Normally on the day after the Super Bowl I’d point out some of the funnier or weirder commercials, but man, the pickings seem pretty thin this year. The Tide commercial was clever, but really only in context of the recent “Tide Pod Challenge” crap. We did get some good trailers, though. The WestWorld trailer looks awesome (April 22, y’all!), and Lando looks like the best part of the Solo movie.
5 Things to Read Today (2/5/18)
- NPR: Researchers Discover ‘Anxiety Cells’ In The Brain – This could lead to some new therapies for anxiety disorders.
- Quartz: More infants are dying in US states that rejected expanded Medicaid – “But in the states that did not adopt expanded Medicaid, infant mortality rates stopped falling, and started to rise, going from 6.4 in 2014 to 6.6 in 2016.”
- Politico: How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral – One problem with this article is that it relies on a lot of data from the Hamilton Dashboard, which has published its methodology, but not the accounts it’s tracking. My experience with Hamilton is that it syncs with my gut instinct on trending hashtags, but that might actually be more of a strike against it than proof for it. In general, be a little extra wary of things that confirm your expectations all the time. All that having been said, this article is a fascinating read, and I think Politico is on to something here.
- Lawfare: ‘I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News’: FBI Messages Show the Bureau’s Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey – Trump and the Trump administration has talked a lot of trash about the FBI, but it all started back with Comey, when they said that the rank and file FBI guys had lost faith in James Comey. That is not true.
- FiveThirtyEight: Why The Nunes Memo Probably Won’t Do What Trump Wants It To – “The broader public has demonstrated continued faith in the Russia investigation.” If you want to read more about the Nunes memo, I updated my post from Friday with a bunch of articles about the memo, its contents, and the effects it might have.