Hard Numbers: Who Cares if Boris Behaves Badly?

71: The US Commerce Department says it has received more than 100,000 requests for exclusions from the administration's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. About two-thirds of those requests have been processed. Of those, 71 percent of requests have been granted. The lesson: Tariff exemptions create an influence racket that enriches lobbyists who are working to exempt their clients.

13,000: Each day in Ukraine's war-wracked east, a tentative ceasefire allows nearly 13,000 civilians to cross through the checkpoint at the boundary that separates separatist-controlled territory in Luhansk province from areas under the Ukrainian government's control. They travel to buy groceries and medicine, and especially to visit relatives. Fabrice Deprez of Bear Market Brief offers a compelling eyewitness account.

77: Following yet more embarrassing personal behavior from soon-to-be UK prime minister Boris Johnson, a recent YouGov survey found that 77 percent of Britons questioned say his private life is not relevant to whether he'd make a good prime minister.

24: Japan is often criticized for a perceived lack of women in its workforce, particularly in positions of authority. But according to Pew Research, 51 percent of Japanese women over 15 are in the workforce compared with 50 percent in France, 40 percent in Italy, and just 24 percent in India.

Last week, in Fulton, WI, together with election officials from the state of Wisconsin and the election technology company VotingWorks, Microsoft piloted ElectionGuard in an actual election for the first time.

As voters in Fulton cast ballots in a primary election for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates, the official count was tallied using paper ballots as usual. However, ElectionGuard also provided an encrypted digital tally of the vote that enabled voters to confirm their votes have been counted and not altered. The pilot is one step in a deliberate and careful process to get ElectionGuard right before it's used more broadly across the country.

Read more about the process at Microsoft On The Issues.

The risk of a major technology blow-up between the US and Europe is growing. A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the European Union wanted to boost its "technological sovereignty" by tightening its oversight of Big Tech and promoting its own alternatives to big US and Chinese firms in areas like cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her top digital officials unveiled their first concrete proposals for regulating AI, and pledged to invest billions of euros to turn Europe into a data superpower.

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Communal violence in Delhi: Over the past few days, India's capital city has seen its deadliest communal violence in decades. This week's surge in mob violence began as a standoff between protesters against a new citizenship law that critics say discriminates against India's Muslims and the law's Hindu nationalist defenders. Clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs in majority-Muslim neighborhoods in northeast Delhi have killed at least 11 people, both Muslim and Hindu, since Sunday. We're watching to see how Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government responds – Delhi's police force reports to federal, rather than local, officials.

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Ian Bremmer's perspective on what's happening in geopolitics:

What are the takeaways from President Trump's visit to India?

No trade deal, in part because Modi is less popular and he's less willing to focus on economic liberalization. It's about nationalism right now. Hard to get that done. But the India US defense relationship continues to get more robust. In part, those are concerns about China and Russia.

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27,000: The Emir of Qatar has decreed a $27,000 fine and up to five years in prison for anyone who publishes, posts, or repost content that aims to "harm the national interest" or "stir up public opinion." No word on whether the Doha-based Al-Jazeera network, long a ferocious and incisive critic of other Arab governments, will be held to the same standard.

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