July 12, 2017
It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. Yesterday, Donald Trump, Jr. released his emails previously reported on by The New York Times detailing his proposal to meet with a business associate claiming to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton. As previously reported, the correspondence led to the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that allegedly turned from the topic of opposition research on Clinton to the freeze on adoptions of Russian children and U.S. sanctions against Russia under the Magnitsky Act passed in 2012.
In other top news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he’d release the revised GOP health-care bill on Thursday and that it would maintain key taxes provisions on the wealthy established under Obamacare; Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen spoke with NPR on the one-year anniversary of a failed coup to overthrow Recep Erdogan; and the American League defeated the National League for the fifth-straight year in the all-star game.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The New York Times and ProPublica investigate the lobbying careers of Trump administration appointees charged with easing regulations of energy, agriculture, and other major industries.
Some appointees are reviewing rules their previous employers sought to weaken or kill, and at least two may be…www.nytimes.com
- The Washington Post examines the legal career of Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and the timeline between her 2016 meeting at Trump Tower and her appearance at Congressional hearings on the economic impact of Magnitsky Act.
The photograph is striking: There sits Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and…www.washingtonpost.com
Business, Science, and Health
- The Atlantic explores the theory that giant pyrosomes, large aquatic creatures that inhabit tropical waters, attacked two U.S. warships rather than the North Vietnamese during the Gulf of Tonkin incident, setting off U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
On a gray summer day in 1966, Todd Newberry was watching seabirds squabble above the kelp forests of California's…www.theatlantic.com
- In yesterday’s episode of “Fresh Air” from NPR, Terry Gross interviews journalist Jesse Eisinger on how the government prosecutes corporations and why executives avoid prison time for committing financial crimes.
Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives Hardcover, 400 pages | close overlay Your purchase helps…www.npr.org
Sports and Culture
- TV critic James Poniewozik debates the merits of tuning into a show midway through its run after it gains traction rather than binging it from the very beginning.
Waits for the purists to leave.] But yes. Yes, you can totally skip ahead. And it may be the better part of sanity and…www.nytimes.com
- Jonah Keri of CBS Sports reports on the impoverished labor conditions of minor-league ball players, noting their lack of collective bargaining rights or fair wages.
It's time for the major-leaguers' union to look out for its future memberswww.cbssports.com
- Deadspin writes about Major League Baseball’s response to the theory that the juiced balls have powered the recent home run surge.