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.
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.
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.