March 27, 2017
Welcome back to the business week! It’s Monday. Today kicks off the final week of March and we’re fresh off a weekend of heightened political headlines. For starters, Friday kicked off with the House Republicans dropping their bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act after acknowledging that they lacked sufficient support from their own party for bill’s survival, dealing the first major legislative defeat to the fledgling Trump administration. The governing party will now need to regroup and plans to shift their agenda towards reforming the tax code. Meanwhile, the second weekend of March Madness wrapped up, with South Carolina continuing its Cinderella run towards the Final Four after upsetting Florida.
Anyway, good luck on the week ahead and enjoy the spring weather.
The Wonks Team
- The Washington Post chronicles the journey of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, from its origins in the House with accompanying presidential support, to the eventual withdrawal of the bill after a series of tactical missteps by the Republican leadership.
Shortly after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled the Republican health-care plan on March 6, President Trump…www.washingtonpost.com
- The New York Times examines the warring factions of the Republican Party and how President Trump will receive the blame for failing to forge a compromise between the established party leadership and the ultra-conservative wing of the party seeking to retrench the authority of the federal government.
Does he cede power to the anti-establishment wing of his party? Or does he seek other pathways to successful governing…www.nytimes.com
- Anna Maria Barry-Jester of FiveThirtyEight assesses President Trump’s options for dealing with the Affordable Care Act, including his ability to undermine its implementation or shoring up the insurance marketplace.
After seven years, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump announced Friday that Republican attempts to repeal and…fivethirtyeight.com
- The New York Times reports on the Republican’s policy pivot from health care to reforming the tax code, analyzing how the party and Trump presidency enter the debate with lower political capital and an emboldened opposition to their agenda.
Because of the arcane rules of lawmaking in Congress, there may be little choice. If Republicans intend to act again…www.nytimes.com
Business and Economy
- Gizmodo evaluates and ranks the company health of streaming music services, noting the concerns for financing and maintaining a subscriber base for each service, as well as the outlook of a possible sale for the most struggling companies.
SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes…gizmodo.com
Science and Health
- Quartz writes about the symbolism of Earth Hour — where cities shut down the power from major landmarks for 60 minutes — along with the recorded energy savings and a photo gallery of depowered landmarks from this year’s acknowledgement of the hour.
For the 10th year, cities around the world from Beijing to Paris turned off the lights on some of their most well-known…qz.com
- Bleacher Report recaps the Elite Eight games from the Men’s tournament of the NCAA March Madness championship.
South Carolina Basketball Maddie Meyer/Getty Images The regional finals of the 2017 NCAA tournament are set to conclude…bleacherreport.com
- Jonah Keri ranks the top-20 Major League Baseball players based on their current contracts, ages, and output in Part 3 of his annual MLB Trade Value column at Sports Illustrated.
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom…www.si.com
- Kevin Lincoln of Vulture analyzes the weekend’s movie box office returns, observing the risks of marketing an original film with the recent disappointments of space-oriented movies such as “Passengers” and this weekend’s leading flop “Life.”
The Main Story It's no secret that studio filmmaking has moved further and further in the direction of movies based on…www.vulture.com
- The New York Times presents this interactive guide to the stylistic influences and legacy of Chuck Berry’s music, remarking on the songs whose blues, jazz, and country rhythms Berry borrowed to define Rock ’n’ Roll.