Wow. What a start. While I expected a train wreck, I didn't expect that the first meltdown would be an argument against all evidence that Trump's inauguration crowd was the largest ever. It's going to be an unprecedented four years. Anyway, here are some interesting stories:
Why Baseball Revived a 60-Year-Old Strategy Designed To Stop Ted Williams - FiveThirtyEight
Dallas Stars Troll Trump and His Lying Inauguration Attendance Numbers on Jumbotron - VICE Sports. This photo is too awesome:
The President of Vice - The Onion. The Onion reflects on eight years of Joe Biden making news. And, finally, there is this.
Trump's Pick To Lead USDA Heads To Washington With Some Political Baggage - The Salt
US ethanol exports up 85% in first quarter of 2016/2017 MY - Biofuels International
Falling Response Rates to USDA Crop Surveys: Why It Matters - Farmdocdaily University of Illinois
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn't listening - Mosaic. My former boss highlighted this story, and I think there are some important lessons here. I tend to think that idle time, along with despair, are at the heart of the opioid problem we have right now.
Why Are There So Many People in Jail in Scranton, PA? - Vera
Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenues and millions of jobs - Guardian. No federal lands should be given away to the states. Sold, as a last resort, but not given away under any circumstances.
Trump and the Revolt of the White Middle Class - Washington Monthly
Union City: a town waiting on Trump's promises and How does a manufacturing town remake itself for a new economy? - Marketplace. All of the stories from Erie that Marketplace did last week were interesting, but I can't shake the feeling that a lot of people put way too much faith into the words of a conman.
What Do You Do if a Red State Moves to You - Politico
The Great Exception: California Versus Trump. Part One - California Sunday Magazine
Interactive Maps: Estimates of Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion - Kaiser Family Foundation. If my math is correct, the average subsidy recipient is getting about $2400 a year toward health insurance. It will be interesting to see if removing the supposedly unnecessary Obamacare requirements will drop the cost of health insurance for these folks enough to make up the loss of that subsidy, or if Republicans will keep that or an equivalent subsidy. Everything I've seen appears that Republicans want to separate out the high cost patients and give tax credits or deductions to everybody, helping out those who don't need it, and helping less those who do. Typically Republican.
A Tale of Two Economies - Bloomberg. It would be interesting to know what percentage of jobs lost in this time frame in the more rural areas were related to decreased state and federal funding. I would expect that Republican spending cuts (almost always linked to tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefited city and suburban residents), especially at the statewide level, inordinately impacted rural areas.