News Clips 11/19/18

  1. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments on the immigration citizenship question the Trump administration is adding to the 2020 census.

  2. President Trump gave his support to legislation that could begin a major overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system, lowering mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses and directing money to anti-recidivism programs.

  3. California Fires

    The air itself is a danger in Northern California — it’s currently the dirtiest in the world, even worse than heavily polluted Chinese and Indian cities.

    More than 80,000 people have been forced to evacuate in the California wildfires.

    The official death toll from the fires is at 63, with more than 600 people missing. Specialists are combing the incinerated areas for human remains.

  4. Florida’s Senate race churns on, and now ballots are being recounted by hand.

    Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson were separated by just 12,603 votes.

    The governor’s race escaped a second recount, with the Republican Ron DeSantis ahead of the Democrat Andrew Gillum. The race is effectively over, but Mr. Gillum has declined to concede and court fights continue over additional uncounted ballots.

  5. Stacey Abrams Ends Fight for Georgia Governor.  On Friday, Abrams acknowledging that she did not have the votes to beat her Republican rival, Brian Kemp, but sounding a defiant note by declaring that an “erosion of democracy” had kept many of her backers from the polls.

  6. Half of U.S. post-millennial generation is non-white

    In a significant trend for politics, almost half of 6- to 21-year-olds in the U.S. are Hispanic, African-American, or Asian, according to a study by Pew Research, Axios' Stef Kight reports.

    Why it matters: Rapidly changing American demographics will have a profound impact on elections, government policies, economic opportunity, and more.  The political impact of changing U.S. demographics can already be seen in the high turnout of young Americans in the midterm elections, Frey tells Axios — an estimated 31% of people 18 to 29 voted, the most since 1994.

  7. Who rules YouTube?

    It isn’t Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber, or even Luis Fonsi.  

    Despite the international reach of those stars, the most-watched channel on the video service belongs to T-Series, an Indian music label and film production company.  Its videos have been seen 53 billion times, and the channel gains over 100,000 subscribers a day, thanks in part to a rapidly growing online Indian viewer base.

  8. Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis The NY Times investigative journalists recreate how the social network navigated its crisis.