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 the week of July 4 – July 10, 2016.
GOOD READS: The Five Best Articles We’ve Read All Week.
1) Nine One One
“At times, the Dallas Police Department’s Twitter account could have been mistaken for that of a reporter or activist documenting the rally. Tweets meticulously documented the demonstration and where it was headed, and featured photos and videos of the marchers.” From Emily Crockett in Vox: Dallas Police Were Doing Everything Right — and Then the Shooting Started.
2) The American Dream
“The opposite of gentrification is not a quirky and charming enclave that stays affordable forever; the opposite of gentrification is a decline in prices that reflects the transformation of a once desirable neighborhood into one that is looking more and more like a ghetto every day.” From Kelefa Sanneh in The New Yorker: Is Gentrification Really a Problem?
3) Inbox Zero
“‘Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,’ [FBI Director James] Comey said . . . The decision effectively means that [Hillary] Clinton will not have to fear criminal liability as her campaign moves forward, though Comey leveled sharp criticism of her past email practices and called into question many of her defenses.” From Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind S. Helderman in The Washington Post: FBI Recommends No Criminal Charges in Clinton Email Probe. (Our take: Is this the final chapter of the Clinton email saga? Not likely. Republicans and the State Department just ordered season two of Inbox.)
4) Facebook Live
“As a police officer holds a gun on Castile, who is covered in blood, Reynolds calmly describes how she and Castile and her 4-year-old daughter were pulled over for having a broken tail-light. She says Castile informed police that he was licensed to carry a firearm but was trying to produce his ID when the officer opened fire and shot him in the arm and stomach.” From Mathew Ingram in Forbes: Facebook Live Streams the Death of a Black Man Shot by Police.
5) Watching the Detectives
“In most cases, these videos are captured by random bystanders who pulled out their camera-equipped cellphones . . . But that was not the case with the first video that surfaced from Baton Rouge on Tuesday afternoon, which showed a white police officer fatally shooting Alton Sterling. That video, which caused nationwide outrage after it went viral on social media, was actually filmed by a member of an organized group that specifically seeks out violent crimes using police scanners with the intention of filming them, not for the purpose of exposing police but to deter young people from crime.” From Travis M. Andrews in The Washington Post: the Story Behind the Filming of the Fatal Baton Rouge Police Shooting. It Was No Coincidence.
BY THE NUMBERS: Five Telling Numbers Tucked Inside the News.
110 emails. During their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, the FBI found 110 messages in 52 email chains that contained classified information. [Digg]
20,000 pounds. We told you a few weeks ago that the US has a surplus of cheese and that, to eat the surplus away, Americans would need to increase their consumption this year by 3 pounds. Well, we all just got a little help. In Wisconsin, 20,000 pounds of cheese from U.S. Foods, en route from Green Bay to New York, was stolen. Anyone with information is encouraged to call me. [The Associated Press]
30 percent. Roughly 30% of single millennials have chosen not to date someone based off their TV viewing preferences. The other 70% must have an incredible amount of tolerance. [The Wrap]
440 death sentences. There have only been 8,038 death sentences since the reinstatement of the death penalty 40 years ago in the United States. One in twenty of those sentences (or 440 in total) have been the responsibility of just five district attorneys. “One had a poster from the movie Tombstone on his office wall with ‘Justice is coming’ emblazoned on it; another used a miniature model of an electric chari as a paperweight; a thrid, dubbed the ‘Queen of Death’, said she was ‘passionate about judicially killing people . . . .” [The Guardian]
50 years old. The Freedom of Information Act turned 50 years old this past week. FOIA, which permits anyone to request federal government documents with a mere letter, was signed into law by a reluctant President Lyndon Johnson and has had a significant impact on journalism and the media lanscape. [The Washington Post]
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