What we are reading today:
Trump budget boosts military and border wall, targets social programs – Reuters. Ain’t gonna happen.
Trump’s vision for American health care, explained by his budget – Vox. Repeals Obamacare, and cuts Medicare and Medicaid.
Which airlines are still flying Boeing 737 MAX 8s? – CNN. 157 people died Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa. The passengers were aboard Boeing’s 737 max airplane, which has been the company’s fastest-selling model of all time. But the Ethiopian crash is now that model’s second major, fatal crash in less than six months.
The Massage Parlor Owner Peddling Access to Trump Has Ties to Chinese Government-Linked Groups – Mother Jones. Why? He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Visualizing the huge difference in the White House economic projections versus the CBO’s and Wall Street’s – Marketwatch. Take the green line, plus or minus a half point.
U.S. retail sales rebound but not enough to jolt slowing economy – Reuters. The economy’s big engine is cooling.
New energy technologies are disrupting the power of OPEC – Axios. Read “The Tech-Enabled Energy Future” report from CFR.
Disney heiress: Jesus Christ himself doesn’t deserve this much money – Marketwatch. CNBC interview of Abigail Disney; she thinks Iger is overpaid; Joe Kernen is still asking stupid questions.
The 23 most unforgettable last sentences in fiction – Washington Post. Here’s my pick for number 24:
… he said to the boy, ‘I am a priest.’
‘You?’ the boy exclaimed.
‘Yes,’ he said gently. ‘My name is Father –‘ But the boy had already swung the door open and put his lip to his hand before the other could give himself a name.
If you think you know where this is from, please leave your guess, or your own pick, in the comments.