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The News

January 11, 2017

It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. In headlines, President Obama gave his farewell address to the nation laying out his case for rebuilding trust in the political process and our institutions, president-elect Trump received an intelligence memo of unsubstantiated but scandalizing claims from Russia about his personal life, Dylann Roof received the death penalty for committing the mass shooting in at a black church Charleston in 2015, and Fox News covertly settled a sexual harassment suit against pundit Bill O’Reilly.

Stay tuned for more stories on the presidential confirmation hearings and enjoy the day ahead.

Cheers,

The Wonks Team


Politics and Public Policy

  • FiveThirtyEight evaluates the likelihood of the senate rejecting a presidential cabinet nominee, explaining the historical success rate for approval and the rare circumstances where an appointee withdraws during the confirmation process.

Business and Economy

  • Aaron Ross Sorkin of The New York Times analyzes the financial murkiness of the capital gains tax for presidential appointees selling their assets, arguing that the policy enables wealthy appointees to defer their taxes rather than outright avoidance of paying them.

Science and Health

Sports and Culture

  • Derek Thompson of The Atlantic attributes the 2016 NFL season’s decline in viewership to the general decline in TV watching among consumers, the “atomization” of content, and the league’s competition from the NBA for marketable superstars.
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