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.
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.
Over the years, although the government has remained broadly authoritarian, it has oscillated among degrees of…www.nytimes.com
- The Washington Post assesses the impact and authority of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump’s ties with Russia on separate ongoing congressional probes, noting the hierarchy of Mueller’s inquiry over Congress’s.
Congressional probes related to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election are likely to be complicated or stalled…www.washingtonpost.com
Business and Economy
- The San Francisco Chronicle reports that California now receives about two-thirds of its energy from renewable sources due to increased rainfall raising power generated from hydroelectricity along with growth in wind and solar energy production.
State breaks another renewable energy record A stretch of sunny, windy days, combined with brimming reservoirs at…www.sfchronicle.com
Science and Health
- Bloomberg News reports that researchers have begun to study the toxicity in the blood of Komodo Dragons to synthesize antibiotics for fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria that causes diseases or infections like staph or cystic fibrosis.
The blood of the endangered Komodo dragon is known for its toxicity, but the world's largest lizard also appears…www.bloomberg.com
- Bleacher Report analyzes how end-of-season awards in the NBA affect free agency under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement and the leverage it provides to teams and players over re-signing or extension deals.
LOS ANGELES - Thursday's All-NBA announcement had far-reaching implications beyond bragging rights, thanks to the new…bleacherreport.com
- 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.
No one argues that Alien and Aliens are the best films in the Alien franchise. It's an objective, undisputed fact…io9.gizmodo.com
- 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.