And the international community condemns Belarus after its daring move to jail an opposition journalist.
And the international community condemns Belarus after its daring move to jail an opposition journalist.
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"The CEOs don't want to be testifying. Even having this collective hearing creates a sense of quasi-guilt just because of who else has gotten called in like this — Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Banks. That's not a crowd they want to be associated with." — Paul Gallant, a tech policy analyst, on Wednesday's Big Tech antitrust House hearing.
The Big Four tech CEOs will testify Wednesday before the House antitrust subcommittee. In the most anticipated antitrust hearings in decades, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google bosses will be interrogated about a variety of market-dominating practices.
AG Bill Barr is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Democrats are challenging him on his intervention in the Stone and Flynn cases, the Lafayette Square assault, and the Portland protests, among other matters. Barr is unapologetic and accused Democrats of trying to discredit him.
The Trump campaign has "masked" $170 million in campaign spending, alleges campaign finance watchdog. The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC that that campaign "disguised" spending by funneling it through organizations controlled by people involved in the campaign, such as Brad Parscale. The FEC has no quorum and so can't enforce campaign finance laws.
The Trump administration dispatched another 100 federal agents to Portland. They join the 114 feds already there. Nightly protests have grown since the feds stepped up their presence two weeks ago.
VIEWS OF THE DAY
Big Tech has no friends in Washington
On Wednesday the CEOs of the four biggest tech companies — Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple — will testify before a House subcommittee via Zoom. They will have no friends.
Over the last few years both Republicans and Democrats have begun to look at Silicon Valley with a great deal of skepticism, and there are now pro-antitrust factions on both sides of the aisle. This hearing will be conducted by the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, which is helmed by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline with GOP Rep. Doug Collins serving as Ranking Member. Both of these gentlemen have a history of supporting antitrust legislation that goes back to before the Trump administration started. Expect the politicians on this subcommittee to know their stuff in a way we have not seen in previous hearings.
It's also become clear that politicians on both sides of the aisle think they can score political points with their base by beating up on these executives. On Monday, GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida — who is more known for partisan stunts than any productive legislation — filed a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Gaetz accused Zuckerberg of lying to Congress in 2018 when Zuckerberg denied that there was any bias against conservative speech on Facebook.
Facebook's own internal reports actually show a bias toward conservative content, and the top 10 most shared posts on the platform every day are consistently from conservative outlets. But it's clear Gaetz thinks his base will appreciate this spectacle.
A few things to know going in:
Americans are forming fewer small businesses than they ever have in decades.
In this hearing Facebook is going to try to argue that we need it to counter similar platforms coming out of China. I don't expect anyone on this subcommittee to buy that argument, especially not when it comes to breaking up Instagram, Facebook, and Whatsapp.
Expect Jeff Bezos to get beat up over the fact that Amazon pays so little tax. In 2019 Amazon paid about $162 million in federal tax while rival Wal-Mart paid $3 billion.
Apple will likely get knocked for "rent seeking," as gatekeeper to the app market. Spotify has been arguing that Apple Music has an unfair advantage because it doesn't have to pay Apple to be in the App Store. It'll also get knocked for undercutting rivals with Apple TV+.
Google will, of course, be called to answer for its dominance over search and the hellscape that is YouTube. —LL
Yes, but "Big Tech" has a point: It's a global market. If we hobble US companies, we'll open the door even wider for China, et al.
Many Americans are frustrated with the power and influence of tech-powered American companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. The answer, many people say, is to break the companies up.
At the same time, many Americans worry that heavily regulated American companies are losing ground to companies based in other countries that aren't subject to the same rules.
Well, we can't have it both ways.
We live in a global economy, with global companies. If we want US companies to be competitive with global companies, we need to remember that US regulators don't set the rules for the whole world. — HB
More local COVID deaths mean less support for Trump
President Trump was "bored" by the pandemic, until he realized it was hitting "our people." Here's why he better keep paying attention to Covid.
In a remarkable display of data wizardry, the New York Times merges disparate information about COVID and polls to show that higher local death rates are associated with a drop in support for Trump and other Republican candidates.
The drop isn't huge: A doubled death rate causes Republicans to lose one-third of a point. But it's real: That decline is not occurring in states such as Wyoming that have so far ducked Covid. The Times likens this Covid shadow to historical polls showing that combat deaths grind down politicians' popular support.
If this effect continues through Election Day, it could make a genuine difference in presidential swing states and tight Senate races, given that the virus is ravaging Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Georgia.
More than anything, this data might cause President Trump to keep paying attention to the pandemic. Even if he cares little about Americans in swing states dying, he cares a lot about Americans in swing states voting. — DP
Yes, this Georgia Senate ad was anti-Semitic
GOP Sen. David Perdue of Georgia has yanked down a Facebook ad he was running against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. The ad showed a photo of Ossoff in which his nose — and only his nose — was digitally lengthened and widened, along with a message that Democrats were trying "to buy" Georgia. The ad also included an image of Sen. Chuck Schumer, who, like Ossoff, is a Jewish Democrat.
Perdue's campaign deleted the ad, feebly claiming that an "unintentional error" by a contractor had distorted the photo, and that Perdue had never seen it.
But this is textbook anti-Semitism, Jews trying to use their money to deceive the good people of Georgia. It's not even a dog whistle. It's a whistle. — DP
Disney is strange during COVID Times
The parks are largely empty, public health warnings klaxon every few minutes, the costumed characters keep their distance, you never have to wait in line, Graeme Wood writes in the Atlantic.
"The experience of Disney World under these circumstances is one of unsettling solitude….What is an amusement park in which visible smiles are forbidden, and laughter and screams of delight are muffled to the point of inaudibility?"
Working there is not so hotsy-totsy either. An anonymous Epcot employee describes their job now as an experience of cognitive dissonance — trying to maintain the trademark Disney good cheer while being deadly serious about masks and distancing. — DP
Is it just me, or does $250 billion seem cheap for some peace of mind?
Republicans have released their proposal to Democrats for the next coronavirus aid bill. It includes reducing the federal boost to unemployment checks from $600 a week to $200 a week. Then in October states would start reimbursing 70% of pre-pandemic wages.
Analysts at Raymond James estimate this plan will cost $100 billion. Keeping the $600 a week payments til the end of the year would cost $250 billion more.
Maybe I've become desensitized to eye-popping numbers. Maybe I just remember that the Federal Reserve spent $500 billion buying corporate bonds a few months ago and no one batted an eye, so what's $250 billion to keep people in their homes during a pandemic?
After all, the sooner the government gets the pandemic under control, the sooner people can get to work. Until that happens, Republicans are trying to push people to go back to jobs that don't exist. The people who should really be pressured into going to work right now are in Washington. — LL
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
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Hold onto your medals, Simone Biles.On Tuesday, Boston Dynamics posted a new video of its robot, Atlas, showing off some gymnastic skills.Atlas, the almost 5-foot robot, completes a series of somersaults, jumps, twists and a handstand before sticking the landing.On its site, Boston Dynamics attributes Atlas' range of motion to the robot's 28 hydraulic joints."Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next," Boston Dynamics said in the video description."Using this approach, we developed the routine significantly faster than previous Atlas routines, with a performance success rate of about 80%."
By now you’ve seen the video—at the beginning of her floor routine at the US Gymnastics Championships last weekend, Simone Biles barrels across the mat at ludicrous speed.Without losing much velocity, she pivots 180 degrees (a sort of y-axis cartwheel called a round-off) and goes into a handspring.After that, it’ll be called the Biles II, because she’s the first woman gymnast to nail it.So how does four feet and eight inches of raw athletic prowess pull off a move that would make a Jedi say “wait, what?” Well, physics, for sure, as my colleague Rhett Allain notes.(Though it also requires that she, and every other gymnast, synchronize their movements to the resonant frequency of the undulating surface.)Even for maneuvers less airborne than Biles’—like, say, two backwards somersaults in rapid succession—forces can reach 17 times the gymnast’s body weight, and Biles is pulling even more force here.
That means she rotates around an axis going through her hips twice while at the same time rotating about an axis going from head to toe THREE times.Yes, it's difficult—but it doesn't defy physics, it uses physics.Let's go over the three key parts of this move.You can follow the physics, but I don't recommend trying this triple-double in your backyard.Otherwise, you are just a human rolling around on the floor.All free-falling objects on the surface of the Earth have the same acceleration of -9.8 m/s2.
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What do Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Simone Biles, and SonicFox all have in common?They’re all nominated alongside other dominant athletes to be recognized at ESPN’s 2019 ESPY award ceremony.For the first time, esports professionals will be recognized with its own award category alongside four other new categories.The nominees for the “Best Esports Moment” cover a large chunk of the professional competitive gaming industry.The nominees highly notable moments in fighting games, MOBAs, and first-person shooters and highlights competitions all around the world.The six nominees for “Best Esports Moment” are:
Most marketers would be over the moon if they got the chance to feature Serena Williams in an ad.Then there’s Beats by Dre, whose newest spot from agency Zambezi is a mere 60 seconds long yet features all of the above, plus an additional 13 high-profile athletes.Oh, and it’s directed by Hiro Murai, who helmed Childish Gambino’s incredible video for “This Is America.” Murai won a Grammy for that one, and on a related note, do you know who has seven Grammys?Beck, whose previously unreleased track “Saw Lightning” is the soundtrack for this ad.But packing a ton of celebs into an ad isn’t necessarily a formula that always begets quality.So how did this one turn out?
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are still two years away, but that hasn’t stopped NBCUniversal from kicking off its marketing campaign, with a 60-second spot that will run across platforms.The spot, featuring top U.S. athletes in prior competitions, shows the hashtag, TokyoOlympics.NBC Sports will also air a week of programming featuring U.S. Olympians, with more than 20 hours of swimming from the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, gymnastics at the 2018 GK U.S. Classic and cycling during the 105th Tour de France.Among the athletes in those competitions will be popular Olympians including Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Simone Biles and Greg Van Avermaet.Content will be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.An hourlong documentary documenting the Unified Korean Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea called “We Are One” will also air Wednesday at 9 p.m.