September 14, 2017
It’s Thursday. Yesterday, congressional Democrats announced a tentative agreement with President Trump to preserve DACA in a deal that would include additional funds for border security without directly financing the proposed border wall. The Trump administration disputed some of the details in the Democrats’ announcement and the deal would need additional support from congressional Republicans.
In other news, eight died in a Florida nursing home that had been without power following Hurricane Irma; a judge revoked bail for convicted “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli for offering $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair taken during her book tour; Congress opened an investigation into the security breach at Equifax; the White House press secretary called for the firing of an ESPN anchor for criticizing the president on Twitter; and the Cleveland Indians won their 21st consecutive game, breaking the modern record set by the 2002 Oakland A’s.
As per usual, good luck on the day ahead and thanks for reading the newsletter.
The Wonks Team
Politics and Public Policy
- The New York Times reports on the Trump administration’s plans to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., capping the number of refugees to as low as 50,000 from the 110,000 limit set by the Obama administration.
No final decision has been made, according to the officials, but as the issue is being debated, the Supreme Court on…www.nytimes.com
- Margot Sanger-Katz of The Upshot analyzes Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal, listing what programs the plan would cut and its possible impact on health-care costs.
Mr. Sanders says that the transition to the Medicare program would achieve several goals: It would ensure universal…www.nytimes.com
- The Washington Post investigates the role that presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner had in the purchase of the 666 Fifth Avenue building in Manhattan and his questionable strategy for securing refinancing for the project following the 2016 election.
Jared Kushner and his family company seemed close to striking a deal in 2016 to transform their aging, money-losing 41…www.washingtonpost.com
- The New York Times explains the removal of the Rohingya people from Myanmar, including the people’s history and culture that separates them from the Burmese majority, as well as why the reasons behind their current exodus from the country.
Waves of violence have been occurring for years. Tensions in Rakhine have often erupted into violence, prompting…www.nytimes.com
Business, Science, and Health
- FiveThirtyEight writes about long-term health impacts for survivors of recent hurricanes like Harvey or Irma, noting the public health issues for their environment and mental health concerns.
The hurricanes in the Gulf and Florida over the last few weeks have left people displaced - and from more than just…fivethirtyeight.com
- Quartz assesses how Tesla overcharged wealthier customers for electric cars with longer battery life and how having a less energy efficient option benefits consumers and the environment in the long run.
If it was possible, companies would charge every person the maximum they would pay for their product. In this world of…qz.com
- The San Francisco Chronicle evaluates the accuracy of the “Face ID” program introduced for the iPhone X, remarking on the current reliability of facial recognition software and how it compares to the previously used fingerprint-guided “Touch ID.”
Apple is placing a bold bet that your face can securely unlock your phone, but experts are skeptical that it will be…www.sfchronicle.com
Sports and Culture
- Michael Baumann of The Ringer examines the unprecedented nature of the Los Angeles Dodgers recent losing streak, laying out possible reasons for their decline and what it portends for the postseason.
It's understandable to fear the unknown-new people, new places, and new situations can be dangerous. But the unknown…www.theringer.com
- FiveThirtyEight determines whether or not people actually read political memoirs by analyzing consumer data from audiobooks of political biographies from past presidential campaigns.