May 16, 2017
It’s Tuesday. In headline news, the Washington Post revealed that President Trump handed off classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister of American intelligence on a plot by the Islamic State involving laptops and airline travel. Experts allege that the disclosure endangers the source behind the intelligence and expressed grief that the president would brag about the details of the operation to Russian officials.
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House…www.washingtonpost.com
In other news, the cyberattacks launched Friday continued to disrupt computer systems around the globe, with organizations in Asia feeling the brunt of the attacks; the Supreme Court declined to review a case over North Carolina’s voter ID law, leaving in place the lower court’s decision overturning the policy; and President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will release information on their finances from 2016 but stopping up short of revealing their final tax returns.
Finally, we’ve got more NBA Playoff previews, this time previewing the Conference Finals for games in both the East and West.
As per usual, good luck on the day ahead and thanks for reading Wonks This Way.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The New York Times covers the crisis in Venezuela, assessing the unrealized promises of the country’s populist government, the history of its two political parties, the reliance of the country’s economy on oil, and the disastrous policies of Venezuela’s current president Nicolás Maduro.
Their pact, meant to preserve democracy, came to dominate it. Party elites picked candidates and blocked outsiders…www.nytimes.com
- FiveThirtyEight evaluates the possibility of constitutional crisis raised by President Trump’s firing of James Comey when considering the vague guidelines of the Constitution to handle a contemporary issue as well as precedents set by Congress.
President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has set off a lively debate over whether the move amounts to a …fivethirtyeight.com
Business and Economy
- U.S. government statisticians and economists argued in a new study that the current measurements used by federal agencies understate growth of the economy while overstating inflation, Bloomberg News reports.
Prices overstated, economic growth understated, paper says Research suggests Fed inflation target could be too low Top…www.bloomberg.com
Science and Health
- The Upshot writes about how marathons imperil the health of residents in cities that host the event, explaining that the race preoccupies available medical staff and that the marathon closes off routes to hospitals during emergency dispatches.
The people admitted on marathon and nonmarathon days were the same with respect to age, race, sex and their chronic…www.nytimes.com
- Bleacher Report lists the players from each NFL team likely to be cut from personnel rosters by the start of the 2017 season due to draft changes, salary increases, and the impending return of injured players.
This summer, a shadow will begin to spread across NFL training camps. A cold, dark wind will blow through locker rooms…bleacherreport.com
- Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight analyzes the Golden State Warriors ability to play from behind, as the Dubs led all teams in comebacks during the season heading into their latest comeback against the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
The NBA Western Conference finals between Golden State and San Antonio took a hairpin turn with just under eight…fivethirtyeight.com
- Wonks This Way’s NBA Playoff preview of the NBA Conference Finals.
- Vulture analyzes the reasons that “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” flopped with American audiences, noting the difficulty of marketing a sword and sandals fantasy to contemporary audiences, the film’s lack of star power, and its poor critical reception.