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🦅 U.S. NEWS
Civilian Militia Group Stops Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border
This past weekend a civilian militia group patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico started detaining illegal border crossers at gunpoint, drawing concern from state authorities and the American Civil Liberties Union. Fast forward to yesterday and it was reported that federal authorities arrested, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, a member of that group who is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces today. This group – the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP) – describes itself as a “patriot group” helping U.S. Border Patrol cope with record numbers of Central American families crossing the border to seek asylum. Related: ‘This is a war’: Meet the Texas ranchers forming their own border militia. – Reuters / NY Post
Beyoncé’s $60M deal and How Netflix Spends $10M a Day
If you want to watch Beyoncé, chances are you’ll need to have Netflix. The singer signed a three-project deal with the streaming service worth $60 million. The first special is “Homecoming,” a behind-the-scenes look at the singer’s 2018 Coachella performance, which premiered last week. From a Business Perspective: It takes about 2 years for a new show to go from production to screen. That means 2 years before Netflix sees a single cent in the form of marginal subscriber revenue from any given original show. Big picture: Netflix expects it will burn a bigger-than-expected $3.5 billion this year. Why?If they don’t spend it someone else (Apple, Amazon, and now Disney+) will. – Axios Edge / Variety
‘Medicare for all’ could cost hospitals billions of dollars
According to a report from the New York Times, ‘Medicare for all’ could cost the U.S. billions of dollars. One example: For a patient’s knee replacement, Medicare will pay a hospital $17,000. The same hospital can get more than twice as much, or about $37,000, for the same surgery on a patient with private insurance. Zoom in: Some hospitals, especially struggling rural centers, would close virtually overnight, according to policy experts. Zoom Out: if Medicare for all abolished private insurance and reduced rates to Medicare levels — at least 40 percent lower, by one estimate — there would most likely be significant changes throughout the health care industry, which makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy and is one of the nation’s largest employers. – NY Times
🌎 WORLD NEWS
Sri Lanka Bombings Kill More Than 200; Several Americans Dead
A series of blasts tore through churches and international hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter morning, killing at least 207 people and wounding more than 450 in what appeared to be a coordinated series of attacks on tourists and the minority Christian community. Police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. In a bid to stop a spread of misinformation that could lead to further violence the Sri Lankan government blocked access to social media sites in the aftermath of the attacks. – The Guardian
A comedian just became Ukraine’s next president
Ukrainians on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to make a comedian their next president — ushering in a new era of politics in the struggling country. Volodymyr Zelensky, a famous comedian who portrayed Ukraine’s head of state for years on a popular comedy show, defeated the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, who had been in power since 2014. The big question now is if he can follow through on his promises to stamp out undue oligarch influence in Kyiv and turn Ukraine’s economic fortunes around. After all, the comedian has no prior political experience and didn’t offer a detailed governing blueprint during the campaign. – Vox
Egyptians head to the polls
Egyptians voters casted ballots yesterday and today for some controversial constitutional amendments, including one that would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in power until 2030 and another that would expand the military’s power. Some voters were offered free rides or food parcels to increase turnout in the national referendum. Why it matters: Critics have blasted the constitutional changes as a major step in the return to authoritarian rule, eight years after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising. – AP
A Tale of Two Teslas: Elon Musk to Tout Robot Cars Amid Sales Slump
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is gathering investors today to reveal the electric-car maker’s latest efforts to develop self-driving car technology and his strategy for deploying it. Why it matters: the presentation is scheduled two days before Tesla reports quarterly financial results, which are expected to show a loss on slumping vehicle sales. Look over here: Musk wants investors to focus on vehicles driving themselves in a robot-taxi fleet. – WSJ (subscription)
MLS announces plans to expand to 30 teams
Major League Soccer’s Board of Governors formally unveiled plans this past week to expand to 30 teams, up from the previous expansion target of 28. For Context: In 2006, MLS had 11 teams. This season, there are 24, with another three on the way: Inter Miami CF (2020), Nashville SC (2020) and Austin FC (2021). The takeaway: Professional soccer is thriving in the U.S. and Canada, and expansion during the last decade and a half has been a key driver of MLS’ growth. – MLS Soccer
The CIA is warning Britain for its use of Huawei’s technology to develop a 5G network after it was found that the Chinese telecoms company accepted money from varying branches of Beijing’s state intelligence network, reports The Times. Why this matters: This allegation directly links the world’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer to the Chinese state. Huawei has previously denied that the company spies for China, but Chinese law forces companies to work with the security branches. – Axios / The Times
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📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1970: The first Earth Day
Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time. The idea was conceived by a Wisconsin Senator named Gaylord Nelson after witnessing a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
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