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.
Kiran Chelluri is an American success story. Originally from Hyderabad, India, he moved to the U.S. for graduate school…www.bloomberg.com
- Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight examines how the misinterpreted findings of a research paper on voting became a talking point by President Trump and fellow Republicans to justify allegations of voter fraud during the presidential election.
Three-thousand Wisconsinites were chanting Donald Trump's name. It was Oct. 17, 2016, just after the candidate's now…fivethirtyeight.com
- The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the proposed creation of a unified electrical grid between California and neighboring states along with the concerns of proponents of the proposal of federal intervention to prevent the plan from becoming policy.
credit Mayor Ed Lee with deciding this week that he's had enough of the working group that doesn't seem to do any…www.sfchronicle.com
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.
"It's the British who will lose the most," Mr. Macron said in a pre-election interview with the global affairs magazine…www.nytimes.com
Science and Health
- NPR reports on the closure of several liquor stores in a Nebraska town as a means for combating access for a neighboring Lakota Indian reservation with a dry policy and high rates of alcoholism.
The battle over alcohol stores in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., has been going on for decades. Home to roughly about a dozen…www.npr.org
- 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.
The idea that we can't is a 19th-century myth that was started by scientists who never actually measured our ability to…www.theatlantic.com
- Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer evaluates the rising home run rate in baseball over the last two seasons, analyzing data from MLB on tested balls and finding no evidence that teams juiced the balls over the period.
Amid eyebrow-raising offense, MLB has shared exclusive research with The Ringertheringer.com
- Kyle Wagner of FiveThirtyEight analyzes the problems that doomed the Houston Rockets in their series with the San Antonio Spurs, finding that the team underperforms in first quarters and overuses their star James Harden due to injuries and a thin bench.
When James Harden left the game with 30 seconds to play in the first quarter, his Houston Rockets trailed the San…fivethirtyeight.com
- Deadspin columnist Drew Magary rants against chef worshiping in restaurant coverage, arguing that consumers do not need to know about the motivations of a chef’s personal life and that restaurant profiles tend to deify a chef even when he’s insufferable.
Last month, celebrated Danish chef René Redzepi opened up a pop-up restaurant in Tulum, Mexico. This restaurant will…theconcourse.deadspin.com
- 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.