At 10 p.m. on June 23, 2016, Sky News projected the words “IN OR OUT” across the top of a London building as an orchestral score ratcheted up the tension. “In or out—it is too late to change your mind,” declared Adam Boulton, the veteran anchor, seated in a makeshift studio across from Big Ben. “The polls have closed in the U.K.’s historic referendum on EU membership.” Election nights are major productions for British broadcasters, but Brexit was bigger, with Sky viewers watching worldwide.After the dramatic intro, Boulton jumped straight in with a huge exclusive, declaring he had “breaking news.” Nigel Farage, the global face of the Brexit campaign, had given Sky what sounded like a concession. His photo and a statement filled the screen, as Faisal Islam, Sky’s political editor, read Farage’s words aloud: “It’s been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally … [Read more...] about Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash
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Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser STAY-HOME SUMMER: Parliament will be all-but closed down over the summer recess while emergency repairs are carried out, POLITICO’s Tom McTague reports this morning. He has spoken to MPs and officials who say a plan has been drawn up to keep Portcullis House and the newer parliamentary estate open, but to shut off most of the older buildings for urgent safety work. “That means every restaurant and bar in the historic building will be forced to close,” McTague writes. “As will the libraries, the committee corridor where MPs and peers hold meetings, and journalists’ offices.” Good Thursday morning. A YEAR AGO TODAY BURNING INJUSTICES: At 7 a.m. on June 14 last year, London was waking to images of a tower block on fire. The tragedy that unfolded through the early hours of that morning was on a scale not seen in the capital in … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Stay-home summer — Remembering Grenfell — Big kickoff
BRITISH company Cambridge Analytica became engulfed in a Facebook data scandal which put the social media giant in the spotlight on both sides of the Atlantic. Here's what we know about data firm Cambridge Analytica, the Facebook data breach and the company's board of directors. What is Cambridge Analytica and is it closing down? Cambridge Analytica is a London-based company that helps business and political groups "change audience behaviour". They muster up data on voters through their internet-use. This data is then analysed and packaged so that political spin doctors can create more effective slogans and campaign messages. The company was only set up in 2013, launching as a spin-off project from parent company SCL Group. It collects data from sources including social media platforms like Facebook. On May 2, 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported the firm was to close. The report cites concerns of the company over legal fees and the loss of clients following the data scandal. … [Read more...] about Is Cambridge Analytica closing down, how was it involved with the Facebook data scandal and who is whistleblower Christopher Wylie?
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY BP Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Monday morning. Parliament is back today from its two-week Easter holiday, and so am I. Thanks to top colleagues Charlie Cooper and Tom McTague for filling in over the past fortnight. DRIVING THE DAY MAY IN THE HOUSE: Theresa May will address MPs on the bombing of Syria this afternoon as parliament returns from its two-week Easter recess to an international crisis. The prime minister will make a Commons statement at 3.30 p.m. and then field at least an hour of questions, before taking the rare step of asking Speaker John Bercow for an emergency debate to give MPs more time to debate Saturday’s air strikes. “We have acted because it is in our national interest to do so,” May will say, according to comments released overnight by No. 10. “It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Parliament’s back — May to face MPs after Syria strikes — Commonwealth summit starts today
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications