December 7, 2016
Happy Pearl Harbor Day! It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. In headline news, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia this morning, with details on its impact still developing, and former Heisman trophy winner and Chicago Bears running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a park in Boulder, Colorado. Meanwhile, president-elect Donald Trump went after Boeing’s contract with Air Force One along with the individual actions of a variety of other corporations.
Anyway, enjoy reading the newsletter and good luck with the day ahead.
The Wonks Team
- The Upshot Blog visualizes the data of the subjects of Donald Trump’s insults on Twitter over the course of the presidential campaign, including the primary targets of his tweets on a weekly basis and how each tweet fit into the timeline of the election.
Charts show a 30-day moving average. Donald J. Trump's tweets can be confounding for journalists and his political…www.nytimes.com
- The Washington Post analyzes the effectiveness and limitations of executive actions, assessing how presidential memos and orders shape the direction of the federal bureaucracy as well as carry out the president’s national agenda.
Executive orders are the most well- documented presidential actions. Presidential orders, which Obama used to enact…www.washingtonpost.com
- Bloomberg News reports on the options proposed by lobbyists for the health insurance industry to Republicans to serve as replacements for the individual health care mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. health insurers signaled Tuesday that they're willing to give up a cornerstone provision of Obamacare that…www.bloomberg.com
Business and Economy
- Eduardo Porter of The New York Times evaluates arguments on the efficacy of war, plague, or political violence as a means for enacting social and addressing income inequality.
History - from Ancient Rome through the Gilded Age; from the Russian Revolution to the Great Compression of incomes…www.nytimes.com
Science and Health
- Maryn McKenna writes in FiveThirtyEight about the unofficial “Waffle House index” used by emergency management officials as a barometer of the potential damage of an impending storm based on its effects on the restaurant franchise’s supply chain.
On a warm, cloudy morning in the first week of October, in an anonymous office park just outside Atlanta, operations…fivethirtyeight.com
- NBA columnist Michael Lee of The Vertical analyzes the “tall ball” style of the Milwaukee Bucks or how they built a team around players with greater than average physical length for their positions that creates mismatches for opposing defenders.