This piece was originally published in the September 24, 2021 edition of CAP Action’s weekly newsletter, What’s Trending? Subscribe to What’s Trending? here.

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Do you know the difference between engagement rate and interactions? If not, you likely aren’t alone. Read on to learn about how different aspects of President Biden’s agenda are being discussed on Facebook and what that means for how we message them.

But first: Did you miss our latest edition of What’s Trending? You can read it here.

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

  • Legislative negotiations: The House passed a bill to avoid a government shutdown and economic default, but Republican…

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Despite leading three efforts to increase the debt limit under the Trump administration and voting 32 times to increase the debt limit by over $20 trillion himself over the course of his career, Senator Mitch McConnell (R, KY) is threatening to oppose and filibuster an effort to address the looming debt limit deadline that will come due in October. Debt limit increases are must-pass provisions that ensure that the federal government can pay what it owes on obligations that it has already incurred. Failing to do so would result in an unprecedented default by the United States…


This piece was originally published in the September 17, 2021 edition of CAP Action’s weekly newsletter, What’s Trending? Subscribe to What’s Trending? here.

Hey, y’all.

The Met Gala dominated social media this week — we’ll dive into what that means for the Build Back Better Agenda below.

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In early 2020, the Trump administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by May of 2021. Many applauded, including Republicans. Earlier this year, Biden pushed forward the May withdrawal deadline, and Republicans criticized him. Now that the Biden administration has ended the war by withdrawing troops, they are attacking him for withdrawing so quickly, or at all.

The hypocrisy is not just related to timing. When Trump was dealing with the Taliban, Republicans allied with the administration lauded him. Now, Biden’s dealings with the Taliban are criticized.

To cover their tracks and hide…


Federal, State, and Local officials from across the country continue to see benefits from the American Rescue Plan for their constituents months after its passage.

State and local governments continue to use ARP funding to revitalize their communities. In Maine, Governor Janet Mills announced that $128 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds would go towards Maine’s effort to expand broadband internet service. In Wisconsin, Governor Evers announced that $25 million in ARP funds would go towards investing in urban transit systems. …


This piece was originally published in the September 10, 2021 edition of CAP Action’s weekly newsletter, What’s Trending? Subscribe to What’s Trending? here.

Hey, y’all.

It’s been a heckuva news week. In this edition, we’ll review the Facebook landscape and examine which issues are breaking through — and which aren’t.

But first! Did you miss our latest edition of What’s Trending? You can read it here.

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK


As the COVID-19 delta variant continues to spread at a rapid pace across the country, top Republican officials continue to spread disinformation and fight against public health measures while their own states become epicenters of the virus’ latest surge. With the rapid spread of the delta variant, mask mandates have been discouraged or banned by GOP officials while child hospitalization rates in the US had their biggest increase of the pandemic yet in August, with hospitalizations of children under 18 30% higher than their previous peak.

USAFacts produced the following datavisualization showing the top states with the highest 7-day average…


Federal, State, and Local officials from across the country continue to see benefits from the American Rescue Plan for their constituents months after its passage.

This week, lawmakers touted an analysis by Columbia University which found that the Child Tax Credit lifted 3 million kids from poverty in July, representing a 25% cut in the child poverty rate. Meanwhile, state and local governments continue to use ARP funding to revitalize their communities. …


This piece was originally published in the August 27, 2021 edition of CAP Action’s weekly newsletter, What’s Trending? Subscribe to What’s Trending? here.

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I hope this note finds you safe and well.

This week we’re examining a serious drop in the volume of online conversation about the economy and how that is affected by other topics in the news. Read on to learn more.

But first! Did you miss our latest edition of What’s Trending? You can read it here.

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

  • Afghanistan: In tragic news, several explosions resulted in a number of casualties, including U.S. service members, outside the…

This piece was originally published in the August 13, 2021 edition of CAP Action’s weekly newsletter, What’s Trending? Subscribe to What’s Trending? here.

Hey, y’all.

The U.S. pullout from Afghanistan and its consequences dominated the news this week, including on Facebook. We’ll dive in below.

But first! Did you miss our latest edition of What’s Trending? Don’t worry — you can read it here.

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

  • School mask mandates: The Biden administration responded this week to efforts to ban mask mandates in Texas, Florida, and six other states. The bans elicited concern about back-to-school plans from both public health officials and parents…

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