Released every Sunday, The Five is a weekly roundup (of sorts) of the political landscape in the United States. It is a compliment to The Weekly Column and The Two Minute Drill and includes Good Reads (the five best articles we’ve read all week) and By the Numbers (a weekly digest of the telling numbers inside the news). Thanks for reading!
This is The Five for June 19, 2016.
GOOD READS: The Five Best Articles We’ve Read All Week.
1) A Gun Dealer on Every Corner
“In their analysis, Beltz and colleagues found that there were six gun dealers in the U.S. for every Starbucks (of which there are 10,843, according to 2013 data). Gun sellers also outnumber grocery stores (37,716 in 2014), McDonald’s (14,350 in 2014), and total coffee shops (55,246 in 2016) in the U.S. If gun collectors, manufacturers, and importers were all counted as gun dealers, the total number balloons to 138,659 – far more than, say, the number of public schools in the country (98,328 in 2011-12).” From Tanvi Misra in CityLab: Mapping the Sale of Firearms vs. Frappuccinos.
2) Trial and Error
“A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped. The 22-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and fined $824. She will also be deported . . . The case of the Dutch woman raises further questions about how the Qatari authorities will deal with the thousands of Western tourists expected to travel to the country for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, many of whom may be unfamiliar with its laws.” From the BBC: Qatar Convicts Dutch Woman Held “After Being Raped.”
3) What's in a Name
President Obama made a forceful response to Donald Trump’s insistence that the mass murder in Orlando be labelled radical Islamic terrorism: “There’s no magic to the phrase radical Islam . . . What exactly would using this language accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIl less committed to try and kill Americans? Would it bring in moe allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.” From Halimah Abdullah in NBC News: Obama Decries Trump’s Muslim Ban, Asks: “Where Does This Stop?”
4) Binge Subscribing
“He compared Netflix to a rat racing on a wheel, staying ahead only by going faster and faster and spending more and more: As its costs continue to go up, it needs to constantly generate more subscribers to stay ahead of others.” From Joe Nocera in the NYT Magazine: Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created?
5) The Widow Makers
“They are all white, all middle-aged, and all men. A few live openly lavish lifestyles, but the majority fly under the radar. Rarely is there news about them in the mainstream media or even the trade press. Their obscurity would seem unremarkable if we were talking about the biggest manufacturers of auto accessories or heating systems. But these are America’s top gunmakers – leading of the nation’s most controversial industry.” From Josh Harkinson in Mother Jones: Fully Loaded: Inside the Shadowy World of Americas 10 Biggest Gunmakers.
BY THE NUMBERS: Five Telling Numbers Tucked Inside the News.
14 mass shootings. In the past 10 years, assault-style weapons have been used in 14 mass shootings. Of those 14 shootings, seven have occurred in the past 12 months. The 1994 ban on assault weapon expired in 2004 – 12 years ago. [The Boston Globe]
$26.2 billion. Microsoft Would Like to Add You Its Professional Network. The company announced this week its purchase of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. “This is about the coming together of the leading professional cloud and the leading professional network. This is the logical next step to take. We believe we can accelerate that by making LinkedIn the social fabric for all of Office.” [Bloomberg]
3 interviews. The killer in the Orlando mass shooting – who we will henceforth call, “Terrorist Dipshit” – was placed on the terrorist watch list after being the subject of two FBI investigations. The FBI interviewed him three times throughout that process. He was subsequently removed from the watch list after those investigations were closed. [Los Angeles Times]
41 times more likely. LGBT people are 2.4 times more likely to suffer a violent hate crime than Jews; they are 2.6 times more likely to be attacked than blacks; 4.4 times more likely than Muslims; 13.8 times more likely than Latinos; and 41.5 times more likely than whites, according to the FBI. [The Southern Poverty Law Center]
5-to-2. In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort in Puerto Rico to allow public utilities in the territory to restructure $20 billion in debt, striking down a 2014 Puerto Rico law. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority, saying the law was at odds with the federal bankruptcy code. [The New York Times]
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