February 16, 2017
It’s Thursday. Yesterday, Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor over criticisms of his policies towards workers and domestic violence allegations; President Trump backed off from America’s commitment to a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians; Yahoo has agreed to restructure its sale to Verizon; and details have begun to emerge on the death of Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Enjoy the day ahead.
The Wonks Team
- Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight evaluates the salience of the scandals surrounding Donald Trump and his administration, arguing that allegations against Trump often become newsworthy months after news outlets initially report on the story.
To work as someone who covers Donald Trump for a living is to sometimes doubt your own memory. Quite often, a story…fivethirtyeight.com
- David Nakamura of the Washington Post compares President Trump’s press demeanor at press conferences with former President Barack Obama’s, explaining how Obama often gave long-winded and meandering responses to avoid answering questions while Trump makes brash and declarative sound bites.
For the past eight years, a presidential news conference was a chance to hear from Professor Obama, the long-winded…www.washingtonpost.com
- The New York Times reports on President Trump’s decision to put intelligence agencies under review by billionaire investor Stephen Feinberg, who’s rumored to receive an appointment to run one of the nation’s intelligence agencies despite his lack of experience with the intelligence community.
On an array of issues - including the Iran nuclear deal, the utility of NATO, and how best to combat Islamist militancy…www.nytimes.com
Business and Economy
- The Atlantic assesses the social benefits of the H1-B visa program that provides work visas for skilled laborers from overseas, noting that companies abuse the program to give lower salaries to employees in spite of promoting the program as a means for increasing diversity.
To many, the visas are part of a story about the dynamism that comes from America's diversity. But there's another…www.theatlantic.com
Science and Health
- Quartz compiles a list of scientific concepts — with descriptions — that they believe will dominate public policy debates, come under scrutiny, or become subjected to mischaracterization by the Trump administration.
It's early days of 2017 still, but already it's become apparent that this year science will play a larger role in…qz.com
- Jason Concepcion of The Ringer reflects on the career of Rajon Rondo, noting how the former all-star point guard could anchor an offense despite his inability to score and why he no longer fits in an NBA dominated by 3-point shooters.
It wasn’t that long ago that nonshooters could be superstarstheringer.com
- Michael Cavna of the Washington Post analyzes the personality traits of Batman in movies, arguing how the lighthearted characterization of Batman as aloof and smug in “The Lego Batman Movie” serves as a welcome reprieve from the portrayal of the superhero as dark and brooding in live-action films.