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The News

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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

Science and Health



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