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One Candidate In, One Candidate Out: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch up on the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Here’s our latest edition:

Three months to the day after he announced his presidential campaign, saying he was “burning the boats” behind him and would not run for re-election to Congress, Representative Eric Swalwell of California ended his presidential campaign and said he would run for re-election to Congress.

Less than 24 hours later, the California billionaire Tom Steyer — who had said in January that he would not run for president — said he would run for president, because the 2020 gods have decreed that the Democratic field shall not dip below two dozen.

Mr. Swalwell had centered his campaign on reducing gun violence, calling, among other things, for a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons. But while gun control has been a much bigger issue in the 2020 race than in previous cycles, it was not enough to get Mr. Swalwell past 1 percent in the polls.

Mr. Steyer, the new entrant, is best known for his activism around climate change and for his efforts to persuade Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. He says he will spend $100 million on his campaign. That’s more than the five highest-polling Democrats have raised in the past three months combined.

Which Democrats Are Leading the 2020 Presidential Race?

June 14, 2019

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Senator Kamala Harris proposed a $100 billion fund to help people of color buy homes in historically redlined communities.CreditDonald Traill/Invision, via Associated Press

Seven presidential candidates spoke over the weekend at the Essence Festival, an annual music and culture event geared toward black women.

Senators Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts used the occasion to introduce new proposals aimed at closing the racial wealth gap.

The centerpiece of Ms. Harris’s plan is a $100 billion fund to help people of color buy homes in historically redlined communities. She says it would help up to four million families or individuals with down payments and closing costs.

Ms. Warren called for new requirements for the recipients of the $500 billion in contracts the federal government awards each year: Contractors would have to pay women and people of color equally and would be barred from asking about past salaries and criminal records.

Also at the festival were Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado and Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, and Mayors Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Bill de Blasio of New York.

More on inequality
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May 10, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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April 6, 2019

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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign released his most recent tax returns on Tuesday.CreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York Times

We learned a bit more about some of the candidates’ finances this week, with new information about Ms. Warren’s second-quarter fund-raising and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s personal wealth.

On Monday, Ms. Warren’s campaign announced that she had raised $19.1 million in the past three months. At the moment, that puts her behind only Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg for that period.

Then, on Tuesday, Mr. Biden’s campaign released his tax returns. The documents showed that Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, reported an adjusted gross income of about $11 million in 2017 and $4.6 million in 2018 — far more than any of his major primary opponents. Ms. Harris and her husband have reported the next-highest income: $3.4 million over those two years.

This week we learned that the third set of Democratic primary debates will be held in (drumroll, please): Houston!

Yes, Texas will play host to what could be a two-night event on Sept. 12 and 13. The debate (or debates) will be broadcast by ABC News and the Spanish-language network Univision.

The Democratic National Committee has tightened the requirements for the ABC debate such that less than half of the current 24-person field is likely to qualify. As a result, it could look and feel significantly different than the June debates and the ones coming up this month in Detroit.

We also got more information this week about those Detroit debates, which CNN will broadcast on July 30 and 31. We learned they will be moderated by two of the network’s leading political correspondents, Dana Bash and Jake Tapper, along with the prime-time anchor Don Lemon. And in a move borrowed from the world of reality television, CNN will broadcast a live drawing on July 18 in prime time to determine which of the qualifying candidates will appear on which night.

Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would push to investigate allegations of criminal abuse of immigrants.CreditTiffany Brown Anderson for The New York Times

Ms. Warren unveiled a key element of her policy agenda on Thursday, a detailed proposal to overhaul the country’s immigration system.

She would seek to decriminalize unauthorized border crossings, establish judicial review for immigration cases and create an “Office of New Americans” that would provide services to immigrants transitioning into American society.

A Warren administration, she said, would also investigate allegations of criminal abuse of immigrants under the Trump administration and would allow far more refugees into the country.

Much of the rest of her plan, which she posted on Medium, is similar to what other candidates have suggested. She seeks to reverse what she calls “bigoted” policies imposed by the Trump administration, expand pathways to citizenship for immigrants and spend more on aid to Central America to help address the root causes of migration.

“Donald Trump wants to divide us — to pit worker against worker, neighbor against neighbor,” Ms. Warren wrote. “We can be better than this.”

  • Mr. Buttigieg, whose campaign is struggling to appeal to African-American voters, released a plan to “dismantle racist structures and systems” in the government. His goals include eliminating federal incarceration for drug possession and reducing sentences for other drug offenses; legalizing marijuana at the federal level; and abolishing the death penalty and mandatory minimum sentencing.

  • Ms. Harris wants to provide $1 billion to eliminate rape kit backlogs and prevent future ones. To receive funding, states would have to report, every year, how many untested rape kits they had; process all new kits within a certain period of time; give victims status reports on their rape kits; and make the kits more accessible in rural areas.

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota released a “plan for seniors” that addresses Alzheimer’s disease, prescription drug costs and financial security in retirement. She is proposing more funding for caregivers, and for research on Alzheimer’s and other chronic conditions. Her plan also includes a perennial Democratic call to allow the government to negotiate prices directly with pharmaceutical companies, and a provision that would effectively increase Social Security taxes for wealthy Americans.

  • Mr. Steyer introduced his first proposal, with the lofty goal of “fixing the broken political system in Washington.” The plan, which he described in a video, calls for imposing congressional term limits, establishing independent redistricting commissions to prevent gerrymandering, reversing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and introducing a “vote-at-home system.”

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What is the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale?

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Hurricanes are categorized using what’s known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) explains online that it “is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.”

Different types of damage may occur depending on each storm category. Read on to see what they signify.

Category 1, sustained winds of 74 – 95 mph

For storms in this category, there’s going to be “some damage” from winds, the NHC advises.

Large tree branches and shallow trees could be knocked down, according to the agency. Gutters, roofs, shingles and vinyl siding for what it calls “well-constructed frame homes” could be affected, too.

Category 2, sustained winds of 96 – 110 mph

“Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage,” the NHC warns for such storms.

There may be power outages “that could last from several days to weeks.”

Category 3, sustained winds of 111 – 129 mph

Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5 storms are all labeled “major” hurricanes.

With Category 3, there will be “devastating” damage, according to the NHC.

“Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends,” the agency warns. There also may be no water or electricity for days to weeks after the storm moves along.

Category 4, sustained winds of 130 – 156 mph

“Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls,” the NHC explains.

For both Category 4 and Category 5 storms, “catastrophic” damage is forecast: they involve residential areas being cut off by trees and power poles that have come down, the agency says, and there may be months-long power outages.

Category 5, sustained winds of 157 mph or higher

This is the highest rating for hurricanes on the scale.

“A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse,” according to the NHC. 

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Climate Change Fuels Wetter Storms — Storms Like Barry

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Clouds from Tropical Storm Barry spin over downtown New Orleans on Saturday. The storm has been fueled by climate change, which is also exacerbating potential flooding.

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People across southern Louisiana are spending the weekend worried about flooding. The water is coming from every direction: the Mississippi River is swollen with rain that fell weeks ago farther north, and a storm called Barry is pushing ocean water onshore while it drops more rain from above.

It’s a situation driven by climate change, and one that Louisiana has never dealt with, at least in recorded history. And it’s raising questions about whether New Orleans and other communities are prepared for such an onslaught.

“It is noteworthy that we’re in our 260th day of a flood fight on the Mississippi River, the longest in history, and that this is the first time in history a hurricane will strike Louisiana while the Mississippi River has been at flood stage,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in response to a question about climate change at a Friday news conference.

“If we anticipate that this could happen with more frequency going forward, then it has to inform a lot of things we do in the state of Louisiana to prepare for disasters in the future,” the governor continued.

Warm Water, Warm Air

The storm called Barry formed over hotter-than-usual water in the Gulf of Mexico, and that helped it gain strength and pick up moisture.

That makes Barry the latest in a string of recent tropical storms and hurricanes whose greatest threat is rain, not wind; most notably Harvey in Texas and Florence in the Carolinas.

Studies of those previous hurricanes, as well as other storms, have found that warm water and warm air both contribute to deadly flooding. The warm water evaporates and the warm air acts like a sponge for moisture that then falls as extreme rain. A study published last year found that hurricanes including Katrina, Irma and Maria are dumping about 5 to 10% more rain than they would have if global warming wasn’t happening.

Another study found that the amount of rain that fell on the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 was equal to the amount of water that evaporated from the Gulf into the storm as it formed.

Barry has another thing in common with recent storms: it’s moving extremely slowly. On Saturday morning, it was traveling toward land at just a few miles per hour.

A study published last year found that slower tropical cyclones — which include hurricanes and tropical storms — are getting more common. Researchers looked at tropical cyclones around the world and found they have slowed down 10% in the past 70 years.

When storms move slowly over the water, it can give them more time to gain strength and pick up moisture, but the real danger is when storms move slowly after they make landfall, dumping rain on one area for hours or even days.

If Barry were to stall over southern Louisiana this weekend, it could drop more than 15 inches of rain. As a result, flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for the entire region.

The Wettest Year

The rain from Barry is falling onto a Lower Mississippi River region that is already saturated with water from the wettest 12-month period on record.

The rain started months ago, hundreds of miles north of Louisiana. Waves of extreme rain have battered communities along the Mississippi River and its tributaries since February, from the Dakotas and Minnesota down through Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri.

Unlike Barry, the storms did not have names, but they, nonetheless, flooded homes and farm land across an enormous swath of the Central U.S. It’s the latest, and one of the most extreme, examples of an uptick in the number of extreme rain events in many parts of the U.S. as the earth gets hotter.

“Increasing precipitation, especially heavy rain events, has increased the overall flood risk,” according to the most recent National Climate Assessment.

The water from this spring’s rains flowed downstream, into the Mississippi River and down toward the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, the Mississippi River in New Orleans was already high when Barry arrived, pushing ocean water upstream as storm surge, and dumping rain onto the region.

The initial storm surge did not cause the river to flood overnight on Friday — good news for low-lying New Orleans. But, as rain falls throughout the weekend, the river is forecast to keep rising, putting even more pressure on the levee system that protects the city.

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Hurricane Barry’s health risks: 3 things to watch out for

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As Hurricane Barry continues to hurtle toward the Lousiana coast, residents prepare for the destruction the storm could bring. But aside from wreaking havoc with its potentially harmful storm surges, flooding and winds, tropical storms and hurricanes, specifically, are also known to pose health risks to those affected by them.

Read on for a look at three health concerns that could affect residents after Hurricane Barry makes landfall.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY COULD BRING CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGES: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?

Contaminated water

Hurricanes put water supplies at risk for contamination, according to the Florida Department of Health. Heavy flooding typically increases the risk, as do storm surges.

Water treatment plants, in particular, may cease to operate either during or after the storm — and flooding may taint water lines with harmful bacteria.

Drinking or wading in flood water can be dangerous, presenting the risk of parasitic or bacterial infections from E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, and rotavirus, Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez said after Hurricane Irma.

“In addition, some may get infected with Cryptosporidium, a parasite that can live in water for up to 10 days,” he warned at the time.

Mold

Mold is also a dangerous health hazard after a hurricane.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people should assume they have mold if their house floods and is unable to be completely dried within 24 to 48 hours.

Mold can cause eye and skin irritations, allergic reactions and asthma attacks. It can be especially dangerous to those who already have weakened immune systems, the CDC said. If you enter a potentially moldy home or site after a hurricane, be sure to wear protective gloves and goggles, and use a mask or N95 respirator.

‘Trench foot’

Feet drenched in unsanitary water for long periods of time are susceptible to a condition called “trench foot,” the CDC warns.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, numbness, tingling sensation, itching, blotchy skin, coldness or a heavy feeling in the foot, according to the CDC, which noted that pain, redness, and blisters are also common.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

To prevent trench foot, it’s important to clean and air-dry feet after wearing wet socks and shoes — though Healthline reported it’s important to air dry feet “even if you don’t think your feet got wet.”

Wet socks and shoes should also be exchanged for dry ones as soon as possible, the CDC recommends.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: July 13

On this day, July 13 …

2018: A grand jury indictment, as announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and sought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that the Russian government was behind a sweeping conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The grand jury indicts 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges that they had hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party, releasing tens of thousands of stolen and politically damaging communications. 

Also on this day:

  • 1960: John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles, outdrawing rivals including Lyndon B. Johnson, Stuart Symington and Adlai Stevenson.
  • 1973: Former presidential aide Alexander P. Butterfield reveals to Senate Watergate Committee staff members the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret White House taping system.
  • 1977: A blackout hits New York City in the mid-evening as lightning strikes on electrical equipment causes power to fail; widespread looting breaks out. (The electricity would be restored about 25 hours later.)
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(Original Caption) Detroit, Michigan: Lee A. Iacocca, photographed under the Ford emblem at a news conference, was elected earlier as President of the Ford Motor Company by the board of directors. Iacocca joined the company 24 years ago. The announcement was made by Henry Ford II, board chairman.

  • 1978: Lee Iacocca is fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
  • 1985: “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, takes place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.
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  • 1990: “Ghost,” starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, is released by Paramount Pictures.
  • 1999: Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the “Railroad Killer,” surrenders in El Paso, Texas. 
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The federal probe of George Zimmerman was opened two years ago following Trayvon Martin’s high-profile shooting death in Sanford, Fla. (AP) (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • 2013: A jury in Sanford, Fla., clears neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing sparked a debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice that divided the nation.
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Wimbledon: Simona Halep's dominant win spoils Serena Williams' bid for 24th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams’ bid for a 24th Grand Slam title was spoiled Saturday by No. 7 seed Simona Halep, who dominated Williams 6-2, 6-2 at Wimbledon.

This is Halep’s first Wimbledon championship, with her only other major title coming at the 2018 French Open.

Though Williams has won seven times at the All England Club, this is the second consecutive year she has fallen short in the finals. 

“When someone plays lights out, there’s really not much you can do,” Williams said. “I think my opponent just played unbelievable.”

Williams had previously beaten Halep all three times the two met in Grand Slam matches, but Saturday was a different story. The match was never particularly close, with Halep winning the first four games en route to a surprisingly easy victory in straight sets, holding Williams without a single break point. 

“I think I played my best tennis ever,” Halep said. “I just didn’t think about what is happening and where I am, I just wanted to be aggressive, to play my plan.”

Halep said she tried not to think about facing one of the greatest players in the sport during the match. 

“I don’t put pressure on myself,” Halep said. “Everything I focused on, it was myself and the fact that I played great in the semifinals and I have the game to play on grass.”

The loss is Williams’ worst in her Wimbledon finals career; she had never finished with fewer than five games won. She’s also never been defeated in such dominant fashion at any Grand Slam final.

Williams, who was seeded 11th this week, hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since the Australian Open in 2017.

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Hurricane Barry Live Updates: Storm Is Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane

Here’s what you need to know:

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Charmiker Lewis, right, with Delmyree Stott, 6, along a flooded ramp on the Mississippi River walkway in New Orleans on Friday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

Tropical Storm Barry began to sweep into south Louisiana on Saturday and was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. The storm strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained wind speeds at 75 miles per hour.

Barry is moving at 5 m.p.h., about 40 miles south of Lafayette.

The storm is now at hurricane strength. But wind speeds are not what is troubling much of the region. Experts predict possible rains of up to 25 inches in parts of southern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi, and the slow-moving storm could create big flooding risks in inland areas like greater Baton Rouge. Officials issued mandatory evacuation orders in communities along the coast, including parts of Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes.

More than 63,000 people were out of power in Louisiana as of about 9 a.m. on Saturday, according to the state’s largest energy companies.

Electric crews worked on a downed power line on Saturday morning in Morgan City, La.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times

Entergy Louisiana reported that 54,938 of its customers had been affected by power failures, mostly in the southern parts of the state. Two other power companies reported a combined 8,000 customers affected.

All morning flights in and out of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport were canceled on Saturday. Several major airlines, including Delta, Southwest and Spirit, canceled flights for the whole day, and others, including American, canceled all outbound flights.

Forecasters had predicted that Barry would run ashore near Morgan City, about 20 miles from the coast. But David Naquin, homeland security director for St. Mary Parish, which includes Morgan City, said the latest reports indicated that the storm had shifted.

“It’s going to push a little bit further west,” he said.

This did not bring him any relief. “Every time it moves west, it’s actually worse for us,” Mr. Naquin said. “We get the worst side of the storm. It just puts us in the bull’s-eye of all the rain.”

As of daybreak, he said, Barry’s impact in the parish “hasn’t been too, too severe.”

As dawn broke in Morgan City, there were scattered scenes of broken trees and other minor damage but no reports of injuries or deaths. The power had gone out throughout about two-thirds of this oil hub city of about 12,000. But the torrential downpours that city officials have been fearing had not arrived.

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Map: Tracking Hurricane Barry’s Path

Expected rainfall and path for a storm that threatens Louisiana.

The United States Coast Guard rescued a dozen people by helicopter early Saturday from a coastal island in southeastern Louisiana outside the area’s flood protection system, said Mart Black, a spokesman for the Terrebonne Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Only about two dozen people live on Isle de Jean Charles, Mr. Black said. The lone road into the island flooded, trapping the residents who had stayed there. A voluntary evacuation order had been issued earlier for Isle de Jean Charles, as well as other areas unprotected by the levee system.

Mr. Black, who also serves as the parish’s coastal restoration director, said he was uncertain if other residents remained on the island but believed that all “who wanted to be rescued” were taken away by helicopter. He did not know whether anyone had to be hospitalized.

Isle de Jean Charles, populated in part by Native American tribes whose families have been there for generations, has often been written about as a harbinger to climate change’s impact on coastal communities. The island has lost 98 percent of its land over the last 60 years. It sits about two miles south of the 14-foot levee that protects most of the parish.

The rescue effort remains active, said Petty Officer Lexie Preston, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, and more calls for help are coming from Isle de Jean Charles.

A levee has overtopped on Highway 23 in Plaquemines Parish south of New Orleans, a parish spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday morning.

The levee is in the Myrtle Grove and Point Celeste communities on a spit of southeast Louisiana stretching into the Gulf. The spokeswoman, Jade Duplessis, said that the levee was not breached, but that water from back channels close to the Mississippi River had overtopped it.

“These areas in which we’re seeing this overtopping, this was anticipated,” Ms. Duplessis said. “We’re prepared for this.”

In New Orleans, residents were waiting to see whether their complex pump-and-levee protection system would hold in the storm.

The city, which is largely below sea level, relies on dozens of massive drainage pumps to flush water out of its streets, and on miles of federal levees to block storm surges. But the aging pumps have proved vulnerable to breakdowns and power losses in recent years, while spring flooding has pushed the river higher over the last several months, nearly to the top of the levees.

Three years of crushing natural disasters have dwindled the ranks of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, potentially straining its ability to help victims of the storm.

Fewer than a quarter of the 13,654 people in FEMA’s trained disaster work force are available to assist with Barry or indeed any other emergency, agency documents show, because the rest are deployed elsewhere or otherwise unavailable. That is down from the 34 percent who were available at this point in 2018, and from 55 percent two years ago.

“I’m worried,” said Elizabeth A. Zimmerman, who ran FEMA’s disaster operations during the Obama administration. “That’s of concern, to make sure that there are enough people to respond.”

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Rising ocean temperatures have fueled some of the most devastating storms in recent years. Kendra Pierre-Louis, a reporter on The New York Times’s climate team, explains how.

Richard Fausset reported from New Orleans and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Reporting was contributed by Emily Lane and Beau Evans from New Orleans; Dave Montgomery from Morgan City, La.; Christopher Flavelle from Washington; and John Schwartz from New York.

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Jim Hanson: Reported $5B Facebook settlement is well-deserved punishment for abuses of user privacy

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a settlement under which Facebook will pay a record $5 billion fine for violating an FTC order regarding its privacy practices.

The settlement, which still needs Justice Department approval, shows that Facebook is finally getting a well-deserved punishment for abusing the privacy of those who use the service.

The Journal reported that the FTC hit Facebook with the $5 billion fine for violating a 2011 agreement that required the social media giant to notify users when Facebook was going to allow third parties to snoop through their personal information. The fine is a recognition that Facebook has not learned its lesson.

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This behavior is especially bad and goes beyond Facebook’s normal exploitation of information about all the facets of your life, which you share on Facebook and which the company profits from.

At President Trump’s social media summit at the White House Thursday, which I attended, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reminded us how the big tech companies work:  “You’re not buying a product, you are the product,” he said.

The FTC began investigating Facebook after the social media company admitted that the British data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica then used the information to build targeting databases and profit from them.

The cavalier treatment of user information by Facebook and other social media companies was a major concern at President Trump’s social media summit.

In one example of this anti-free speech hysteria that sounds like a joke – but is true – <a href=”https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/15/college-lists-god-bless-you-microaggression/”>Simmons University</a> in Boston warned that telling another student “God bless you” after a sneeze can be a a microaggression, and so can wishing someone “Merry Christmas.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., announced upcoming hearings and a Big Tech Task Force run by the Senate Judiciary Committee that will focus on privacy issues, data security, antitrust concerns, competition and censorship.

Blackburn joined the president in response to my question asking if he would use federal agencies to investigate abuses by the tech firms. The president said that was one of the things his administration is pursuing.

The leaders of the small group of technology companies that now control the majority of information and advertising in our country – and have an incredible view into our private lives – could not have expected to wield this much power.

Keep in mind that Google was not launched until 1998, Facebook did not begin operations until 2004, and Twitter didn’t begin until 2006.

These companies started as small ventures, leaving their founders unprepared for their rapid growth and financial success. They are now outmatched by the capabilities of their technology. But that is no excuse for their repeated and systematic use of this power for malign purposes.

Now we must find a way to rein in the social media giants that does not offend our free market capitalist system. That does not mean we can’t use government intervention, but it does mean that turning to government should be a last resort.

What is called for now are investigations by Congress and the requisite federal agencies into the practices of the tech companies that violate either existing laws and regulations or that simply do not conform to what Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, called “the spirit of the First Amendment” when he spoke at the social media summit.

These private firms are not bound by the First Amendment of our Constitution, which prohibits government restrictions on our freedom of speech.

But Crenshaw talked about the idea that all Americans should respect the spirit of free speech and work to ensure that they do not censor people without a very good reason.

Right now, the social media companies are rapidly moving in the direction of limiting many types of speech that simply offend some people. This is exactly the opposite of what the First Amendment does when it protects offensive speech. Inoffensive speech hardly needs protection.

The tech firms say they control and limit free speech to “protect the health of public conversation.” But how can you ever manage to account for all the potential ways that free speech will offend others – especially in light of the ongoing indoctrination on college campuses teaching Grievance Mongering 101?

It seems that virtually any comment can now be labeled a microaggression, a triggering event or hate speech by the snowflake generation.

In one example of this anti-free speech hysteria that sounds like a joke – but is true – Simmons University in Boston warned that telling another student “God bless you” after a sneeze can be a a microaggression, and so can wishing someone “Merry Christmas.” The university also warns of six other “anti-oppression” categories: “anti-racism,” “anti-transmisia,” “anti-ableism,” “anti-Islamomisia,” “anti-sanism” and “anti-queermisia.”

When social media companies adopt this kind of hypersensitivity – based on the left-wing sensibilities of Silicon Valley – conservatives tend to suffer by having their views labeled as unacceptable. 

This type of viewpoint discrimination infects the pathways of our public discourse right now.

Facebook apparently paid the price this time, but there will be other incidents of misconduct.  The tech firms either fail to grasp that their days of blithely mining their customers’ private lives for gold in the form of personal information are over. And their free run deciding what content and ideas are worthy and which will be suppressed has ended.

Unfortunately, the tech giants have not adapted to this new paradigm, and that means even more pressure must be applied.

Ideally, a consortium of citizens, academics, think tanks, advocacy organizations and government should play a major role in protecting free speech.

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Hopefully, an investigation will goad the social media companies into action. But if not, government action will be required.

Our ability to freely exchange ideas is the most precious commodity we have and we must fight with all available resources to regain control of our information space.

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton attend Wimbledon final for second year in a row

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton attended the women’s singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday, July 13 in London.

The sisters-in-law sat in the Royal Box at Centre Court and were joined by Middleton’s sister, Pippa Matthews, who sat next to Markle, to watch Serena Williams take on Simona Halep, who emerged the winner after 6-2, 6-2.

This is the second year in a row the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge attended the women’s final. Last year, they watched Serena Williams in the finals match against Angelique Kerber, who took home the title.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Pippa Matthews, from left, sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Markle, 37, donned a white collared shirt and a blue-and-black pleated skirt. Middleton, also 37, had on a green D&G dress and Matthews, 35, looked lovely and blue and white flower-printed dress.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, chat as they watch Serena Williams play Simona Halep.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Markle, who counts Williams as a close friend, also watched the tennis star last week and irked fellow patrons after she allegedly asked for privacy and no photos to be taken of her in the stands.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Pippa Matthews, from left, at the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Also in the crowd at the final were “Beauty and the Beast” co-stars Josh Gad and Luke Evans, “Doctor Who” star Jodie Whittaker, Pharrell, Aidan Turner, Lily James, and British Prime Minister Teresa May.

Middleton is also scheduled to attend the men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Pippa Matthews, from left, in the Royal Box give a standing ovation to the winner Halep.  (Karwai Tang/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Middleton and Markle were spotted together at a charity polo match that their husband partook in.

Middleton brought her three kids: Prince George, 5; Princess Charlotte, 4; and Prince Louis, 1, and Markle was spotted carrying her 2-month-old son, Archie Harrison.

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Last Saturday, the family christened Archie in a private ceremony. They did not reveal who his godparents are.

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