Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. When the Conservative insider pushes her anti-elite, Trump-light message, who’s listening, and what do they hear?
“Leitch’s entire campaign is a wager. It’s a gamble on elasticity. She is banking, with every dog-whistle statement, every Trump allusion and anti-elite jibe, on the idea that the link between messenger and message in politics is so loose now it might as well not exist. She’s trusting that in 2017, anyone can sell anything. History doesn’t matter. Background doesn’t matter. Authenticity is dead.
“It’s a hell of a bet.”
2. Trump wants 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for wall
“President Donald Trump has decided he will seek to pay for the wall on the US’s southern border by imposing a 20% tax on imports from Mexico and as part of a larger comprehensive tax reform plan, the White House said Thursday.
3. Will France sound the death knell for social democracy?
“As a presidential election approaches this spring, even workers in the country’s rust belt are embracing right-wing populism.”
4. Canada’s media industry needs major federal cash support: Report
“A major report on the crisis in Canada’s media industry is recommending changes to Canada’s tax system and to the CBC’s revenue model to boost funding for private and non-profit news operations, in addition to calling for a $100-million federal investment in the creation of a new Journalism & Democracy Fund.”
5. Lawyers are being replaced by machines that read
“Lawyers are the professionals everyone loves to loathe. Jokes about attorneys abound, and Shakespeare’s line from Henry VI remains a cultural favorite: ”The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. Soon, that dream may come true, and machines will be the ones to do it.”