July 14, 2017
Happy Bastille Day! It’s Friday. Yesterday, President Trump defended the actions of his son and blamed the media along with the Obama administration for the controversy surrounding Donald Jr. during a joint appearance with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump will remain in France for the weekend to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I.
In other news, a Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to killing four men that went missing last week in a Philadelphia suburb; Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo died of liver failure while in the custody of the Chinese government; Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a heavily redacted documentation of his contacts with foreign officials from the past seven years; and the Television Academy announced the nominees for the 2017 Emmy Awards.
As always, have a great weekend and thanks for reading Wonks This Way.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- FiveThirtyEight analyzes the changes made to the Republican health-care proposal and assesses if pivotal Republican senators will vote for the new version of the bill.
The revised Senate Republican health insurance bill released Thursday makes a major change from the previous version in…fivethirtyeight.com
- The New York Times reports on the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the White House budget, finding that the budget proposal overestimates economic growth and does little to reduce the deficit.
The $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 that the White House proposed recommended a large increase in spending on the…www.nytimes.com
- The Washington Post examines how the Supreme Court made it difficult to successfully convict elected officials on corruption charges in the U.S.
A federal appeals court's decision to overturn the convictions of former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver…www.washingtonpost.com
Business, Science, and Health
- NPR explores the claim by Vulture that Spotify’s search algorithm encourages “fake artists” looking to profit off of cover songs and custom versions of “Happy Birthday.”
The practice of creating music specifically designed to "succeed" on streaming platforms and playlists swirled into a…www.npr.org
- Bloomberg News reviews “The Chickenshit Club” by Jesse Eisinger on why federal prosecutors fail to imprison criminals found guilty of financial crimes.
I don't know quite how to characterize The Chickenshit Club, by Jesse Eisinger. It's an absorbing financial history, a…www.bloomberg.com
Sports and Culture
- Emmett Booth of Deadspin previews the return of “Game of Thrones” and reflects on some of the questionable narrative turns from last season.
This is the time of year when I stretch myself across a bubbling lava pit in agony, unwilling to give up my foothold on…theconcourse.deadspin.com
- K. Austin Collins of The Ringer reflects on the bloated runtimes of tent-pole movies, noting the lengthy history of Hollywood epics that run for over two or three hours.