1. Women Rule

    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer speaks with Facebook Vice President Fidji Simo about the technology industry in the age of coronavirus as well as Facebook's response to misinformation and anti-quarantine protests.

    Palmer and Simo discuss how Covid-19 is changing both Facebook and the way people use technology. Simo shares how Facebook has modified its priorities to react to the needs of its users and the efforts they are taking to create an online community in a time of social distancing.

    Some highlights:
    On blocking anti-quarantine protesters from organizing on the site: "We've had a long-lasting policy that we would take down content that can lead to imminent harm. And that policy is something we have applied in this situation by working closely with the CDC and the WHO to understand which claims and which types of behaviors they would consider could lead to imminent harm. So, for example, claims that a certain thing is going to cure coronavirus could lead to imminent harm if people try it, and so we take that down. Social distancing is part of the same philosophy here, where the CDC and WHO are being very clear that we need to continue social distancing for now. And as a result, we are following their lead, and really making sure that any content that goes against that is taken down."

    On creating an online community in a time of social distancing: "We've been thinking about building community for a very long time, as you know. But it does take on a really different meaning during this time because people are craving social connection, and these communities become a lifeline for making sure that people are not isolated; that they feel like they can find support. We are seeing a lot of local communities come together in Facebook groups to make sure that they check in on the elderly, to make sure that everybody's taken care of. And that has been really inspiring for us. These community leaders — whether it's offline in the real world, or online on Facebook — these community leaders do the very hard work of making sure that their communities are healthy, that they're vibrant, and we want to give them tools to continue doing that."

    On women in tech: "I think it goes back to one very simple thing, which is the numbers are still not there. We have made a lot of progress in the last few years in really being able to put words on the problem and not make it a taboo, which is always the first step towards solving things. But there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of onboarding women into the industry and giving them role models so that they believe that tech is a place for them. And then, once they're there, creating opportunities for them so that they stay in the industry."

    Listen to the podcast here.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 81% of voters say Americans “should continue to social distance for as long as is needed to curb the spread of coronavirus, even if it means continued damage to the economy.” Only 10% of respondents say Americans “should stop social distancing to stimulate the economy, even if it means increasing the spread of coronavirus.” An overwhelming majority of voters (75%), say it’s more important for the government to address the spread of the virus, compared to 17% who say it’s more important for the government to manage the economy. The poll was conducted April 10-12.

    “Public trust in the safety of interacting with other Americans is a necessary precondition for being able to reignite the U.S. economy,” said John Leer, an economist for Morning Consult. “If Americans believe that their eating at restaurants or spending time in an airport jeopardizes their safety, loosening restrictions on businesses is not a sustainable economic solution.”

    Half of voters (50%) feel the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the coronavirus outbreak, compared to the 39% who feel the administration is doing the right amount. A majority of voters (52%), say President Donald Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 42% who rate his response as “excellent” or “good." A combined 65% of voters say their governors’ handling of the outbreak has been “excellent” or “good.”

    A majority of voters (67%), say they are likely to receive a vaccine for the coronavirus once it’s developed. 46% of respondents support the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 before testing is completed including 71% of Republicans, 39% of independents and 29% of Democrats.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer speaks with Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief health care officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, about the state of the coronavirus pandemic, the need for personal protective equipment and her prediction for when society will to return to normal.

    Orlowski shares her reaction to how the Trump administration has handled the outbreak, her thoughts on the timing of America's Covid-19 response and the ways she is personally approaching life in this era.

    Some highlights:
    On her level of concern about coronavirus: "The U.S. needs to continue to prepare ourselves, because the number of cases will continue to rise until mid to late April. My colleagues and I looked at statistics, and we expect that there will be a continual rise until around April 16th, April 17th. The numbers are beginning to say this is likely where the peak of the epidemic is going to be. We need to continue to prepare our health care systems and our health care workforce for what is going to be a continual rise in cases at least for the next two weeks, and then a sustained number of cases probably for, I'd say, seven weeks after that."

    On America's preparedness: "I would say that we have become prepared in this country after major events. So, for example, after 9/11, there was a lot of preparedness money out there. After the Ebola crisis several years ago, again there was a ramp-up: How do we get ready? What do we do? There are groups of hospitals, particularly teaching hospitals, that have remained ready; dollars were given to institutions to remain at ready-alert status. So what did they do? They bought ventilators. They had training for their folks. They bought respirators. They bought PPE. Most of that money has dwindled to practically nothing within the last year or two. And as we take a look within the government, certain preparedness programs were shut down or were moved into other areas. It didn't have the same attention, and therefore not the same amount of money — not the same amount of direction that we needed for something like this."

    On when life will return to normal: "I believe that we're going to return to a semi-normal life at the end of May — Memorial Day. But the other thing that I would say is that we have to prepare ourselves to go through a similar exercise in the fall, in the late fall. If you take a look at the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, and if you take a look at how coronavirus is acting, this is not just the winter and spring of 2020. Probably late November, by December, we are going to go through this again."

    Listen to the podcast here.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 52% of voters say Obama would be a better leader during the coronavirus pandemic, compared to 38% who say Trump would be the stronger of the two leaders. However, more voters select Trump (44%) as a better leader during the crisis than Biden (36%). Half of voters (50%) feel the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the coronavirus outbreak, compared to the 38% who feel the administration is doing the right amount. A majority of voters (54%), say President Donald Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 40% who rate his response as “excellent” or “good." The poll was conducted April 3-5.

    Voters are increasingly worried about the coronavirus, 90% say they are "very" or "somewhat" concerned about the outbreak. 82% of respondents indicate the coronavirus has been disruptive to them and their families. As coronavirus cases continue to increase, 83% of voters support a national quarantine in which only essential travel is permitted to control the spread of the outbreak.

    An overwhelming majority of voters (83%), support the recently passed $2 trillion stimulus package including 84% of Democrats, 77% of independents and 87% of Republicans. Almost half of voters (47%), say Congress should pass another stimulus package immediately to combat the financial impact of coronavirus, while 37% say Congress should wait to see the effects of the previous stimulus package. 54% of voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing overall as president, while 44% approve of Trump’s job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 47% of voters feel the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the coronavirus outbreak, compared to the 40% who feel the administration is doing the right amount. A majority of voters (51%), say President Donald Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 43% who rate his response as “excellent” or “good." The poll was conducted March 27-29, before President Trump announced a 30-day extension of his physical and social distancing guidelines “to slow the spread” of Covid-19.

    Voters are increasingly worried about the coronavirus, 60% say they are "very" concerned about the outbreak which is an increase of 7% from last week's poll. An overwhelming majority of voters (81%), indicate the coronavirus has been disruptive to them and their families. Respondents were split about whether it would be a good idea (38%) or a bad idea (37%) to end social distancing in the next two months. 46% think it’s a good idea for it to end in the next three months, and 54% say it’s a good idea for it to end in the next six months.

    62% of voters say their governor's handling of the coronavirus has been “excellent” or “good." Nearly half of voters (47%), believe their state's governor is "very" or "somewhat" prepared to handle the outbreak. Trump’s overall approval rating is unchanged from last week: 45% of voters approve of the job he is doing as president, and 52% disapprove.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 52% of voters say Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 42% who rate Trump's response as “excellent” or “good." 45% of respondents say the Trump administration is not doing enough in response to the outbreak, compared to roughly 4 in 10 voters (41%) who say the administration is doing the right amount. The poll was conducted March 20-22, as the Senate wrangled over a stimulus package intended to support the economy.

    "As the coronavirus pandemic continues, voters are almost evenly split on whether the Trump administration is doing the right amount or not enough in response," said Tyler Sinclair, vice president for Morning Consult.

    Nearly half of voters (53%), say they are "very" concerned about the coronavirus outbreak including 64% of Democrats, 47% of independents and 46% of Republicans. An overwhelming majority of voters (78%), indicate the coronavirus has been disruptive to them and their families which is a 24% increase from last week's poll. Nearly 3 in 4 voters would either strongly or somewhat support a national quarantine to control the spread of coronavirus, permitting only essential travel such as trips to grocery stores and pharmacies.

    Trump’s overall approval rating has seen little change and sits at 45%, while 52% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 84% of voters support President Donald Trump’s decision to proclaim a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, while 7% oppose it. A majority of voters (51%), say Trump’s handling of the crisis has been “poor” or “only fair,” compared to 41% who rate Trump's response as “excellent” or “good." 43% of voters say the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the outbreak, compared to 39% who say it is doing the right amount. Majorities of Democrats (75%), independents (57%) and Republicans (57%) say the government, rather than private companies, should be primarily responsible for handling the response to the coronavirus. The poll was conducted March 13-16.

    "After President Trump declared a national emergency concerning the coronavirus this past week, it's no surprise the pandemic is top of mind for Americans," said Tyler Sinclair, vice president for Morning Consult. "This includes casting their ballots this November, as more than a third of voters say the impact of the virus will impact their vote for president."

    When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, 41% of voters say states with upcoming primaries and caucuses should postpone them compared to 24% who say they should hold them as scheduled. 48% say Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders should cancel their upcoming campaign events.

    When asked who would be a better leader during a crisis, 42% of voters chose former Vice President Joe Biden, compared to 39% of respondents who said President Trump. Trump’s overall approval rating has seen little change and sits at 43%, while 54% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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  8. What Works

    The great paradox of the urban renaissance, that has occurred over the past generation, is that it has saved cities while also making them unlivable for many longtime residents who haven’t been able to keep pace with the rocketing cost of living. The latest issue of What Works, presented by JP Morgan Chase &Co., takes a look at the cities finding innovative ways to fix income inequality.

    IN THIS ISSUE:

    How Boston Is Becoming the City Where Workers Rule: Boston launched a co-op initiative in late 2017 through its Economic Mobility Lab. The goal is to help workers build wealth. That’s important as a response to gentrification in Boston, which often ranks as the nation’s third- or fourth-most expensive city for housing and has a huge wealth gap between black and white residents. Co-ops are getting new attention from political leaders in booming cities like Boston, who are looking for new ways to counter growing income inequality and help more residents share the prosperity brought on by a resurgence of urban living.

    How Cities’ Big Nonprofits Are Tackling Income Inequality: By some measures, Chicago has one of the country’s largest and most diversified economies with 4 million workers, but the city has struggled to uplift historically segregated and economically depressed communities on its West and South sides. Anchor institutions, those that are community cornerstones throughout economic changes, offer enough buying and hiring power to attempt to shift this pattern. And specifically, nonprofit universities and hospitals can nimbly move to local resources because of their complete control of funds.

    Detroit’s Plan to Make Sure Redevelopment Boosts the Whole City: As new development springs up in long-neglected Detroit, a first-in-the-nation law represents one way the city government is trying to ensure new prosperity is shared with longtime residents. It requires developers of private projects over $75 million that get $1 million in tax abatements or city-owned land to meet with a committee of residents who live near the project, then negotiate with the city government to provide some of the benefits the neighbors request. The benefits can be anything from job training to affordable housing to better parks.

    READ THE LATEST WHAT WORKS ISSUE HERE.

  9. Women Rule

    NEW Women Rule Podcast:?Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp

    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer speaks with Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp about starting her business from the ground up and the career challenges she had to overcome to get to this point.

    Beauchamp recounts some of the hardships Birchbox has endured over the last decade and the evolution of the company in a changing marketplace. Palmer explores how Beauchamp maintains a supportive work environment and a reciprocal relationship with her employees in order to foster a creative and inspiring workplace.

    Some highlights:
    On the mindset for success: "I source my value externally in my worst moments, but I know that that’s a fallacy. I know it’s a fallacy when I catch myself needing someone else’s validation and needing someone else to tell me what I’m capable of. I’m human. Of course, I go there. Of course, I worry about what all of you think about me and what the press will write about me. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t serve me to exist to project something that you take. It serves me to feel like I’m living my life in a way that I respect and pursuing hard things and staying in the game and the kind of leader I would like to work for, that I would like my kids to work for, that I’m the kind of person that I would want to be friends with and that I would want my kids to be friends with. Those are the things that I really try to come back to and focus on."

    On facing challenges: "When you are present and not thinking of the inevitability of the future or your fear of the future, you have so much to work with. When you’re there fully to think about a challenge you’re facing, you’d be shocked how many ideas you have and about how many places you go to like, ways that you can navigate something. But when you’re constantly afraid of the future, or reliving something terrible from the past, you’re not totally present to even think about it. Of course you feel frazzled. Of course you feel like it won’t be okay. You don’t have all of you to face it."

    On the culture of Birchbox: "I think the most important thing that I care about for my team and for the world is that when we spend our days at work, we have high expectations for that. Right? That we believe we deserve to spend our days surrounded by things that inspire us, surrounded by humans who care about our development, that there is a reciprocity that the company would think that they can be demanding of you and you can be demanding of it. That’s what I think about trying to create Birchbox for the teams and for the people who work there, so that it doesn’t feel like you’re so depleted because it’s such a one-sided agreement that you need to escape it... Rather, the idea that you’re only working right now during the hours when you’re in the office is done. I need people to be inspired on their weekends when they have amazing customer experiences that are discretionary and bring those ideas to work."

    Listen to the podcast here.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, half of Democratic voters think the eventual nominee should be required to win a majority of delegates. Just over a quarter of Democratic voters (27%), believe that a candidate should not necessarily need to clear the 1,991-delegate threshold to secure the nomination. The poll was conducted February 28 to March 1.

    “Democrats lack a clear understanding of the superdelegate process in the primary race, but at the same time believe the unpledged delegates have too much control over who wins the nomination,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Only a third of Democrats say they understand the role of superdelegates well. Among the same group, roughly four in 10 say superdelegates have too much power in selecting a nominee.”

    77% of Democrats are concerned about foreign interference in the 2020 race, compared to 57% of independents and 42% of Republicans. Additionally, 73% of Democratic voters, 62% of independents, and 56% of Republicans are concerned about interference with electronic voting machines.

    When asked to describe their ideal presidential candidate, 34% of voters selected a moderate. According to participants, former Vice President Joe Biden is the closest to that ideal. Meanwhile, 53% of voters identify Sen. Bernie Sanders as very liberal and 40% of voters describe President Trump as very conservative. Trump’s overall approval rating sits at 44%, while 53% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    NEW Women Rule Podcast: Harris Faulkner, Fox News Host

    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer speaks with Fox News' Harris Faulkner about her long career in journalism and what it’s like as the only woman of color to anchor a weekday news show on any major cable network.

    In their conversation, Faulkner opens up about her thoughts on the #MeToo movement at Fox News and how her upbringing in a military family has played a part in her frustrations with the era of fake news.

    Some highlights:
    On being the only women of color to host her own weekday cable TV show: "Well, at the time, it felt big because I was the first in primetime, and I had done that for six years with Fox Report on the weekends at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. And so to segue to weekdays and to have a single presence in that seat felt particularly significant to me as a journalist. But personally, it was important because my girls were going to get to see mom, and they were going to get to see her do something that was maybe not 'record-breaking' — because I’m not the first — but 'groundbreaking.' And certainly, that has lasted, as no other news network on cable has met us where we are with that: a female in a solo chair as an African American woman. So it’s been a big deal to me and then for the wider industry, it’s a wake-up call and a reminder of what people need to do if they want to keep up with Fox."

    On her reaction to the #MeToo movement at Fox News: "The news broke with Roger Ailes first. By the time the news broke with Bill O’Reilly, it had progressed to the point where women in the building were talking about it daily. I mean, it was the topic. And the topic was people are focused in on us at Fox News. Is this really the only place it’s ever happened? Are we broken? Did women stay silent for so long that, in some way, it’s our fault? We had difficult conversations as a team of women, and we would have them in the bathroom. We would have them in our office. We would have them in the hallway. And then things started to come apart in other places."

    On her perspective of #MeToo and the future: "I do struggle with how do we take this into the next generation of protecting our daughters and our female co-workers who are young and coming up, and those next conversations about #MeToo; talking about believing one another, and investigating, and making sure that the facts come out, and holding people accountable, and firing people who deserve it, and can we go deeper than that...As we do all of that, can we simultaneously make sure that women don’t become a secondary target again."

    Listen to the podcast here.

  12. The Agenda

    POLITICO's The Agenda: The 5G Future

    The spread of 5G is expected to reshape the landscape of business, entertainment and even civic life dramatically, washing us in an intensity and immediacy of data that will make old cell phones look like a dialup connection. The White House, telecoms companies, foreign governments, even the Pentagon are all pushing and pulling for influence. With the battle over standards and competition heating up, and American 5G networks taking their first tottering steps forward, the latest installment of POLITICO's The Agenda series offers a deep look at the policy and technical battles shaping this generation of communications.

    Special for this issue, we’ve commissioned an international survey of consumers and IT specialists, the POLITICO/Qualcomm Global 5G Survey, to figure out where people in different countries stand on some of the hot-button issues their leaders will need to navigate. Are consumers willing to accept tradeoffs in return for super-fast speeds? Who do they trust to build out 5G? Is the new network expected to improve the rural-urban divide, or worsen it? The poll found that more than half the surveyed population, averaged globally, expressed concerns that 5G could make more personal data vulnerable to hacking. The data also suggested a global rift over how much consumers trust corporations to safeguard their personal data.

    MORE IN THIS ISSUE:

    Washington’s 5G policy has become chaotic. Here’s why. Both citizens and businesses expect their governments to help lay the 5G groundwork with rules and infrastructure. We sent a reporter to look at where the U.S. government stands, and he found it was largely AWOL on 5G, with a crucial agency headless, and a promised wireless strategy trapped somewhere in the bureaucracy. By John Hendel.

    So you want to use 5G? Actually, you can, if you live in Washington or a handful of America’s big cities. But where? And what’s it like right now? We sent a tech reporter out to deliver a reality check on just how far away 5G still is, and how close. By Steven Overly.

    POLITICO exclusive: First Q&A with Trump’s 5G New Czar: The White House now has a 5G czar – but if you’ve heard of Robert Blair at all, it’s likely because he got entangled in the House impeachment inquiry over something else entirely. Can he help corral the administration’s warring factions and push American interests overseas? John Hendel and Michael B. Farrell sat down with him for his first on-the-record media interview.

    How did U.S. telecom companies fall behind? If you’re curious about how American telecom companies fell behind international competitors—and how they can get their mojo back—you’ll want to read analyst Elsa Kania’s look at how Washington’s telecom policy (and a perfect storm of business problems) helped weaken our own competitive position, and what might fix it.