April 11, 2017
It’s Tuesday. Yesterday, Alabama governor Robert Bentley resigned after a year-long investigation into his misuse of public resources to cover up an extramarital affair with one of his staffers. In other headline news, a murder-suicide at an elementary school in San Bernadino left a teacher and her student dead, along with the shooter; a district court judge in Texas ruled that the state’s voter ID laws unfairly discriminated against Hispanic voters; a United Airlines flight’s violent ejection of a passenger went viral; and the Pulitzer committee announced this year’s winners for journalism and literature, notably David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post for his reporting on Donald Trump’s charitable activities and author Colson Whitehead for his novel “The Underground Railroad.”
Anyway, good luck on the day ahead and thanks for checking out the newsletter.
The Wonks Team
- Claire Malone of FiveThirtyEight tracks the history of the American public’s indecisive opinion on foreign interventions, observing how Americans generally approve of using military force to demonstrate strength while hesitant about risking the lives of troops.
The purpose of President Trump's airstrikes on a Syrian government airfield was, according to Trump, to secure the…fivethirtyeight.com
- The Washington Post reports on the rising number of civilian deaths in Syria and the inability of the Trump administration to explain its role about the increased on the country airstrikes as a part of the president’s campaign to defeat the Islamic State.
The Pentagon has struggled in recent weeks to explain what lies behind a surge in reported civilian casualties in its…www.washingtonpost.com
Business and Economy
- Bloomberg News posts this photo essay on the construction of Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, conveying how the new structure has fundamentally altered the city’s skyline.
Builders have laid the final beam for Salesforce Tower, a $1 billion skyscraper in San Francisco that now stands as the…www.bloomberg.com
- The New York Times reports that Wells Fargo will reclaim $75 million from two former executives who failed to act in the bank’s fraudulent accounts scandal in a transaction known as a “clawback provision.”
Wells Fargo 's board said Monday that it would claw back an additional $75 million in compensation from the two…www.nytimes.com
Science and Health
- In yesterday’s episode of “Fresh Air” from NPR, host Terry Gross interviews Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal of Kaiser Health News on her new book “An American Sickness” detailing the inefficiencies and perverse incentives for fees in the health care industry.
Bill Diodato/Getty Images Health care is a trillion-dollar industry in America, but are we getting what we pay for…www.npr.org
- Lindsey Adler of Deadspin takes down The New York Times public editor Liz Spayd over Spayd’s misinformed response to criticism of the paper’s Sports Section, criticizing the lack of communication between editors within the paper or an understanding of the current climate of sports journalism by the paper’s public editor.
New York Times public editor Liz Spayd wrote an exceptionally stupid column this weekend criticizing the newspaper's…deadspin.com
- Jessica Goudeau reflects in The Atlantic on the ethics of the “S-Town” podcast, pondering whether or not the compelling narrative and subject matter justify the questionable ethics of the series.