January 25, 2017
It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. In headline news, the new president signed executive orders reopening construction on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, met with leaders of the U.S. auto industry, and restricted access for government researchers to the press; meanwhile the Senate continued their approval of presidential nominees; the new White House press secretary reiterated the narrative of voter fraud in the presidential election; and the Academy of Motion Pictures announced this year’s Oscar nominees.
As always, enjoy the day ahead and stay tuned for the president’s upcoming announcement on immigration policy and the proposed border wall.
The Wonks Team
- The Washington Post examines the emerging patterns of the inner circle within the new administration, noting the growing dissent among communications staffers, discontent from President Trump on his media coverage, and the conflicts between aides loyal to the president and leaders of the Republican Party.
President Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil…www.washingtonpost.com
- The Atlantic provides background information on President Trump’s rumored nominees for the Supreme Court, all of whom currently reside on the U.S. Court of Appeals and have conservative records on social policies.
The president says he'll reveal his choice to fill the vacant high-court seat next week. Donald Trump is moving closer…www.theatlantic.com
- The New York Times reports on the Congressional Budget Office’s new report on the nation’s growing budget deficit, observing how the deficit decreased over the last seven years and assessing how current projections will affect the president’s planned tax proposals and infrastructure projects.
WASHINGTON - After seven years of fitful declines, the federal budget deficit is projected to swell to $8.6 trillion…www.nytimes.com
- Matt O’Brien of the Wonkblog analyzes the implications of retreating from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on American influence abroad, explaining how trade agreements structure governing policies for our trading partners and limit the influence of China in the global economy.
Donald Trump meant what he said about trade. When he isn't getting attention for telling demonstrable falsehoods about…www.washingtonpost.com
Business and Health
- Quartz evaluates the consequences of the recently-announced hiring freeze on federal employment for veterans, as well as on the vacancies the directive leaves in health care and engineering positions.
On his first full day in office, US president Donald Trump announced a hiring freeze for the executive branch-outside…qz.com
- The Los Angeles Times writes about the political awakening of tech workers following the presidential election and how many responded by participating in protests and volunteered in hack-a-thons for nonprofits in need of digital assistance.
Ayelet Bitton never thought she'd get involved in politics. Like many of her Silicon Valley peers, the 25-year-old…www.latimes.com
Sports and Culture
- SB Nation breaks down the latest NBA rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, tracing its origins of the rivalry to a technical foul from last season and reflecting on how it adds some much needed drama at midseason.
January isn't supposed to be this intense.www.sbnation.com
- FiveThirtyEight assesses how the gambling markets performed in predicting who would receive Oscar nominations, including the notable snubs for “Deadpool” and “Sully,” which spent considerably more in marketing to Academy voters than any other film.