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The News

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.

Public Policy

  • 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.

Business and Economy

Science and Health


  • 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.


  • 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.