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Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced on Twitter Sunday. Why it matters: He's the first U.S. senator to test positive. According to his office, Paul is asymptomatic and was not aware of making direct contact with an infected person. Paul, a licensed physician and notorious deficit hawk, was the only senator to vote against a bipartisan $8 billion deal to provide emergency coronavirus funding earlier this month. He sought to introduce an amendment that would take the funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International...

March 22, 2020
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New Google Rules Aim to Boost Original Reporting in Search Results

New Google Rules Aim to Boost Original Reporting in Search Results

Google said Thursday that it has recently adjusted its algorithms and the guidelines used by the people that rate its search results to elevate original reporting. Why it matters: The moves aim to provide an incentive for news organizations to focus on fresh reporting as opposed to quick aggregation of other news reports. Details: Google has rolled out 2 updates over the past few months. The company has adjusted its algorithms to ensure that original reporting stays near the top of search results longer. It has updated the guidelines that people use to evaluate search ratings to help...

September 12, 2019
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Why "white privilege" has become such a flashpoint in American race relations

Why "white privilege" has become such a flashpoint in American race relations

"White privilege" has become a common phrase in Americans' conversations about race — and that's unsettling many white Americans because they think it undervalues their struggles or questions the legitimacy of their successes. Why it matters: The term is a new weapon — and fault line — in American culture and politics. It’s one of a growing list of phrases different sides view very differently. The big picture: The dynamics of "white privilege" were first popularized by Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh in a 1988 paper, but interest in the term has recently exploded. Google...

August 18, 2019
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What the Deadliest Mass Shootings Have in Common

What the Deadliest Mass Shootings Have in Common

The deadliest mass shootings in recent history have had one thing in common: the perpetrator used an assault rifle. Why it matters: These weapons possess an incredible amount of killing power, and amplify the destructive will of the person who carries out an attack. Nine people died and 27 were injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio in an attack that lasted 32 seconds. The killer used an AR-15 style assault rifle. Since 1999, there have been 115 mass shootings (defined below) in which 941 people were killed and 1,431 were injured. Of those 115 attacks, 32 — just over a quarter —...

September 7, 2019
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Andrew Yang Gets Media Cold Shoulder

Andrew Yang Gets Media Cold Shoulder

Despite polling in the top 6 of the Democratic primary and getting plenty of online attention, businessman Andrew Yang is being treated by the media like a bottom-tier candidate. Why it matters: The discrepancy between demonstrated voter support and the level of media coverage — both on cable and in the online world — shows that the press is in unfamiliar territory in covering a candidate from outside the political world who keeps a low profile. Driving the news: Last week, Yang supporters complained of a #YangMediaBlackout after CNN left their candidate off on-screen polling graphics of...

September 3, 2019
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Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen

Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen

Criminals may have stolen as much as half of the unemployment benefits the U.S. has been pumping out over the past year, some experts say. Why it matters: Unemployment fraud during the pandemic could easily reach $400 billion, according to some estimates, and the bulk of the money likely ended in the hands of foreign crime syndicates — making this not just theft, but a matter of national security. Catch up quick: When the pandemic hit, states weren't prepared for the unprecedented wave of unemployment claims they were about to face. They all knew fraud was inevitable, but decided getting...

June 10, 2021
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Reddit bans The_Donald forum as part of major hate speech purge

Reddit bans The_Donald forum as part of major hate speech purge

Reddit says it is banning its controversial subreddit channel r/The_Donald, one of the company's largest political communities and a longstanding hub of support for President Trump, along with 2,000 other subreddit groups and users that violate new content policies aimed at hate speech. Why it matters: Reddit becomes the latest social media platform, in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests, to take action against Trump or his supporters for violating rules or misleading users. What they're saying: In a conversation with reporters, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said that...

June 29, 2020
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Most-Shared Links During Debate Were Pro-Trump Tweets Pushed by Bots

Most-Shared Links During Debate Were Pro-Trump Tweets Pushed by Bots

More than 1,000 accounts across several different social media platforms with suspicious, bot-like characteristics helped push quote tweets, a tweet that is retweeted but additional text is added, from Donald Trump campaign accounts during the third primary debate, according to an analysis provided to Axios by social media intelligence company Storyful. Those tweets accounted for the top 3 most-shared links across several social media platforms, including Facebook, Reddit, etc., during the debate. Why it matters: Despite attempts by social media companies to weed out malicious behavior...

September 14, 2019
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Facebook launches its TikTok rival, Instagram Reels

Facebook launches its TikTok rival, Instagram Reels

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosFacebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday launched its answer to the popular karaoke app TikTok, .The big picture: Facebook has a long record — sometimes successful, sometimes not — of adopting features that have proven popular on rival platforms and rolling them out to its billions of users worldwide in an effort to avoid being eclipsed by younger upstarts. Driving the news: Reels enters the fray as TikTok, threatened with a ban by President Trump because of its Chinese ownership, has to be acquired by Microsoft.Be smart: Reels is the first product Instagram has...

August 5, 2020
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Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosGoogle has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year — and eventually Chromebooks as well, Axios has learned.Why it matters: The move could help Google better compete with Apple, which designs its own chips. It would be a blow to Qualcomm, which supplies processors for many current high-end phones, including the Pixel.Details:A Google representative declined to comment for this story.The big picture: The main processor, though just one component in a smartphone, plays an...

April 14, 2020
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