Today in One Paragraph
The White House will ask Congress for $1.8 billion to combat the Zika virus. Indian regulators banned Facebook’s Free Basic program on net neutrality grounds. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign may see a staff shake-up earlier than expected.
Fighting Zika. President Obama will request more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to expand research and diagnostic tests for the Zika virus, which is potentially linked to certain birth defects. “We must work aggressively to investigate these outbreaks, and mitigate, to the best extent possible, the spread of the virus,” the administration said in a statement. (Steven Mufson and Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post)
Staff Shake-Up? In anticipation of what might be a loss in the New Hampshire primary, Hillary and Bill Clinton “are considering staffing and strategy changes.” A reassessment of staffing at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters was in the plans, but may come sooner than expected. (Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni, Politico)
A Blow to Facebook. India’s telecom regulator ruled against the social media giant’s Free Basics program because it would unfairly help certain Internet services over others. The decision hampers Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to bring sites like Wikipedia, news sites, and Facebook to areas without affordable Internet access. (Jessi Hempel, Wired)