12/06/2018

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12.06.2018 | The Editors

ESSENTIAL #1: “FACEBOOK EMAILS COULD LEAD TO TOUGHER REGULATORY SCRUTINY” AOIFE WHITE, BLOOMBERG

From the article: “Facebook Inc. emails showing the company threatened to cut off data to potential rivals added a new target for the regulatory armory that is being amassed by European regulators. In the new year, Germany will conclude an antitrust probe that may call on Facebook to change privacy terms. EU privacy regulators are also armed with the power to fine for data breaches, following the roll-out of GDPR in May.”


ESSENTIAL #2: “AMERICA’S TWO PARTIES ARE ASYMMETRICAL” ADAM SERWER, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “Although the Republican Party has grown more conservative in recent years and the Democratic Party has grown more liberal, the Democrats rely far more on conservative voters than the GOP does on liberal voters. According to Pew, only 4 percent of Republicans identify as liberal, 27 percent as moderate, and 68 percent as conservative. By contrast, 46 percent of Democrats identify as liberal—a large increase from 2000, when that figure was only 28 percent, but far less than the percentage of Republicans who identify as conservatives. Moderates account for 37 percent of Democratic voters, and conservatives 15 percent.”


ESSENTIAL #3: “CITING THE CRUELTY OF OUR ELECTION PROCESS, DEVAL PATRICK BACKS OUT OF 2020 BID” STEPHANIE MURRAY, POLITICO

From the article: “Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to skip a 2020 presidential run came down to the impact the "cruelty of our elections process" would have on the people close to him, he said in a statement published Thursday morning. "I’ve been overwhelmed by advice and encouragement from people from all over the country, known and unknown. Humbled, in fact," Patrick said in a statement posted to Facebook. "But knowing that the cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn’t signed up for the journey, was more than I could ask.”

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