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The News

May 19, 2017

It’s finally Friday, meaning that this CRAZY week will come to an end. In headline grabbing news, Reuters reported that advisors to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign made at least 18 interactions with Russia in the form of phone conversations and emails from April through November of last year.

Elsewhere, a driver with a history of DUIs drove erratically through Times Square killing one and injuring 22 others; President Trump suggested that former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman was a leading candidate for FBI director; and former Fox News chairman and former Nixon advisor Roger Ailes died yesterday at age 77.

Heading into the weekend, keep track of President Trump’s inaugural presidential trip abroad, the results of the Iranian presidential election, and check out our preview of the NBA Conference Finals.

Have a good weekend.


The Wonks Team


  • The New York Times previews Iran’s presidential election (occurring today), examining the authoritarian nation’s contradictory relationship with democracy as well as the candidates running for office on reformist and hard-liner platforms.

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Business and Economy

Science and Health



  • Germain Lussier of Gizmodo reflects on the “Alien” franchise, arguing that the first two films nicely wrap up all storylines without trying to foreshadow sequels and that subsequent films in the franchise just serve as a cynical cash grab for movie studios.
  • Jon Pareles of The New York Times writes an appreciation for singer Chris Cornell in light of his recent death, praising his vocal range and retro Classic Rock persona that didn’t quite fit in exactly with fellow ’90s Grunge bands from Seattle.