June 22, 2017
It’s Thursday. Yesterday, a jury in Milwaukee jury acquitted a former police officer of homicide charges for killing Sylville Smith last year during a traffic stop; a Canadian man stabbed a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan in a possible act of terrorism; and the Iraqi military confirmed that the Islamic State blew up the 800-year old Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul.
Coming up today, Senate Republicans will release their version of the GOP health care plan for repealing Obamacare and the 2017 NBA draft takes place again from Brooklyn.
As always, enjoy the day ahead and if you haven’t already, check out our article on LA traffic and culture.
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The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The Washington Post reports on the release of the Senate Republican health care proposal, noting its similarities and differences with the House version of the bill and its timeline for phasing out the Medicaid expansion established under Obamacare.
Senate leaders on Wednesday were putting the final touches on legislation that would reshape a big piece of the U.S…www.washingtonpost.com
- Margot Sanger-Katz of The Upshot analyzes the impact of Republican health care proposals on Medicaid, explaining the proposed cap in coverage for recipients and how it would affect middle class children and seniors receiving Medicaid.
Limiting the amount that the federal government would pay for each person would leave states with difficult choices…www.nytimes.com
- The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the Trump administration’s plans to delay and possibly scrap the startup visa rule, a policy put in place by the Obama administration that allows tech entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. for starting their businesses.
The Trump administration plans to delay and then rescind a rule that would allow some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in…www.sfchronicle.com
Business, Science, and Health
- Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times examines the ouster of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, citing Kalanick’s innovative growth model and ability to keep Uber privately held as primary causes for Uber’s failed governance that overlooked Kalanick’s boorish behavior.
It adopted a more aggressive posture in dealing with forces outside the company - competitors, regulators, drivers and…www.nytimes.com
- Radio Free Europe posts this photo essay on the extraction of “ethical ivory” or tusks from extinct wooly mammoths buried around the hinterlands of Siberia for sale on the black market along toll their activity takes on the environment.
With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, "ethical ivory" from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an…www.rferl.org
Sports and Culture
- Bleacher Report profiles NBA prospect De’Aaron Fox, describing his success playing for the University of Kentucky during the March Madness tournament as well as his potential professional rivalry with fellow draftee and point guard Lonzo Ball.
The Naked Cowboy strums about Times Square. Elmo and Cookie Monster knockoffs hustle tourists for photos. A camera crew…bleacherreport.com
- Bill Barnwell of ESPN evaluates the value of tanking for high draft picks in the NFL with bottoming out strategies of teams in the NBA and MLB, comparing the benefits unique to the NFL like the absence of a draft lottery and the disadvantages such as the shorter schedule.