Till the End of the Week

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.

Till the End of the Day

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.

Till the End of the Day

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):

Till the End of the Day

It’s friggin’ cold outside. Watch out for black ice. Here’s some things to look at while you’re hopefully keeping warm:

Sen. Barbara Boxer announced that she will retire in 2016.

Vermont finally elected a governor.

For their first act, congressional Republicans declared war on math.

Hey this is very good news.

This is a pretty solid profile on Justice Samuel Alito.

Most of the rich people in the U.S. think the poor have it easy.

Poor cities mean low-cost high culture.

There will be way fewer languages around in in 2115.

Which occupations are more likely to be married?

 Turns out a cow breed made by the Nazis is wildly aggressive.

The revolution as a drinking party.

We wish David Bowie a very happy birthday. That’s a wrap.

Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Good morning, folks. Michelle Williams and Dustin Yellin broke up. Now, your morning constitutional:

.A new paper says that complete melting of major portions of Antartica’s western ice sheet is inevitable, and would lead to much higher ocean levels than previously expected. The region has enough ice to raise global sea levels by four feet.

A series of car bombs attacking Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 28 on Tuesday as Shiites celebrated the birthday of Imam Ali, Shiite Islam’s most sacred martyr.

Billionaire Tom Steyer, one of the most visible environmental activists in the U.S., made much of his fortune investing in Asian coal.

Federal safety officials say two were entrapped and killed in a West Virginia coal mine. (That’s literally all of the story so far at 9:18 a.m., but it could be updated.)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister, flew to Kiev Tuesday to open talks between the Ukraine government and its foes in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

North Carolina businessman Keith Cisco, a Democrat who ran for Congress against Clay Aiken, was found dead of an apparent accident at his home on Monday.

U.S. retail sales barely budged in April.

The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that Google must remove search results at the request of ordinary people, backing the EU’s “right to be forgotten” rule.

Civilian residents have returned to the once-bustling city of Homs after a ceasefire gave control of the city back to the Syrian government but find mostly ruins and devastation.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for bribery.

Texas’s culture wars have created a public health nightmare for women.

AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy DirecTV for at least $50 billion.

The clever way congress is getting around its earmark ban,

The United Nations has appointed its first woman commander as Norwegian Major General Kristin Lund was tapped to lead U.S. peacekeeping troops in Cyprus.

An energy efficiency bill that was expected to pass failed in the Senate after Republicans wanted to add amendments to push approval of Keystone XXL, curtail EPA regulations, and permanently oppose a carbon tax.

Christopher Columbus’s long-missing Santa Maria may have been found.

What your web browsing says about your politics.

Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples?

Karl Rove suggests that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage.

Finally, a man stole a toilet from a West Seattle Subway.