The “World War 3 Is Coming!” News

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Quotes

“World War 3 is Coming!” The National Enquirer's title for this week's print edition. The tabloid's cover claims that in the issue you can read the day and time that all-out war will break out plus a step-by-step guide detailing how Trump will defeat our 8 enemies. (National Enquirer)

“Here's a hint: the U.S. tax code is thousands of pages long. If this is your tax code and if your plan for comprehensively overhauling that tax code is one page, double-spaced, with deep indents and almost no numbers, that's a lot of things but that's not actually a tax plan.” Rachel Maddow weighing in on the Trump administration's tax reform plan released this week. (MSNBC)

“Guys, this is the same plan he campaigned on. Let's stop pretending it's 'new.'” Matt O'Brien, regarding Trump's tax plan. (Twitter)

“Winners from TrumpTax: 1. Donald Trump 2. Jared Kushner 3. Rich real estate guys generally 4. Other kinds of rich fund managers 5. Apple.” Vox' Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias; Twitter)

“One thing that the American people, I think, know about President Trump is that he is the boss.” Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (NBC Meet the Press)

“There's a lot of words. I won't bother reading everything.” President Donald J. Trump signing an executive order on Tuesday of this week. (Peter Baker; New York Times; Twitter)

“What do we want? Evidence-based policy! When do we want it? After peer review!” One of the great chants from the Earth Day Marches for Science which occurred on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (NPR)

“bad that uber does this, bad that apple has the power to destroy a business (even a bad one)” @Atrios tweeting about the Apple/Uber story. (Twitter)

“Amazing Fox and Friends quote today: 'We've gone 242 years with no wall on our southern border.' That's…not how long we've bordered Mexico.” Dave Weigel (@daveweigel; Twitter)

“We always say that in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don't push it in somebody's face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That's the way that he winds up with that kind of problem…The biggest thing that we need is civility.” Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) answering a constituent's question about improving the lives of the LGBT community in Wyoming. (Bradd Jaffy; Twitter; New York Magazine)

 

Numbers

9. In the first 100 days of President Obama's presidency, he had visited nine countries: Mexico, Canada, Iraq, UK, France, Germany, Trinidad, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. In George W. Bush's first 100 days, he visited Mexico and Canada. In President Trump's first 100 days in office, he has not traveled out of the U.S. (Ari Melber; Twitter)

557. There are 557 days until the Mid-term 2018 elections in the U.S. (Google)

1,286. There are 1,286 days until the United States' 2020 general election. (Google)

~ 61 thousand. Since January, almost 61 thousand retail jobs in the United States have been lost due to store closures. (APM Marketplace)

>12 million. In the past five years, ESPN has lost more than 12 million cable and satellite subscribers. (APM Marketplace)

 

Notes

Links of Note: Full transcript of that AP interview of President Trump. (Associated Press); The best article on universal basic income I've read yet via Andrew Flowers (FiveThirtyEight); Wikipedia has plans to break into the news business with Wikitribune (Guardian); Top World News Headlines for April 27, 2017 (NPR)

The Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest lake in the world:

The disappearance of the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea in 1989 (R) and in 2014 (L) (NASA; Wikimedia)

Further reading: This article from the BBC; Wikipedia entry for Aral Sea
 
Thanks, Japan.
Initial

Via Toronto Star

 

 

Datebook

April 29: White House Correspondents' Dinner, also known as “Nerd Prom” (US)

April 29: President Trump's 100 Days Rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (US)

May 7: French presidential run-off election between the far-right Marine LePen and the centrist Emmanuel Macron. (France)

May 14: Mother's Day (US)

June 7: Run-off election to fill the U.S. House seat for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Democrat Jon Ossof and Republican Karen Handel will be on the ballot for the seat. (US)

 

 

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