December 6, 2016
It’s Tuesday. In headline news, the total number of victims from Friday’s warehouse fire in Oakland climbed to 36 and officials declared a mistrial in the case against former South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager, who was caught on video shooting unarmed motorist Walter Scott. Meanwhile, the bizarre saga of “pizzagate” took a violent turn yesterday, when an armed man fired a rifle in the pizzeria from the fake news story. In more uplifting news, the final race of the 2016 election concluded with outgoing North Carolina governor Mike McCrory finally conceding last month’s gubernatorial election in his state.
As per usual, have fun on this Tuesday and thanks for reading the newsletter.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Bureaucracy
- Long Read: The Washington Post investigates how the Pentagon suppressed a report conducted by the agency’s Defense Business Board on how the administration could streamline operations, improve efficiency, and reduce spending by $125 billion over five years.
The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations…www.washingtonpost.com
- Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight examines police violence against Native Americans, noting why the are most likely to be the victims of police shootings and why researchers have a difficult time gathering reliable data on the group.
UPDATE (Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.): The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it had denied the permit Energy Transfer…fivethirtyeight.com
Business and Sports
- The Los Angeles Times analyzes how demand for sports affects your cable bill, explaining how live sports subsidizes programming on basic cable channels and how regional sports channels create additional billing fees for consumers.
Last year, Americans collectively spent 31 billion hours watching sports on TV - a 40% increase from a decade ago. They…www.latimes.com
Science and Health
- The New York Times writes about Japan’s policies aimed at consumers to reduce the effects of climate change as well as the country’s generational gap regarding the importance of the issue.
A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed similar results - 75 percent of Japanese over the age of 50 said…www.nytimes.com