Your special Earth Day/Science March/tax day/chocolate bunnies edition: equal parts rallying, infuriating, and covered in brightly colored foil.
- In news from Trumplandia: Trump’s claiming credit for a long list of achievements within his first 100 days, whether or not they’re real. (“I’m the greatest jobs producer that God ever created.”) | Despite his claims, Trump’s missed his mark, writes the Washington Post. | Why the first 100 days concept isn’t a helpful presidential evaluation. | Either way, these days, it’s hard to tell who’s running the country, or where the President actually is at any moment. So here’s a tidy tracker of our vacationer-in-chief’s Mar-a-Lago sojourns, and what his travel $ translates to in real terms. | Ivankian niceties don’t cut it these days. No more paying lip service to libraries when your dad’s proposed to cut the Institute of Museum and Library Services. | Finally, a speculative but interesting piece from writer Kate Imbach on Melania’s cloistered life.
- With North Korea rattling its saber (and America kind of responding in kind), The Guardian attempts to answer the question on many West Coaster’s minds: are we facing nuclear apocalypse? | If so, here’s where you should bunker down if your city is ground zero. (All we need now is one miniature combination Russian phrasebook and Bible and three prophylactics.)
- A few thoughtful pieces to ponder over the weekend. First, brain drain’s long been a challenge in the international development sphere, but maybe we should be thinking domestically: our smaller, middle American towns could use the boost, writes JD Vance in the NYT. | An article in the NY Times ponders London’s post-Brexit fate. Will it remain a European banking and cultural capital? | A controversial opinion from Salon about how abandoning l’art pour l’art has led to the NEA’s peril. | And a superb piece from Alana Samuels in The Atlantic about the problematic power of philanthropy in an age of government contraction.
- Good (or at least interesting) news: a profile of a Pulitzer winning family-run paper in a Utah town of 15,000. So wonderful. | The world’s oldest woman, who lived through three centuries and ninety Italian governments, dies, but not before she shared her tips for longevity. | And rejoice in the #Resistance! Good things are happening at the nation’s town halls.
- Finally, two video clips to play you out, one sobering but funny, and one cathartic. First, in case your granddad’s lamenting Bill O’Reilly’s firing, here’s Trevor Noah examining why this racist, sexist bully should never have been hired in the first place. His clips don’t lie:
And the second, pure catharsis in video form, courtesy of Keith Olbermann.