May 5, 2017
Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s Friday. Yesterday, House Republicans succeeded in passing the American Health Care Act, the bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill now awaits approval in the Senate, where it will inevitably face opposition from both parties.
In other headline news, President Trump made his first appearance in New York since leaving for the presidency, Iraqi forces advanced into ISIS-controlled territory in Mosul, and HBO approved the development of multiple spinoffs of “Game of Thrones.” Coming up this weekend, the horses face off in the Kentucky Derby and French voters will head to the polls on Sunday for a runoff election to decide the country’s next president.
Who Makes it to the Eastern Conference Finals?medium.com
Have a great weekend.
The Wonks Team
- FiveThirtyEight assesses the electoral implications of the House’s passage of the Obamacare repeal bill for Republicans in the 2018 midterms, citing the similar conditions that led to the Democrats’ losses following their passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Republicans in the House of Representatives voted today to approve a version of the American Health Care Act, their…fivethirtyeight.com
- The Washington Post breaks down the policy differences between the American Health Care Act and the Affordable Care Act, explaining which provisions from Obamacare the new bill would remove and which would remain but in amended form.
Not entirely. In the past seven years since a Democratic Congress and the Obama administration pushed through the ACA…www.washingtonpost.com
- FiveThirtyEight examines the federal government’s pivots on civil rights policy under the Trump administration, observing the changes made for enforcing federal policies on immigration, drug use, education, and police misconduct.
In his first few months in office, President Trump may have backed off some of his more controversial campaign-trail…fivethirtyeight.com
Business and Economy
- Reuters reports on the criminal investigation into Uber’s “Greyball” program, which misled the location of Uber drivers to law enforcement in city’s where the service was not licensed to operate.
SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a…www.reuters.com
Science and Health
- Robert Siegel of NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviews Eric Sigel of Children’s Hospital of Colorado on his research on the relationship between access to guns and mental health issues and violent behaviors among youth.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Eric Sigel, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine…www.npr.org
- SB Nation writes about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s social activism during his unofficial exile from the NFL and appraises the value of his charitable activities, such as financial literacy and clothing programs for recent parolees.
Kaepernick's involvement with 100 Suits, a nonprofit that helps people who have been released from prison get back on…www.sbnation.com
- ESPN Magazine profiles the relationship between Steph Curry and Kevin Durant on the court and in terms of sneaker sales, remarking on the difficulties of melding the two on the same roster and the Curry’s vacillating position as the franchise face of the Warriors.
It's March 15, and Stephen Curry is hard at work in his laboratory, firing shots at the basket tucked in the corner of…www.espn.com
- Emily Yoshida of Vulture reflects on the portrayals of technology in film, challenging the villainous dystopian characterizations pushed by Hollywood as out of line with real-life usage of technology services, and arguing that movies instead try to further the ethos of American heroism and individualism.