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The News

May 12, 2017

It’s finally Friday! In headline news, the Senate Intelligence Committee grilled acting FBI director Andrew McCabe during a hearing yesterday where he claimed that the Bureau has treated the investigation into President Trump’s ties with Russia as a serious matter; meanwhile President Trump made his own claims about the firing of FBI director James Comey.

In non-Comey-related news, the Justice Department announced that it would investigate the shooting death of 15-year old Jordan Edwards by former cop Roy Oliver in a Dallas suburb and airline executives met with Homeland Security officials to discuss a proposed laptop ban on flights entering the U.S. from Europe.

Anyway, have a great weekend and have a wonderful Mothers’ Day!


The Wonks Team


  • Bloomberg News profiles the political culture Olathe, Kansas, a regional tech hub in the state that attracted a significant amount of businesses and foreign-born workers but also racial resentment as the site of the racially-motivated shooting of two Indian-born engineers in February.

Public Policy

Business and Economy

  • The New York Times assesses how the rollout of the Brexit would upend London’s status as a capital for global finance, noting the relationships between London banks and businesses across Europe and the opening Brexit could present for competing banking cities like New York or Paris.

Science and Health

  • The Atlantic writes about the science of smelling, explaining new research that shows that the human nose detects scents nearly or about as well as animals do.



  • NPR eulogizes the MP3, recounting its rise as a compressed music file that overtook the record industry and empowered Apple, its replacement by the higher-quality AAC files, and the rise of streaming music services.