July 18, 2017
It’s Tuesday. In top news, two Republican senators announced their opposition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill, denying the GOP of the necessary votes for repealing and replacing Obamacare. McConnell claimed after the announcement that he would push for a repeal and delay deal rather than continue the repeal and replace strategy for dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
In other headlines, the Trump administration did an about-face and reaffirmed the Obama administration’s nuclear treaty with Iran; California extended its cap-and-trade program, allowing the state to regulate carbon emissions through 2030; and the Trump administration outlined its goals for renegotiating NAFTA and lower the U.S.’s trade deficit.
As per usual, good luck on the day ahead and thanks for reading Wonks This Way.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The Washington Post reports on the Trump administration’s decision to raise the number of visas available for low-skilled seasonal workers and evaluates how this policy contrasts with the president’s “hire American” rhetoric.
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage…www.washingtonpost.com
- Perry Bacon, Jr. of FiveThirtyEight analyzes the Republican divisions over the health-care proposal and whether or not the party will be able to repeal Obamacare during President Trump’s first two years in office.
The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appears to be dead again. The big question is whether this death…fivethirtyeight.com
Business, Science, and Health
- American scientists in Antarctica work under deteriorating structures, including rusting ships and outdated technology, The New York Times writes.
The deterioration at McMurdo can be seen as an extension of the national infrastructure crisis that President Trump ran…www.nytimes.com
- FiveThirtyEight writes about the relationship between eating times and weight gain, as well as on the merits of eating breakfast or intermittingly fasting.
If you're plumbing the causes of the great American weight gain over the past few decades, you could do worse than…fivethirtyeight.com
Sports and Culture
- Vulture film critic David Edelstein writes this appreciation for George Romero, the iconoclastic director of horror films “Night of the Living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead” who died on Sunday at 77.
How good it would be to write an appreciation for director George A. Romero - who died of cancer Sunday at the untimely…www.vulture.com
- Deadspin assesses how the increasing pitcher injuries from blistered fingers serve as credible evidence that MLB has juiced the baseballs for the season.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman caused a bit of a kerfuffle this month when he talked about why so many pitchers are…deadspin.com
- In “The 30” from Sports Illustrated, Jonah Keri ranks the teams of the National League, including analysis on the Chicago Cubs attempts to stay relevant and the league-leading L.A. Dodgers.