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The News

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.

Lastly, catch up on our NBA playoff previews for round two for both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Have a great weekend.

Cheers,

The Wonks Team


Politics

  • 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.

Public Policy

  • 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.

Business and Economy

Science and Health

Sports

  • 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.

Culture

  • 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.
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