June 9, 2017
It’s finally Friday! In headline news, the U.K.’s reigning Conservative Party is projected to lose its governing majority, resulting in a hung parliament and uncertainty over the future of the premiership of Theresa May. Meanwhile in Washington, James Comey made his anticipated testimonial before the Senate Intelligence Committee, insinuating that the President may have obstructed justice.
Elsewhere, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill rolling back regulations from the Obama-era Dodd-Frank financial reform; newly-elected Republican congressman Greg Gianforte will plead guilty to misdemeanor assault for his attack on a reporter covering his campaign; Islamic militant group al-Shabab killed nearly 70 people on a military base in Somalia; and the Pittsburgh Penguins blew out the Nashville Predators to take the series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Anyway, have a great weekend and enjoy the NBA Finals for what they are, even if the series has lacked any real conflict or drama.
I won't argue that the first two games of these NBA Finals were great television, or that last night's Game 3, which…deadspin.com
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight analyzes the lasting impact of the Russian investigation on the Trump administration, explaining how the story’s omnipresence stymies Trump’s agenda, diminishes his party’s standing, and emboldens the opposition.
President Trump is right about this much: The Russia investigation really is interfering with his ability to enact his…fivethirtyeight.com
- The New York Times reports on the progress made towards releasing the Senate’s version of the Republican health care bill, including probable disagreements between GOP conservatives and preliminary vote counts for the bill’s passage.
Republicans appeared to be on a swift march to repeal the Affordable Care Act when the new Congress convened this year…www.nytimes.com
- Bloomberg News evaluates the implications of staffing vacancies at the Treasury Department on President Trump’s fiscal agenda, noting the distinguishing responsibilities between career civil servants and political appointees at the agency.
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin has one of the biggest to-do lists in Washington: Rewrite the tax code…www.bloomberg.com
Business, Science, and Health
- Recode assesses the structural advantages that Apple has over Google for implementing updates to its software due to Apple’s production of its own hardware and how this benefit could aid the company as it moves into the market for augmented reality.
Whatever Apple builds, it can deploy across the majority of iOS devices quickly. Android struggles with that.www.recode.net
- NPR writes about the implementation of California’s assisted-dying law, remarking on the difficulty of finding doctors that prescribe life-ending drugs for interested patients and the success in convincing medical providers to participate with the policy.
John Minor of Manhattan Beach, Calif., epitomized the active Californian. The retired psychologist was a distance…www.npr.org
- The Atlantic reports on the FDA’s request to remove the opioid painkiller Opana ER from the market, remarking on how Endo Pharmaceutical’s initial reformulation of the drug in 2012 to reduce its potential abuse backfired for the company.
It's the first time the agency has asked to remove an opioid over public health fears. As NPR as reported, the company…www.theatlantic.com
Sports and Culture
- Zach Lowe of ESPN profiles the redemption of Draymond Green a year after his suspension that ignited the Warriors epic collapse in last year’s NBA Finals, with comments from his teammates and his impact on bringing Kevin Durant to the team.
Draymond Green believes his infamous swipe at LeBron James' groin cost Golden State the title in 2016. Zach Lowe shares…www.espn.com
- Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight recaps Game 3 of the NBA Finals, calculating how the Warriors outlasted the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter and exploited holes in the Cavaliers rotations to retake the lead to win the game.
CLEVELAND - After Golden State snatched what would've been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA…fivethirtyeight.com
- Terry Gross or NPR’s “Fresh Air” interviews actor Giancarlo Esposito on his role as Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” his upbringing as a biracial kid in Europe, his relationship working with Spike Lee, and more.
In the annals of TV villains, actor Giancarlo Esposito's Breaking Bad character, Gus Fring, stands out. Gus was an…www.npr.org
- Kevin Lincoln of Vulture examines Universal Pictures’ strategy for launching a monster movies franchise based on classic horror films from the 1930s, beginning with this weekend’s release of “The Mummy,” and why the plan will likely fail.