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The News

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

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.