The Week in Review News, 25 February 2018

By Michelle Railey

Body Language:

Via PBS NewsHour, President Trump hosts a listening session with victims of mass shootings in the U.S.

Numerically Speaking:

5: Note number five on President Trump’s crib notes written by Hope Hicks for his listening session with mass shooting victims read “I hear you.” (Twitter, PBS NewsHour)

~20: President Trump has claimed that between 10 and 20 percent of American teachers are “very gun adept.” The reality isn’t even close. (Vox)

30: On average around the world, leaky water pipes account for between 30 and 40 percent of a city’s lost water. (Tufts University; Vox)

88: Kylie Jenner tweeted 88 characters to say “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.” Those 88 characters wiped out $1.3 billion with of the market value of Snapchat’s parent company, with its stock falling 6.1 percent. “That’s like $14 million a character.” (Significant Digits, FiveThirtyEight, Bloomberg)

90: U.S. Olympian skier Gus Kenworthy saved 90 dogs from a Korean meat market while he was in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics. (Fox 4 News, Time, ABC News, Buzzfeed, Chicago Tribune)

491,525: “Thanks to the Trump Tax, Warren Buffett’s investment company got a $29 billion tax break. To put that enormous windfall in perspective, it would take an ordinary middle class family 491,525 years to earn that much money.” (Michael Linden of the Roosevelt Institute; Twitter)

Watch: An Hour-by-Hour Comparison of Trump and Obama Responding to School Shootings


Twitterrifically Speaking: 

“Most of the policy problems facing America have answers. A lot of the political problems simply don’t. I haven’t seen anything likely to reduce polarization and tribalization, at scale, long term— but those problems are at the root of our inability to address policy problems.” Ezra Klein (Twitter)

“The essence of America is the people least likely to protest police brutality are most likely to insist widespread civilian ownership of assault weapons are a necessary safeguard of liberty.” Matthew Yglesias (Twitter)

“When your children act like leaders and your leaders act Iike children, you know change is coming.” Mikel Jollett (Twitter)

“We talk a lot about who the NRA funds but not enough about who funds the NRA. They are a lobbying group for gun manufacturers and therefore push for positions that lead to more guns being bought in this country.” Dan Pfeiffer (Twitter)

“Make your bed, eat your vegetables, and don’t lie to the FBI.” Chuck Rosenberg (NBC; Twitter)

“The president’s chief adviser, a general, has allowed the president’s unqualified daughter (who lacks permanent security clearance) to brief a key ally on diplomatic decisions involving the risk of nuclear war. This snapshot belongs in an authoritarian banana republic.” Brian Klaas, commenting on the news that Ivanka Trump briefed South Korean President Moon about the new sanctions placed on North Korea by the United States (Twitter)


Umm, This Seems Important:


Reading List: How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans (New York Times),  Alcohol and Coffee Can Help You Live Past 90, Study Says (Detroit Free Press), Thirty-Six Minutes After the Gold Medal was Won, The Olympics Happened (Washington Post), China Moves to Let President Xi Stay in Power, Ending Term Limit (New York Times)


Big Fun at CPAC this Past Week: 

Speaking of which: You can read the full transcript of President Trump’s speech at CPAC here.


Dang. A Yellow Cardinal:


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