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The News

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


Public Policy

  • 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.

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.

Science and Health



  • 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.
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