What We’re Following
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second official State of the Union at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, following a border-wall-funding standoff and a record-long government shutdown that led to a week’s delay for the speech. Sure, he may talk about investing in policy with bipartisan support—infrastructure, lowering prescription-drug prices—and all under the umbrella theme “Choosing Greatness,” but what other political achievements might Trump have to show off? (Here’s why any gesture at unity won’t work tonight, John Dickerson argues.)
San Francisco is hoping to ban local-government use of facial-recognition technology. If lawmakers pass the ordinance, it would make the California city the first in the nation with such an outright ban. But San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s bill hones in on face-recognition as used in policing. So what about, say, that infamous face-unlock feature on Apple’s latest iPhone model?
The Oscars is demonstrating its inferiority complex, as the Academy prepares for the 91st iteration of its awards ceremony later this month. First it tried to add a (short-lived) new prize to recognize “outstanding achievement in popular film.” It’s trimmed its broadcast of award categories without much celebrity (including, reportedly, cinematography). It remains host-less. Is there a solution for the institution that’s trying to balance maintaining its stature and broadening its appeal as a supposed purveyor of the best in film?