June 23, 2017
It’s finally Friday! Yesterday, the Republicans released the Senate version of their bill repealing the Affordable Care Act, which prompted a firm rebuke from former President Barack Obama.
In other news, federal officials lifted endangered species protections for grizzly bears at Yellowstone National Park; President Trump denied having taped recordings of his conversations for fired FBI Director James Comey; and four Arab countries feuding with Qatar outlined a list of demands for reconciling with the boycotted Arab nation.
Anyway, thanks for reading the newsletter and if you still haven’t yet done so, check out our article on the overlap in Los Angeles’ traffic and social schedules.
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Have a great week.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The Washington Post analyzes the impact of the Republican health care proposal on the insurance marketplace established by Obamacare, as the new bill would cut the individual insurance subsidies after two years and repeal the individual mandate.
In celebrating the release of his chamber's Republican health-care plan, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.…www.washingtonpost.com
- FiveThirtyEight assesses which four Republican senators from opposite ends of the GOP spectrum could prove most pivotal in the health care debate and would have procedural veto power in preventing the health care bill’s passage in the Senate.
If you're wondering what will happen with the Senate's effort to repeal Obamacare, I recommend you follow the words…fivethirtyeight.com
Business, Science, and Health
- NPR writes about the nature of dreams and how new research on the subject rejects the Freudian theories of dreams as unconscious desires but more as more mundane mental activities where people replay their actions from the day that just passed.
Thanks to Sigmund Freud, we all know what it means to dream about swords, sticks and umbrellas. Or maybe we don't. "For…www.npr.org
- The Atlantic writes about the shapes of bird eggs, noting that few eggs actually have the elliptical “egg shape” of chicken eggs and the relationship between a bird’s ability to fly to the symmetrical shape of its eggs.
A new study points to a surprising reason for the varied shape of bird eggs-and shows that most eggs aren't actually…www.theatlantic.com
Sports and Culture
- Shaun Scott reflects at Quartz on the value of culture criticism in response to the growing number of politically-oriented reviews and analyses of pop culture, citing the lack of corresponding civic engagement to address the problems conveyed in media.
In 50 or 100 years, when armchair social theorists look back on 2017, they may be able to identify the precise moment…qz.com
- The Washington Post profiles the decline of the electrical guitar, remarking on the absence of popular songs driven by guitars and how the fewer teenagers have interest in learning how to play the instrument.
The convention couldn't sound less rock-and-roll - the National Association of Music Merchants Show. But when the doors…www.washingtonpost.com
- Bleacher Report grades all 60 picks of the 2017 NBA draft.