March 16, 2017
It’s Thursday and the start of March Madness! After the four play-in games, the first round of the tournament officially kicks off this afternoon with 16 scheduled games for the day followed by another 16 matchups set for Friday.
In headline news, a federal judge in Hawaii struck down the second version of President Trump’s travel ban against selected Muslim-majority nations only nine days after the administration issued the revised policy. Coming up today, the White House will unveil the president’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which opts to drastically increase military spending while cutting domestic programs and privatizing government services.
The Wonks Team
- The Washington Post reports on the plans to send 1,000 additional U.S. soldiers into Syria, where they could take an active ground role in the conflict with Islamic State if approved by the Secretary of Defense and President Trump.
The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming…www.washingtonpost.com
- Recode reports on the proposed federal legislation strengthening privacy laws against drones, referencing the voluntary nature of current federal laws for registering drones and the surveillance concerns considered by the Federal Aviation Administration.
No one wants a drone peering into their bedroom window.www.recode.net
Business and Economy
- Following the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates, The New York Times posts this interactive explaining the logic behind the Fed’s decision in light of recent economic and job growth along with low inflation in the American economy.
Since the Fed Started Raising Rates, the Economy Has Continued to Improve The Fed lowered its target rate - the rate…www.nytimes.com
Science and Health
- NPR writes about how rising costs for new cancer medications have forced patients to delay filling their prescriptions, detailing the risks from lack of deferring treatment and the insufficient drug coverage from Medicare.
John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had…www.npr.org
- SB Nation chronicles the rise of Duke junior Grayson Allen as a March Madness heel, noting what differentiates Allen from reviled white Duke players of past tournaments and the impressions made by his decision to forego the NBA draft and stay to college.
Grayson Allen's no good, highly controversial, apology-filled junior year made him the consummate heel, and that's now…www.sbnation.com
- SB Nation lists the eight personality traits of college basketball coaches that viewers will see during the March Madness tournament, including the coaches who sweat profusely as well as the ones who dance on the sidelines.
Coaches are our barometers as fans.www.sbnation.com
- In his weekly technology column, Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times evaluates the changing preferences for internet users over the past two decades, arguing that consumers use the platform for empowering emerging artists rather as a source for free entertainment.