June 28, 2017
It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. In top news, Senate Majority Leader withdrew the Republican health care bill from consideration for the week amid diminishing support for the bill from moderates and the far right. The move effectively prevents the body from passing the legislation before the July 4th recess.
In other headline news, three Chicago police officers face conspiracy charges for covering up the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in late 2014; hackers launched a series of ransomware cyberattacks that brought down government and corporate computer systems across Europe; and the U.S. issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to thwart a planned chemical weapons attack by the regime.
Anyway, good luck on the day ahead and if you haven’t yet done so, check out our analysis on fire emergency calls in San Francisco.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The Los Angeles Times evaluates the lack of credibility behind President Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements, noting his weak grasp over policy matters and his contrasting statements referencing U.S. intelligence with his tweets criticizing intelligence agencies.
The Trump administration has sent the kind of dire warning - that Syria is planning another chemical weapons attack and…www.latimes.com
- Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight examines the disconnect between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s push for the health care bill and his reputation as an expert legislative strategist, arguing that McConnell aggressively pressed for the unpopular bill because it falls in line with traditional Republican goals rather than for ulterior purposes.
The Senate's version of the GOP health care bill, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled last week, hasn't had…fivethirtyeight.com
Business, Science, and Health
- The Washington Post’s Wonks Blog analyzes the return of the McMansion, remarking that sales for oversized suburban homes have stabilized in recent years towards pre-recession levels as house flipping has become a recent fad in pop culture.
If there's anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling…www.washingtonpost.com
- The New York Times writes about the development of DNA fingerprint technology to correct lab mix-ups that result from misattributed diagnoses for disease and to reduce the costs of repeat biopsy testing from misidentifying patient results.
Ultimately he had his prostate removed. "I said, 'Mistakes happen,'" Mr. Karman said. They may be happening more often…www.nytimes.com
- The Atlantic writes about the genetic testing research of Alondra Nelson and his promotion of consumer DNA ancestry testing for African-American families hoping to trace their ancestral roots.
Genetic tests have ushered in a new era of root-seeking and community-building, says social scientist Alondra Nelson.www.theatlantic.com
Sports and Culture
- SB Nation reviews the NBA free agency plans of the Boston Celtics, including their desire to sign small forwards Paul George and Gordon Hayward simultaneously along with the obstacles preventing the Celtics from signing either player.
Boston's big summer plans are revealed and they're bold.www.sbnation.com
- Claire McNear of The Ringer reflects on the woes of the San Francisco Giants, citing how the team began to fall apart last season, as well as the team’s recent streak of bad luck after having a disproportionate amount of statistical good luck in prior even years.
After three World Series wins in five years and an NLDS appearance in 2016, San Francisco has the second-worst record…theringer.com
- Bleacher Report assesses the roster problems facing Jerry West in his new role as a front office consultant with the Los Angeles Clippers, observing what he could do to rebuild the team and whether or not to go after LeBron James next season in free agency.