April 5, 2017
It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. In headline news, the Assad regime in Syria launched one of the deadliest chemical weapons attacks on rebel-held territories in years, resulting in the deaths of 58 people, with countless others injured. In other news, the head of the Federal Reserve in Richmond, Virginia resigned after investigators found that he leaked information about the Fed’s planned bond-buying stimulus to Medley Global Advisors in 2012 while the list of advertisers dropping sponsorship of Bill O’Reilly’s nightly program grew over allegation’s of behavior around female contributors to his show.
As per usual, good luck on the day ahead and thanks for checking out the newsletter.
The Wonks Team
- The Washington Post visualizes the senate confirmation votes of current U.S. Supreme Court Justices and analyzes how the growing polarization between political parties informs the upcoming vote on court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
On Jan. 31, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to a seat formerly held by Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016…www.washingtonpost.com
- FiveThirtyEight assesses the effectiveness of President Trump’s orders limiting the authority of the EPA, noting how states picked up the slack for protecting the environment in previous reductions made to the EPA under Presidents Reagan and Bush.
Last week, President Trump signed a broad executive order that's primarily aimed at promoting the use of coal and…fivethirtyeight.com
Business and Environment
- The Upshot estimates the social cost of carbon, explaining how the government prices the future damages of carbon dioxide emissions on climate change using financial investment measurements for evaluating risk.
The social cost of carbon, the estimated monetary damages caused by the release of an additional ton of carbon dioxide…www.nytimes.com
- Deadspin compiles a list of sports pundit hot takes on Tony Romo’s career after the Dallas Cowboys quarterback announced his retirement yesterday to become the lead color commentator on CBS.
If Tony Romo deserves to be remembered for anything, it's that he managed to make nearly everyone look fucking stupid…deadspin.com
- Bleacher Report profiles Kawhi Leonard’s rise to NBA superstardom as told by his coaches and teammates, including his origins as mid-rotation player to franchise star with the San Antonio Spurs and MVP candidate.