February 24, 2017
It’s finally Friday! In headline news, details emerged revealing inappropriate communications between the White House and the FBI over allegations of illegal ties between the president’s advisors and Russia; the Department of Justice reversed Obama-era plans to scale back use of private prisons; White House chief strategist and alt-right provocateur Steve Bannon denounced the media in a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference; and autopsy reports found that assailants used the chemical VX in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Keep an eye out for this weekend’s Democratic Party leadership meeting (see below), enjoy the Oscars, and catch up on some of our previous newsletters if you’re a little behind on our news selections. Have a great weekend!
The Wonks Team
- The New York Times reports on the state of the Democratic Party as its leaders struggle to craft a coherent message of opposition to the Trump administration as well as choose their next party chair during this weekend’s party leadership summit in Atlanta.
"My belief is, we have to resist every way and everywhere, every time we can," when Mr. Trump offends core American…www.nytimes.com
- The Washington Post reports on the response of Republican lawmakers to angry constituents at town hall meetings as they pitch their replacement plan for Obamacare during the Congressional recess.
Trump and some Republicans claim town halls are the work of liberal activists. But at dozens of events across the…www.washingtonpost.com
Public Policy and Health
- Anna Maria Barry-Jester of FiveThirtyEight analyzes the changes to Medicaid and insurance subsidies under the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act and assesses how it will affect the availability of coverage and tax rates across income brackets.
Last week, Republican members of the House put forward the outline of a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act…fivethirtyeight.com
- NPR writes about how public health officials declare a famine — which includes establishing baseline rates for food insecurity, weather conditions, and cooperation from international organizations — and explains how those conditions currently apply to the current famine in South Sudan.
This week United Nations officials declared that a famine in South Sudan is growing - fueled by a deadly combination of…www.npr.org
- Dan Favale of Bleacher Report grades the final trades made during this season’s NBA trade deadline, evaluating how each party performed in a two-team deal in terms of roster needs and salary cap restrictions.
The NBA trade deadline is barreling down on us like a nitrous-powered battering ram. Opening our minds, bodies and…bleacherreport.com
- David Edelstein of Vulture reviews the new horror movie “Get Out,” the directorial debut of comedian and actor Jordan Peele of “Key & Peele,” which satirizes the subtle prejudices of educated white liberals.