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After 24 hours of brutal coverage of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' defense of scrapping funding for the Special Olympics, President Trump stepped in to claim he was saving a program his own budget had threatened, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
It was a bad look for DeVos, but standard operating procedure for Trump.
Administration officials past and present have told us that Trump savors news coverage that shows him acting unilaterally.
He has shown throughout his presidency that he has no hesitation about countermanding his appointees:
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There’s a scientific and economic revolution happening in medicine, and the political debate over drug prices isn't keeping up, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes.
Congress is squabbling over proposals to reduce prices by boosting competition — making it easier to start developing generics, or by changing patent protections. But science is rapidly moving away from that world:
Most of these new drugs belong to a class known as biologics. They’re more complex than the drugs we’re used to, and therefore have the potential to be more precise in the way they interact with your body.
"[T]he decision not to subpoena the president is one of the lingering mysteries of Mueller’s 22-month investigation, which concluded last week when he filed a report numbering more than 300 pages," per the WashPost's lead story:
"Mueller’s team kept insisting it needed to interview the president — but never followed through with an actual demand."
Above, a rare, 10-week-old Sumatran tiger cub plays in a jungle habitat at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.
Below, the three cubs will likely grow up to become part of breeding programs in other zoos around the world.
And one more ...
While President Trump "points with pride to last year’s economic growth and promises even faster growth to come, there are signs that his most dependable talking point is eroding," the N.Y. Times' Jim Tankersley writes:
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In U.S. high schools, a quiet movement is underway to better prepare students for a hazy new future in which interpersonal skills will differentiate humans from machines, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes.
Why it matters: Automation is predicted to take over routine office and manual tasks, while elevating the importance of skills like managing others.
Education research has largely overlooked high school. But that's started to change:
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi at her weekly news conference, on Republican attacks on House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff for his handling of Russia allegations:
P.S. ... On Fox News, Sean Hannity's opening graphic last night called him "SCHIFTY SCHIFF."
From the Hubble Space Telescope ... These 3D images, captured by the Osiris-Rex spacecraft as it flies alongside, show a large, 170-foot boulder that juts from asteroid Bennu's southern hemisphere, and the rocky slopes that surround it.
A real-life rocker helped create these images, AP's Marcia Dunn writes:
"Two of America’s biggest public pension funds [California and New York teachers] own stakes in Hikvision, a Chinese company that supplies surveillance technology to detention camps in Xinjiang where Muslims are held," the Financial Times reports (subscription).
At 82, Glenda Jackson commands Broadway as King Lear, the most powerful role in theater.
She does not look diminished — she looks distilled, unwrapped, the long bare branches of her body mesmerizing. "Glenda is so lean, and I don’t just mean that physically," the actor Elizabeth Marvel, who plays Goneril, told me. "I mean that emotionally, intellectually. All the fat is burned off, and you just have this brilliant diamond core."
Jackson is not the first woman to play Lear, nor does gender enter your mind as you watch her. She herself has spoken of how differences between the sexes fade with age, but her authority has always transcended any notion of gender; it has always felt like law.
The first time she played Shakespeare, in 1965, one review was headlined "Ophelia, Prince of Stratford."