Hard Numbers

40,000: The Trump administration’s steel tariffs could cause the loss of up to 40,000 US auto sector jobs by 2019, according to an estimate from the Council on Foreign Relations. The price of cars is expected to rise along with that of steel, leading to lower projected sales for US manufacturers.


115: Climate change scientists forecast that extreme temperatures of 46°C (115°F) will be five times more likely in the Middle East and North Africa by 2050 than they were in 2000, when temps reached these levels an average of 16 days per year.

68.7: China has overtaken the US in “healthy life expectancy” for the first time. Chinese newborns can expect 68.7 years of healthy life, compared with 68.5 years for American babies. American newborns can still expect to live longer overall — 78.5 years compared to 76.4 in China, but Americans are more likely to spend their later years in ill health.

10: 87 percent of Brazilians support ongoing nationwide trucker strikes in response to higher gasoline prices. But only 10 percent approve of the proposed tax hike and spending cuts needed to meet their demands.

4: As of today, Spain has had four motions of no confidence since its transition to democracy following the death of Francisco Franco in 1975. All three previous votes were unsuccessful.

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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