Here’s a few things we have for you to finish out the week.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May went to the White House today to hold talks with President Trump. Earlier, President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke by phone for about an hour regarding Trump’s planned border wall.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Thursday banning the most common and safest procedure for performing second-trimester abortions.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley went to the U.N. Friday for the first time and basically threatened the whole world.
The World Food Programme said on Friday that is has halved its food rations for displaced Iraqis due to delays in funding from donor nations.
The whole “Trump tariff on Mexican goods” thing is a lot more complicated and slightly less bad than it sounds. The wall thing, though, is just as bad as it sounds.
Charlie Pierce: Any Democrat who votes for Jeff Sessions for attorney general should be excommunicated from the party.
Some good stuff on the Republicans’ dilemma on their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Finally, you really should read this story of the woman at the center of the Emmett Till case. You won’t want to. It’s going to suck. But you should.
Here are some things to check out as the day comes to a close:
President Trump signed executive orders today to resurrect the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, controversial projects that had previously been rejected by President Obama.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lied in today’s White House press conference again.
The Trump Administration has told several federal agencies, including the EPA, not to speak to reporters or publish on social media.
Senate Democrats unveiled a $1 trillion plan to improve infrastructure that would rely completely on direct federal government spending.
The Affordable Care Act is not collapsing.
How Jokes Won the Election: How do you fight an enemy who’s just kidding?
The Congressional Budget Office projects that the U.S. budget deficit will begin growing again after years of decline.
Can you turn a terrorist back into a citizen?
Charred, Browned, Blackened: The Dark Lure of Burned Food.
The 17-year history of Homestar Runner.
Here’s the end of the week and a long weekend ahead.
President Obama visited Hiroshima today and called for a “moral revolution” that would end the threat of nuclear weapons.
The incredible story of “Fat” Leonard Glenn Francis and how he seduced an entire generation of corrupt Navy leaders to bilk the Navy out of at least $35 million.
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said Friday that rate hikes may be appropriate in the coming months if the economy continues to grow.
More than 100 scientists are calling for the Olympics to be moved from Brazil over concerns about Zika.
It’s science: Why gin and tonic tastes so good.
Here we are again, folks. Sorry for the hiatus, but things have been busy and I’ve been lazy. Anyways, here are some things to read since I can’t seem to produce anything of value:
The enduring whiteness of the American media: What three decades in journalism has taught me about the persistence of racism in the U.S.
Baylor University fired its football head coach Art Briles and demoted its president Ken Starr following the release of a report that coaches failed to report allegations of sexual assault.
The Italian Coast Guard has rescued 88 migrants off the coast of Libya after their boat capsized.
“How my job talking women out of abortions made me pro-choice”
How we got the weird presidential nominating system we current have.
Canadian city rallies to stop KFC buffet from closing.
Well, today saw both Willard and Drumpf give dueling addresses, but, hey, here are some other things to keep you occupied:
The Department of Justice has granted immunity to a former Clinton staffer in its ongoing investigation into the Clinton emails. Here’s a handy Clinton scandal primer.
The Syrian government announced that the entire country was without electricity on Thursday.
After European Balkan states closed their borders to Middle Eastern migrants, tens of thousands are stuck in Greece, further straining both the country’s economy and its relationship with the European Union.
Retired U.S. soccer star Brandi Chastain said that she will donate her brain for concussion research.
El Chapo is trying to get extradited to the U.S. more quickly hoping for better prison conditions.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging world leaders to depend more on government spending and less on monetary policy to grow their economies.
Good morning, everybody. Aubrey O’Day and Pauly D are dating. Now, your morning constitutional:
Today’s the New Hampshire presidential primary election. Here’s some stuff to know. Senator Sanders and Governor Kasich won the tiny-town midnight voting.
Donald Trump repeated an audience member at a rally and called Sen. Ted Cruz a “pussy.”
When we’re finally done talking about how Sen. Marco Rubio repeats himself (although this is a good one), let’s remember that this was dumbest thing written about it.
On the other hand, Jeet Heer with a good piece on Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bernstein: Stop whining about Iowa and New Hampshire.
The United Nations fears for the lives of hundreds of thousands of people if Syrian government troops successfully surround Aleppo.
Texas was once again denied a request to ban Syrian refugees from being settled in the state.
Two trains in southern Germany collided Tuesday morning, killing at least nine and injuring 150.
The Obama administration is set to release its final budget proposal tomorrow.
A slump in Asian markets led to a drop in European bank stocks Tuesday morning. Japanese bond yields dropped into negative territory for the first time. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble offered “no concerns” regarding the health of Deutsche Bank.
Ta-Nehisi Coates on the enduring solidarity of whiteness.
Chinese soccer clubs are now spending huge for foreign talent, often at the heights of their careers.
Finally, Florida man throws alligator through fast food drive-through window.
Here’s the end of the week.
Unemployment in the U.S. is finally under 5%, but drop occurred in a tepid month for job growth.
The Obama administration announced plans to improve care at Indian Health Service hospitals that treat American Indians in four Great Plains states.
Woman crashes her own funeral, surprising her husband who, er, had paid to have her killed.
Choice SEO trollery here from HuffPo.
Lawyers really do drink a lot.
Which U.S. state is the least religious?
Some anonymous pickup artist pro-rape men’s rights activist whatever douchebag was found living in his mother’s basement in Silver Spring, Md.
Guy falls asleep at work, Internet takes it from there.
Good morning, folks. Cindy Crawford is retiring. Now, your morning constitutional:
Today is Iowa caucuses day, a day where old, white people with nothing better to do get together to yell at each other and eventually settle on historically meaningless results. Here’s a pretty good description of how they work. Or, if you’re looking for an English perspective, here’s how the caucuses are like Leicester City. One of the most accurate polls released Saturday predicts victories for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. If Trump and Sanders win, will they be the nominees?
A suicide bomb attack in Kabul killed 10 people and injured 20 Monday morning, most of whom were civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Myanmar on Monday swore in its first (mostly) democratically elected parliament since the army took over the country in 1962.
The Obama administration has widened the fight against Islamic State militants into Afghanistan, having carried out at least a dozen operations the past three weeks.
Bomb attacks on oil pipelines in Nigeria have caused a massive oil spill.
Police in Sweden foiled a planned attack on migrants in Stockholm.
Norway is disarming its police forces one year after arming them following a raised terrorism threat.
Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive Turkish cleric who is accused of plotting to overthrow the secular Turkish government, lives up in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.
The Republican candidates moderating on addiction.
Nestlé has admitted the use of child slavery in Thailand in its supply chains and is fighting a lawsuit regarding use of child slavery in Cote d’Ivoire.
Finally, Levi’s Stadium grounds crew accidentally painted Broncos logos on both endzones.
Looks like the mid-Atlantic is going to be wiped off the map this weekend, but here’s some stuff to check out before we all go away forever:
Great reporting about the tomfuckery that led to Flint, Michigan’s water catastrophe. Here’s another must-read.
Speaking of shit you just can’t make up: Supposed Republican presidential candidate and failed HP CEO Carly Fiorina apparently brought bunch of pre-schoolers on a field trip to the stage at an anti-abortion rally?
The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search has discovered a new highest prime number ever. It is 22 million digits in length.
Here is an incredible story about wrestler Paul “Big Show” Wight’s boxing career.
The Onion is worth more than the Washington Post.
How Hillary Clinton finally stopped the talk about what she’s wearing.
How Wile E. Coyote explains the world.
R.I.P. Jeffrey Cohen: “Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump.”
Huskies adopt cat as one of their own.
Apologies for the light posting lately—between holidays and work ratcheting up, there just hasn’t been much time to devote to this little gem on the Web. But, hey, here are some other things to read:
Some great reporting on Secretary of State John Kerry and Syria.
In Flint, Michigan, there’s so much lead in childrens’ blood that they’ve declared a state of emergency. Apparently, lead levels have almost doubled since the city switched from using Detroit’s water system to the Flint River last year.
Nobody knows who owns the biggest newspaper in Nevada.
ICYMI: A North Carolina town rejected a solar farm because somebody believes that solar panels suck up all the energy of the sun, and thereby kill plants.
Republican billionaires can’t seem to be able to buy this election.
Here’s Yaya Toure hitting a child (with the ball):