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April 4, 2017

It’s Tuesday. Last night, March Madness wrapped up with the North Carolina Tar Heels holding off the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a pretty forgettable game to become national champions once again while the women’s tournament concluded on Sunday with the South Carolina Gamecocks coming up victorious against the Mississippi State Bulldogs for their first championship ever. In general, it was a disappointing finish for teams represented by bulldogs.

In headline news, Senate Democrats announced their intention to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to undo the Obama administration’s efforts to review and reform police departments accused of violating citizens’ rights, and an explosion in a St. Petersburg subway car killed 11 a week after anti-government protests shook Moscow.

Anyway, stay tuned for possible headlines about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Mar-a-Lago or new developments in the on-going story of sexual harassment claims against former executives and TV personalities at Fox News.


The Wonks Team


  • Perry Bacon, Jr. of FiveThirtyEight evaluates the levels of opposition to Donald Trump and the stances taken by various groups — Democrats, the media, career civil servants, the Freedom Caucus, and others — in opposing the president’s agenda.

Public Policy

Business and Economy

Science and Health

  • NPR reports on the pharmaceutical giant Mylan’s recall of its brand of EpiPens in the U.S. and Australia as well as the company’s recent controversies over how it prices EpiPens or allows access to generic alternatives.


  • FiveThirtyEight tracks the history of resting players in the NBA and tries to see if it has an actual impact on extending their career or improving their playoff hopes, as well as how coaches spread out DNP decisions over the course of the season.


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