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“Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.” Queen Victoria (The Economist)

“Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head,” Communications Director for Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham (CNN)

“I think poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind.” HUD Secretary Ben Carson (Sirius XM; NPR)

“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs.” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, explaining that the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to programs like SNAP, Social Security Disability Insurance, Education, Medicaid, Housing and Science are actually compassionate because compassion cannot be measured in improvements to the circumstances of other humans. (APM Marketplace)

“How old was Noah when he built the ark? Six hundred. He wasn’t, like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.” Republican Greg Gianforte, candidate in Montana’s special election for U.S. Representative (More on Gianforte’s “body-slam heard ’round the world” here; follow election results here or here) (The Week)

“A big part of a public servant’s job is teaching civics. If the First Amendment means anything, it means you can’t body-slam a journalist.” Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) (Twitter @BenSasse)

“Roger Ailes did more than any person of his generation to transform American politics into a contact sport. He coarsened the culture, he mainstreamed conspiracy theories, and he paved the ground for the election of Donald Trump, who harnessed all of those currents unleashed on the country over the last forty years.” Gabriel Sherman, author of The Loudest Voice in the Room (APM Marketplace)

“People don’t want to be informed. People want to feel informed.” Fox News co-founder Chet Collier; a saying around the company. (Gabriel Sherman, APM Marketplace)


~Two-thirds: Approximately two-thirds of nursing home care in the U.S. is paid for by Medicaid. (Axioms; NPR; WBUR On Point with Tom Ashbrook)

12: Monday’s suicide bombing in Manchester marks the twelfth terrorist attack in Western Europe since the beginning of 2015. More than 300 have been killed in the attacks. (NPR)

21: The American honeybee population decreased by 21 percent over the winter, the lowest winter loss rate since tracking began in 2006. The target percentage of winter loss of honeybees is 15 percent. (NPR)

110.5 Million: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 painting “Untitled” sold at Sotheby’s’s for 110.5 million recently. It was originally sold in 1984 for 19,000 dollars. The recent price is the highest sale price ever at auction for an American artist. (NPR)

10.5 Billion: The Tump Administration’s proposed budget includes 10.5 billion dollars in cuts to 30 different federal education programs administered through the U.S. Department of Education. The proposed cuts would be occur over a ten-year period. (APM Marketplace)

2 Trillion: The proposed Trump budget introduced this week includes a double-counting math error amounting to two trillion dollars. Some are calling it accounting fraud; others are attributing it to an oversight. The White House is standing by the numbers as correct. (Time; NPR; BBC)


Reading Recommendations: (1) Trump’s Budget is Simply Ludicrous (Larry Summers) (2) Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript (Haberman, Thrush; New York Times) (3) Recent changes to EPA giving less voice to scientists and more to industry (Watch or read transcript at PBS NewsHour) (4) The Sex Slaves of Al-Shabaab (BBC) (5) Major Cholera Epidemic Feared in Yemen (BBC) (6) Turkey’s Erdogan Extends Emergency Rule (Voice of America) (7) The World is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic (Bryan Walsh) (8) Trumped (John O’Donnell)

Fragile States Index


Via The Economist. Note change in U.S.


Two Presidents Write Very Different Letters for the Holocaust Dead at Yad Vashem

For comparison’s sake, here is Justin Bieber’s thoughts he wrote in the guest book at the Anne Frank House: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” (CNN, BBC)



Uninsured Rate Would Jump Under AHCA Trump Plan (CBO)

Via Bloomberg and CBO



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