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The News

June 20, 2017

It’s Tuesday. After a bit of an extended weekend break, we’re back to provide our curated list of links to articles and analyzes on current events that we found most interesting.

In headline news, law enforcement in London declared an attack outside of a Mosque over the weekend a possible terrorist attack while authorities decided to forgo investigating the killing of Muslim teenager in Virginia as a hate crime; the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings on the ability to sue members of the second Bush administration along with the ability to patent racial slurs; and today voters in Georgia will vote in a special election in what has become the most expensive congressional race in history.

Lastly, we have an original piece on what emergency dispatches in LA show about the city’s culture that we hope you’ll enjoy.

As per usual, thanks for reading the newsletter and good luck on the week ahead.


The Wonks Team

Politics and Public Policy

  • The Washington Post reports on the Supreme Court’s decision to take up a case on gerrymandering, remarking on the history of gerrymandering lawsuits and the potential landmark importance of this case that could shape how states draw the borders of their legislative districts.
  • The Atlantic evaluates the planning and design flaws in the postwar boom in public housing, noting how the built-in obsolescence of many of the buildings and the institutional neglect by authorities contributed to the Grenfell tower fire in London.
  • The New York Times reports on the Senate Democrats’ strategy for defeating the Republican health care bill, which would include the use of parliamentarian tactics that would slow the pace for the bill’s passage and bring attention to the lack of transparency by Republicans drafting the bill.

Business, Science, and Health

  • The Upshot examines how the acquisitions of Whole Foods by Amazon and Bonobos by Walmart convey the transformation underway in retail as online and brick-and-mortar presences shopping begin to merge at big box stores.
  • FiveThirtyEight writes about the declining rate of deaths from heart disease in the U.S., clarifying the umbrella use of “heart disease” for various cardiovascular disorders, and how different forms of heart disease cluster across the country.

Sports and Culture

  • In his bi-monthly MLB power rankings column at Sports Illustrated, Jonah Keri evaluates the top teams of the National League as well as the competitive three-way race between the Dodgers, Rockies, and Diamondbacks for supremacy of the NL West.