April 13, 2017
It’s Thursday. We’re on the cusp of the Easter weekend and, thankfully, the events of yesterday produced few compelling headlines — mainly that President Trump reversed course on a number of topics. In sports, the Stanley Cup playoffs kicked off with the Rangers, Bruins, Sharks, and Blues all stealing victories on the road. Meanwhile, the 2016–17 NBA season came to a close with some questionable benchings that kept the Miami Heat from returning to the postseason.
Finally, keep an eye out for our upcoming NBA playoff preview of the first round of the Eastern Conference, which we should have out later today, and read our preview of the West if you haven’t already.
The Wonks Team
- The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the California DMV’s process for rejecting vanity license plates and the growing number of submissions for plates featuring alt-right and Neo-Nazi references in light of Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency.
Battling bumper bigotry: DMV fights ugly messages on the road The white nationalism that seems to have flourished over…www.sfchronicle.com
- FiveThirtyEight assesses the significance of reported the infighting between White House staff, explaining the routine nature of intraparty squabbling between staffers and the potential legacy of Stephen Bannon on the Trump administration’s policies.
Presidential advisers feud. There was Colin Powell vs. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Valerie Jarrett vs. Rahm…fivethirtyeight.com
- The Washington Post reports on the Trump administration’s efforts to increase the deportation of undocumented immigrants by increasing funding and border patrol personnel at the Department of Homeland Security.
The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force that President Trump…www.washingtonpost.com
Business and Economy
- Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times examines how the tech industry failed to improve the quality of service in the airline industry, with technology instead focusing on finding cheaply priced flights in light of United Airlines recent public relations crisis.
What keeps deteriorating are comfort and quality of service for low-end passengers (i.e., most people). Legroom keeps…www.nytimes.com
Science and Health
- The Atlantic writes about the privacy debate in professional sports over the right to view and evaluate athletes’ biometric health data taken from wearable devices on athletes’ wrists and attached to player jerseys.
The raucous home crowd goes quiet as they watch the reigning Most Valuable Player step up to the free-throw line. For…www.theatlantic.com
- SB Nation recaps the most memorable moments from the 2016–17 NBA season, including highlight plays, bizarre media events, on-court skirmishes, and other memes.