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Sections Top Stories Technology Politics Business Health Care Science Future of Work Energy More Smarter Faster Search Sign In Newsletters Events About Contact Newsroom Privacy & Terms Advertise With Us Sign In Create Account Newest Stories Fewer immigrants crossed the southwest border when Trump became president 8 hrs ago / Politics Retailers are staying busy even after Christmas 9 hrs ago / Future of Work Republicans split on how to handle Trump's FBI attacks 10 hrs ago / popular Trump: "Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most" 11 hrs ago / Politics Iran rebukes Trump tweet about protests 11 hrs ago / Politics How robotic surgery is changing the medical field In this episode of Smarter Faster: Transformation The NFL is changing how it handles concussions 11 hrs ago / popular States fight fake news by teaching media literacy in schools 12 hrs ago / popular Report: Papadopoulos played "a critical role" in the Russia investigation 12 hrs ago / popular Sea stars return to California after devastating die-off 12 hrs ago / Science Hospitals set to lose $1.6 billion in drug payments 12 hrs ago / Health Care Stellar year for stocks; more highs forecast 14 hrs ago / Business NYT reporter talks impromptu Trump interview 14 hrs ago / Politics Russian tankers breaking U.Nsanctions by giving fuel to North Korea 14 hrs ago / popular Iran's biggest protests in 8 years 15 hrs ago / popular Trump effect: a worldwide "fake news" crisis 15 hrs ago / Politics Apple makes lower iPhone battery price effective immediately 15 hrs ago / Technology Axios AM 15 hrs ago / Axios AM Mattis: We will do "anything" to limit civilian deaths in Yemen 15 hrs ago / popular The rise of augmented reality 20 hrs ago / Technology 10 ways America is falling behind 20 hrs ago / Politics China: 7 big things to watch in 2018 21 hrs ago / Politics White House tells Iran to respect protests: "The world is watching" Dec 29 / popular Transgender people can apply for military service Jan1 Dec 29 / popular Trump's free reign at his Winter White House Dec 29 / Politics Mobile users blow through 25% more data than last year Dec 29 / Technology // rblms.require(["underscore", "jquery"], function(_, $) { // Attach scroll listener for header. var initialScroll = window.pageYOffset; document.addEventListener("scroll", _.throttle(function() { var siteHeader = document.querySelector(".js--site-header"); if(window.pageYOffset > 44 && !siteHeader.classList.contains("site-header__container--scrolled")) { siteHeader.classList.add("site-header__container--scrolled"); } else if (window.pageYOffset (initialScroll + padding)) { siteHeader.classList.remove("site-header__container--scrolled-up"); initialScroll = currentScroll; } }, 100)); // Click handlaers. $(".js--toggle-mobile-menu").on("click", function() { $("body").toggleClass("site-header--dropdown-open"); }); $(document).on("click", ".js--toggle-site-header__menu", function() { var $parent = $(this).parent(".site-header__menu") $parent.toggleClass("site-header__menu--active"); var offClick = function(e) { $parent.removeClass("site-header__menu--active"); $(document).off("click", offClick); }; if ($parent.hasClass("site-header__menu--active")) { $(document).on("click", offClick); } }); $(".js--toggle-sidebar").on("click", function() { $("body").toggleClass("sidebar--active"); }); $(document).on("click", ".js--toggle-search", function() { var $container = $(this).parents(".site-header__container"); var $searchDropdown = $container.find(".site-header__search-dropdown"); $("body").toggleClass("site-header__container--search-open"); $container.find(".site-header__search-dropdown-input[name=q]").focus(); var offClick = function(e) { if(!$.contains($searchDropdown[0], e.target)) { $("body").removeClass("site-header__container--search-open"); $(document).off("click", offClick); } }; if($("body").hasClass("site-header__container--search-open")) { $(document).on("click", offClick); } }); }); // Top Stories Mike Allen Jim VandeHei Dec 28 Featured Mark Zuckerberg’s real campaign: Save Facebook Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP Mark Zuckerberg started 2017 scoffing at the idea of Russia election manipulation on Facebook, and looked like he was contemplating his own possible run for the presidencyFacebook's CEO ends 2017 a very changed man: scrambling to curtail (some of) the manipulation he now acknowledges exists, and to save the most powerful platform in human history. Keep reading ..words A Facebook exec tells us: "This is the year people will see we get that there's real work to doWe have to change."Fake news and Russia get the attention, but Facebook say it plans "real product fixes" in other areas, including demonstrating how seriously the company takes data privacyFacebook leaders say they're not waiting for legislation: If they fix the substance, the reputation will followIn Silicon Valley, you hear frequent comparisons between the tech giants and the old utilities: The companies are quickly becoming the infrastructure across which all information movesGoing forward, they will be scrutinized that wayFacebook, Google and Twitter are no longer seen as harmless toys and toolsIn fact, the political and public swing against these darlings of Silicon Valley is one of the most important non-Trump trends of the year — and one likely to echo for many years to come: Sean Parker and other early Facebook execs went public with concerns about how the company manipulates data and our minds.Democrats have held private briefings on whether Facebook and other companies knowingly and purposely create dangerous addictions to their products.Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) and other lawmakers are pushing for tighter regulation, starting with political advertisingWarner also wants Facebook to open data to outside experts so they can see if the full scope of Russian manipulation has been disclosed.Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, alone among top tech execs, confronted the controversy head-on, in a half-hour-plus interview with AxiosFacebook should be applauded for doing what few companies do in crisis: responding to the critiques in real-time.How many companies admit their product can be unhealthy if used the way lots of people use them?Facebook says it knows that addicting people to their detriment doesn't work in the long run.Execs tell us that their mission for 2018 is: Make sure the platform is responsible so people can use it for their "well-being," the platform's new buzzwordBe smart: Turns out that Zuckerberg, with his high-profile travel through Trump country, was gearing up for a political campaign — just not the one you thoughtHe knows the worldwide fight for Facebook's reputation will last a lifetime, and will influence how far and fast regulators goBe watchful: Facebook is not fighting fake news — it's fighting spam and clickbaitThis is a significant and highly substantive differentiation The bottom line: Facebook wants to use as little editorial judgment as possible in weeding out crap on its platform, to avoid becoming a media company — a business with much smaller margins and greater legal liability.Unless tech companies are regulated to be held accountable for content that crosses their platforms, Facebook will not fundamentally change — something Sheryl Sandberg made clear in her October conversation with AxiosBetween now and New Year's Day, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and executive editor Mike Allen will bring Axios AM readers our year-end thoughts on the topics that matter mostSign up here. Show less Business Link copied to clipboard. Get Axios in your inbox Subscribe (function() { // If the referrer is facebook or twitter, show the follow module. if(/facebook\.com|twitter\.com|t\.co/.exec(document.referrer)) { document.querySelector('.stream-social-cta').className += " is-active"; } })() Stef WKight 8 hrs ago Featured Fewer immigrants crossed the southwest border when Trump became president When Donald Trump became President in January, there was a dramatic drop in the number of immigrants who illegally crossed the U.Ssouthwest border var pymParent = new pym.Parent('av-2017-12-15-sw-border', 'https://graphics.axios.com/2017-12-15-sw-border/2017-12-15-sw-border.html', {}); Reproduced from U.SCustoms and Border Protection; Chart: Axios Visuals Keep reading ..words Why it matters: The uncertainty of what would happen to DACA and other Obama-era immigration policies may have caused fewer people to try to cross the border illegallyAnd Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Axios in October that he credited the decline in border crossings to Trump's tough-on-immigration stance Go deeper: Trump's first year in office saw 177,000 fewer deportations than Obama's first year Show less Politics Link copied to clipboard. Haley Britzky 9 hrs ago Featured Retailers are staying busy even after Christmas Westfield Shopping Mall in Arcadia, CaliforniaPhoto: FREDERIC JBROWN / AFP / Getty Images The end of December is being referred to as "the 13th Month" by retailers, as it's generating a huge amount of traffic among shoppers, according to the New York TimesPer the NYT, 40% of people planned to shop after Christmas, compared to only 5% five years agoWhy it matters: Consumer confidence is at an almost 17-year high, per the Times, which is pulling more and more people online and into storesRetailers have been concerned about losing business to Amazon, but this year's "vibrant holiday season" is easing those concerns Future of Work Link copied to clipboard. Haley Britzky 10 hrs ago Featured Republicans split on how to handle Trump's FBI attacks Photo: Chris Kleponis-Pool / Getty Images Republicans are facing more disagreement among themselves on the Russia investigation, and how to handle Trump's frequent attacks on the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the New York TimesWhy it matters: This isn't uncommon, the Times points out, as many Democrats "waged war" on independent counsel Kenneth Starr during President Bill Clinton's investigationAnd now, some Republicans are siding with Trump in diminishing the investigation's credibility, while others voice support for MuellerSenMarco Rubio: "From his reputation and everything I know about him, I remain convinced that when this is all said and done, Mueller is going to only pursue things that are true, and he will do it in a fair and balanced way." RepJim Jordan: "The public trust in this whole thing is gone." popular Link copied to clipboard. Axios 11 hrs ago Featured Trump: "Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most" President Trump continued to address the Iran protests today, saying that "oppressive regimes cannot endure forever." Why it matters: These are the largest protests Iran has had in eight years, and there have been significant demonstrations from both the pro-government and anti-government crowdsAnd Iran's foreign ministry spokesman had already rebuked Trump's remarks on the protests before he released these videos, saying: "Iranian people give no credit to the deceitful and opportunist remarks of U.Sofficials or MrTrump." Keep reading ..words Show less Politics Link copied to clipboard. Axios 11 hrs ago Featured The NFL is changing how it handles concussions Houston Texans go against the Pittsburgh SteelersPhoto: Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images "The NFL and the players' union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled," AP reportsWhy it matters, per AP: "The NFL has been under increased scrutiny the past several years over player safety when it comes to head injuriesA $1 billion settlement of concussion-related claims from more than 20,000 former players took effect earlier this year, resolving thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the risks of repeated concussions." Keep reading ..words Why now: The announced changes follow "an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking," per APThe changes will include "the addition of an expert watching games from a central location with the authority to alert sideline medical teams to look into an incidentAnd if a player shows signs of a seizure or similar responses, as Savage did, they will be removed from the game and cannot return." Show less popular Link copied to clipboard. Khorri Atkinson 12 hrs ago Featured States fight fake news by teaching media literacy in schools Ife Adelona, 17, left, and Ian McMasters, 16, right, work on an exercise as Micahyas Akama, 18, left center, talks with NBC's Tracie Potts at Montgomery Blair High School on Thursday February 28, 2013 in Silver Spring, MDPotts presented to the Media in Society class as part of the News Literacy ProjectPhoto by Matt McClain for The Washington Post via Getty Images With the increase of false content on the web, state lawmakers across the country are pushing legislation mandating schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to be conscientious consumers of information online, per The Associated PressWhy this matters: This started gaining traction after last year's extremely divisive and polarizing presidential election, which highlighted how even adults can be misled by inaccurate information onlineAnd President Trump often labels news he simply doesn't like as "fake news," which adds to the growing problem of media literacy Keep reading ..words The effort has received bipartisan support with legislation passed in Washington state, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico, the AP reportsSeveral other states, including Arizona, New York and Hawaii will likely consider similar bills next year, the AP reports. Show less popular Link copied to clipboard. Haley Britzky 12 hrs ago Featured Report: Papadopoulos played "a critical role" in the Russia investigation Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos has been projected as a relatively unimportant member of the campaign team, but according to a New York Times report, he "stayed influential throughout the campaign." Why it matters: Per the NYT, the reason behind the FBI opening an investigation into Trump's Russia ties was what Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat about Russia's dirt on Hillary ClintonThe Australian government passed along that information, which spurred the FBI investigationTrump and others close to him have previously blamed a private intelligence dossier for sparking the inquiryOther highlights from the NYT: Keep reading ..words Contrary to the idea that Papadopoulos was a low-level staffer, he helped arrange a meeting between Trump and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and "continued for months" to set up a meeting with Russian representatives, "keeping senior campaign advisers abreast of his efforts." He edited the outline of Trump's foreign policy speech in April, in which he said improved relations with Russia was a possibility for the U.SPapadopoulos told his Russia contacts it "should be taken as 'the signal to meet.'" The Russia investigation was "propelled by intelligence from other friendly governments, including the British and Dutch." Show less popular Link copied to clipboard. Axios 14 hrs ago Featured Stellar year for stocks; more highs forecast A trader celebrates 2017 closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange yesterdayPhoto: Bryan RSmith / AFP / Getty Images "The major stock indexes made double-digit gains for the year, led by Apple, Facebook and other technology stocks," per AP Business Writer Alex VeigaThe takeaway: "By some measures, the market is looking expensiveThe S&P 500 is now trading around 18 times forward earningsThat's above the historical average of 16." "Even so, eight years into the bull market, many analysts expect stocks to keep climbing next year. Keep reading ..words "The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the broadest measure of the stock market, had its best year since 2013," with a gain of 19%.What it means: "[I]f you invested $1,000 in an S&P 500 index fund at the beginning of the year you'd wind up with about $1,218 at the end of the year."The big reasons: "The global economy rebounded, while the U.Seconomy and job market continued to strengthen, which helped drive strong corporate earnings growth.""Investors also drew encouragement from the Trump administration's and Republican-led Congress' push to slash corporate taxes, roll back regulations and enact other pro-business policies."The Dow Jones industrial average gained 25.1%.The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite climbed 28.2%.Indexes also closed up in Britain, Germany, France, Japan and Hong Kong. Show less Business Link copied to clipboard. Axios 14 hrs ago Featured Russian tankers breaking U.Nsanctions by giving fuel to North Korea Russian President Vladimir PutinPhoto: Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images "Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, ..providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state," Reuters reports, quoting two senior Western European security sources:"The sales of oil or oil products from Russia, the world's second biggest oil exporter and a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, breach U.Nsanctions, the security sources said.""The transfers in October and November indicate that smuggling from Russia to North Korea has evolved to loading cargoes at sea since Reuters reported in September that North Korean ships were sailing directly from Russia to their homeland.But, but, but ..One of the sources "said there was no evidence of Russian state involvement in the latest transfers." popular Link copied to clipboard. Khorri Atkinson 15 hrs ago Featured Iran's biggest protests in 8 years Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017 Photo: Hamed Makekpour/AFP/Getty Images About 4,000 pro-government demonstrators rallied in Tehran on Saturday in support of Iran's leaders after days of unauthorized protests broke out in the country, per The New York TimesThe pro-government rallies had been previously scheduled to but "took on new importance" after the anti-government rallies, the AP reportedAccording to the AFP, the Iranian government warned against further protestsWhy it matters: These have been the largest pro-reform protests in Iran since 2009AFP: "Since the 2009 protests were ruthlessly put down by the Revolutionary Guards, many middle-class Iranians have abandoned hope of pressing for change from the streets.""But low-level strikes and demonstrations have continued, often on a sector-by-sector basis as bus drivers or teachers or workers from specific factories protest against unpaid wages or poor conditions." Keep reading ..words "State news channel IRINN said it had been banned from covering the protests that spread from second city Mashhad on Thursday to hit several towns and cities.""Media coverage inside Iran focused almost exclusively on pro-regime rallies held [today] to mark the defeat of the last major protest movement in 2009, which hardliners call 'the sedition.' The timing was coincidental, since the rallies are held every year on this day."The photos available to Axios, through AP and Getty (including the one above), only show the pro-regime demonstrations."The [earlier] protests initially targeted economic problems, but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole."Video footage on social media showed hundreds marching through the holy city of Qom on Friday evening, with people chanting 'Death to the dictator' and 'Free political prisoners."The context: "The country is facing serious challenges with unemployment, high prices, corruption, lack of water, social gap" and u

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