regular schedule against the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis on Friday. The big picture: The Miami Marlins have had 20 people, including 18 players, test positive since last Sunday, forcing a pause on their season. Unlike the N...