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The News

February 28, 2017

Happy Mardi Gras! It’s the final day of February and the eve of Lent. Tonight President Trump will make his first speech before a joint session of Congress to outline his budget, so keep an eye out for any possible proposals for replacing Obamacare or details on infrastructure spending.

Meanwhile, in post-Oscars news, SpaceX announced that it intends to send two space travelers to the moon by next year; the Department of Justice dropped a case against Texas over the state’s voter ID law; and former President George W. Bush spoke out against the immigration and press restricting policies of the current administration.

Good luck on the week ahead.


The Wonks Team


Public Policy

Business and Economy

  • Quartz assesses how Uber’s tight performance-review process and decentralized management structure shapes the company’s cutthroat culture where employees actively undermine their peers for recognition and advancement.

Science and Health



  • Kevin Lincoln of Vulture writes about “Moonlight’s” Best Picture win and evaluates the significance of its victory on distributors of independent films and the role of movie critics in determining the merits of a film.
  • Aileen Gallagher of Vulture writes an appreciation for actor Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday from complications from surgery, and argues that the character actor with an everyman persona did his best work as a the leading man on the HBO show “Big Love.”
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