It’s Friday, and here are five things to know for your new day.
1. Gun debate
“I’m really sorry.” With that apology, Mark Zuckerberg’s trying to fix the damage done to Facebook in the data-sharing scandal with Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg, in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Laurie Segall, said the social media site was changing its policies to make sure user data is protected after Cambridge Analytica – which had ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign – grabbed info from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
He called the scandal “probably the biggest mistake that we made here”; said he’s willing to testify about this before Congress, “if it’s the right thing to do”; and admitted he’s sure “someone’s trying” to use Facebook to meddle in this year’s midterm elections. CNN’s Chris Cillizza says Facebook’s problems are so bad, not even a techno wizard like Zuckerberg may be able to solve them.
2. Hope Hicks
What it doesn’t have is a DACA deal for Dreamers, nor the health care market stabilization measure that Sen. Susan Collins wanted. A promise to try to pass that was what spurred Collins to vote yes on repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate. So, she finds the measure’s omission “extremely disappointing.” The House could take the bill up today.
4. Canada & India
But there are reports that five of the girls died in captivity. The government insists no ransom was paid for their release, so the reason Boko Haram suddenly let them go isn’t clear. And Amnesty International put out a report accusing the Nigerian army of failing to respond to warning signs before the mass kidnapping.
5. West Virginia teacher strike
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Ready, set, SWIPE!
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Who’s the rat?
Their owner didn’t know which cat made the big mess – until one quietly ratted out the other. (Click to view.)