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 26, 2016.
GOOD READS: The Five Best Articles We’ve Read All Week.
The decision to leave the European Union is going to have enormous ramifications for Britain. How did this happen? “There are two main political reasons [Brexit came to a vote’,” Will Somerville, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, wrote before Thursday’s vote. "The internal politics of a governing Conservative Party that has become increasingly Euroskeptic, and the anti-immigration-fueled rise of the UK Independence Party.” From Will Somerville on the Migration Information Source: Brexit: The Role of Migration in the Upcoming EU Referendum.
2) Bangers and Crash
"Global markets buckled as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union drove the pound to the lowest in more than 30 years and wiped about $3 trillion from stock market values while sparking demand for haven assets from U.S. Treasuries to gold.” From Jeremy Herron in Bloomberg: World Markets Roiled by Brexit as Stocks, Pound Drop; Gold Soars.
3) Get Stonewalled
"President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the iconic Stonewall Inn in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.” From Josh Lederman in PBS Newshour: Stonewall Inn Officially Becomes First National Monument for Gay Rights.
4) Thought Crimes?
"They are men who clearly seemed to be building toward violent acts, and whose names had surfaced in terrorism investigations, but who avoided crossing legal lines that could tip off the authorities until it was too late. With thousands of terrorism surveillance cases running at any given time, the European authorities say they are swamped and are in the difficult position of trying to head off attacks of which the only forewarning is often in the form of what someone thinks or what they are overheard saying.” From Rukmini Callimachi in The New York Times: How Do You Stop a Future Terrorist When the Only Evidence Is a Thought?
5) In the Shadows
"The boy was dying. There was no treatment; he had lost too much blood, and his lungs had filled with concrete particles. Nott held his hand for four agonizing minutes. ‘All you can do is just comfort them,’ he told me. I asked him what that entailed, since M1 had exhausted its supply of morphine. He began to cry, and said, ‘All you can hope is that they die quickly.” From Ben Taub in The New Yorker: The Shadow Doctors: The Underground Race to Spread Medical Knowledge as the Syrian Regime Erases It.
BY THE NUMBERS: Five Telling Numbers Tucked Inside the News.
$1.1 billion. The Zika talks broke down in Congress this week. On their way to adjourning, House Republicans passed their $1.1 billion plan signed off on by GOP leaders in the House and Senate. The problem is the GOP package can’t get 60 Senate votes and Democrats abandoned negotiations. Democrats are furious that Republicans are insisting that the funding be partially paid for by cuts to the Affordable Care Act and by shifting more than $100 million from the Ebola emergency fund. So as we approach peak mosquito season, Congress once again fails to get its job done. [ABC News]
2 years. The U.K. referendum to leave the EU is not a formal, legally binding trigger for a British exit. There are a number of options available to the British government from a legal point of view, but the most likely option is to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. Once invoked, Britain will have to years to negotiate a “withdrawal agreement” with the remaining 27 EU countries. [Politico]
30 paid staff. This is the estimated paid staff the Trump campaign said it had on the ground across the country. Needless to say, this is an atypical number of staffers to have at this point. The Trump campaign insists that this “strategy” – to the extent that you can call it that – reflects Trump’s disdain for traditional Republican campaign practices. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that, as we head into the general election campaign season, there really is no Donald Trump campaign. [Associated Press]
44 percent. The EU is the U.K.’s largest trading partner, and 44 percent of the country’s exports go to the E.U. The U.K.’s decision to leave the EU, thus, creates uncertainty around what a new trade deal will look like between the two bodies. One thing is probably certain, however: whatever the result is will likely be bad news for the U.K.’s economy. [Bloomberg]
59.6 percent. It’s no secret that Donald Trump loves Twitter. And on Twitter, Trump loves to use exclamation points. Between Nov. 5 and June 2, 59.6 percent of Trump’s tweets contained at least one exclamation point. About 10.4 percent contain two or more exclamation points. By comparison, only about 7 percent of Hillary Clinton’s tweets from Nov. 15 to June 8 had at least one exclamation point. [FiveThirtyEight]
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