August 15, 2017
It’s Tuesday. Yesterday, President Trump condemned racist hate groups in response to his insufficient remarks on the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday but also criticized Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier for resigning from a presidential advisory board in protest of the president’s tepid response. Frazier, along with two other prominent CEOs left their positions on the resident’s Manufacturing Council citing Trump’s inability to immediately denounce racism.
In other top news, President Trump will consider offering a pardon to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted in a federal court for racial profiling and denying detainees of their civil rights; California joined a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s threat to sanctuary cities; and the Big Ben clock in London will go silent for the next four years while undergoing repairs.
Anyway, enjoy the day ahead and thanks for reading the newsletter.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- NPR examines the legal statutes for prosecuting the perpetrators of racial violence in Charlottesville, finding flaws in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ assertions that the Justice Department could try white nationalist protesters on terrorism charges.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked how he viewed the car attack in Charlottesville, Va., here's how he…www.npr.org
- The Washington Post investigates the early efforts to set up private meetings between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian operatives as documented by email overtures from Russia dating back to March 2016.
Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers…www.washingtonpost.com
- Julia Azari of FiveThirtyEight chronicles the history of presidential responses to racial violence, citing delayed or lackadaisical comments as the norm but also pointing out the unusually anemic quality of President Trump’s actions on violence in Charlottesville.
White nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend drew bipartisan condemnation, particularly…fivethirtyeight.com
Business, Science, and Health
- The Atlantic writes about the lack of scientific consensus on the health concerns of being overweight, explaining concerns about the obesity epidemic and the broader factors that cause weight gain.
Some studies show being overweight leads to a greater risk of death; others show it doesn't. Here's what's really going…www.theatlantic.com
- Peter J. Henning of The New York Times assesses the lending controversies surrounding Wells Fargo and the absence of strictly enforced rules to hold the company accountable for defrauding consumers.
In its most recent quarterly report, Wells Fargo disclosed that it increased its estimate of the costs from legal…www.nytimes.com
Sports and Culture
- FiveThirtyEight analyzes the relationship between pitching speed and ball control for starting pitchers, finding evidence of more reliable fastballs and increasing velocity for pitchers during a hot streak.
We've all seen a pitcher when he's zeroed in: His mechanics are clean, his curveball is dropping off the table and he's…fivethirtyeight.com
- Bleacher Report evaluates the schedule of the upcoming NBA season, highlighting the projected top matchups of the 2017–18 season and links to each individual schedule of the 30 NBA teams.