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The News

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.


The Wonks Team

Politics and Public Policy

Business, Science, and Health

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.