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.
Many of the early struggles of Donald Trump's presidency appear to be self-inflicted: a leader with little experience…fivethirtyeight.com
- The Washington Post reports on the clandestine pre-inauguration meetings between military contractor Blackwater and the United Arab Emirates to establish a line communication regarding the then-incoming Trump administration’s polices toward Russia and Iran.
The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian…www.washingtonpost.com
- Bloomberg News reports on the restrictions added to the H-1B visa program by the Trump administration, explaining how corporations abuse the policy to lower labor costs but also the necessity of the program for tech companies.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department issued a memorandum that makes it harder for companies to…www.bloomberg.com
Business and Economy
- Quartz assesses the significance of a contract with Apple to the value of smaller tech companies in its supply chain for generating revenue and sustaining company operations when Apple moves to manufacture its products in-house.
For a company worth $750 billion, it's not such a big deal to terminate a $76 million annual contract. But for the…qz.com
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.
The pharmaceutical company Mylan NV announced a recall of some brand-name EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. auto-injectors on…www.npr.org
- Jonah Keri of CBS Sports examines how home run and strikeout rates have grown in baseball post-steroids era, noting the subtle changes in batting technique of hitters matched by greater use of defensive shifts by infielders and quicker outfielders.
The year was 2014, and A.J. Preller had a plan. Hired as the San Diego Padres new general manager in August of that…www.cbssports.com
- 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.
This NBA season has produced plenty of eye-popping box scores, but some of the most talked about stat lines recently…fivethirtyeight.com
- The New York Times reviews comedian Louis C.K.’s new stand up special “2017” on Netflix, reflecting on the self-contradictions in C.K.’s humor and the discipline of his delivery on stage.