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[@the_dwc] House wrangles with bipartisan Senate bill; Enjoy this American mall simulator
Thursday | 2.8.18
I am so deeply impressed with Bloomberg's American mall simulator


BUSINESS


  • The Los Angeles Times has been sold to healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million. The announcement brings to a close a tumultuous relationship between the Times and its Chicago-based parent company, Tronc, who also owns the Chicago Tribune. The sale also returns the Times to local ownership for the first time since 2000, as well as reveals Tronc's seeming retreat from national and international ambitions. New York Times
                             

  • Onward to newer forms of media, boosted by video content and improvements to its app, Twitter reported its first profitable quarter ever — and it only took about 12 years. The good news was dampened by no significant additions to net users in the last quarter, though daily active user growth continued. Recode
                             


POLITICS


  • Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by nearly $300 billion, potentially ending the seemingly endless parade of short-term resolutions. The plan would add $128 billion to domestic programs while also adding $160 billion to defense budgets. Although the two-year deal has received support from both House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump, there are still two main factions who oppose it: 1) deficit hawks, who already have to deal with a $1.5 trillion tax cut from last year and 2) House Democrats who protest that no protections are made for the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Reuters
                             
    Related: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just delivered an eight-hour-long speech decrying the stalled immigration talks. The House historian's office says that it's the longest floor speech since 1909 — and possibly ever. NPR
                             

  • White House staff secretary Rob Porter has resigned following allegations of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. Although he's kept largely out of the public eye, Porter has played an influential part in the Trump administration as one of the main valves controlling the information that reaches the president. The two ex-wives had been interviewed by the FBI last year as part of the agency's security background check of Porter and the details of the abuse may be one of the main contributing factors to his apparent lack of obtaining full security clearance. NPR
                             


SPORTS


  • [Olympics] Four-time Olympic luger Erin Hamlin has been selected to carry the American flag at the Opening Ceremony (which happens tomorrow morning). In 2014 she became the first American to medal in singles luge in Olympic history. Yahoo
                             
    Related: Speaking of luge, what are the speediest Winter Olympic sports? Washington Post
                             

  • [College Football] 2018 National Signing Day, when high school senior athletes typically sign binding letters of intent to attend a university, is officially in the books and it appears that Georgia has come out on top of the rankings after snagging several five-star recruits. For more winners and losers, head here: CBS
                             
    Related: A four-star recruit's mother, decked out in Alabama and Tennessee gear, walked out of her son's commitment ceremony after he chose Florida SB Nation
                             


CULTURE


  • One of the most popular reads shared with me this week concerns the marble crayfish, which came to be about 25 years ago thanks to a single, drastic mutation. That mutation has allowed the marble crayfish to clone itself and take over large swaths of Europe. New York Times
                             

  • Kylie Jenner's baby announcement on Instagram has broken the platform's record for the most likes, racking up over 15 million. The previous record holders had been Cristiano Ronaldo's picture of his girlfriend and fourth child with 11.3 million likes and Beyoncé's picture of her pregnant belly with twins with 11.2 million likes. Variety
                             


TO SHARE


  • Clean up rats and hoodlums, negotiate rent with tenants or pitch for new ones... Bloomberg has created an excellent, excellent playable simulation on what it's like to run a mall in America. You'll lose no matter what but can you last the longest? Bloomberg
                             
    Related: "The apparel industry has a big problem. At a time when the economy is growing, unemployment is low, wages are rebounding and consumers are eager to buy, Americans are spending less and less on clothing."... on the death of clothing and why so many apparel companies are struggling Bloomberg
                             

  • People are not having it with the unrealistic physics of Dwayne Johnson's new movie poster The Huffington Post
                             

  • More baffling imagery: side-by-side photos of road look like they're taken at slightly different angles but are actually the same Digg
                             

 

Just as a heads up to my coworkers, my afternoon will be spent playing that Bloomberg mall simulator and carving up citrus fruit peels Imgur
                         


Artist Gerco de Ruijter compiling aerial images of roads that demonstrate small corrections that are necessary when imposing a grid on a spherical planet [VideoGiphy
                         
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