What We’re Following
Health Complications: The GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is back: Paul Ryan says a new bill is nearly done, President Trump is pushing Congress to pass it, and some reports say conservatives and moderates have reached a tentative agreement. But congressional staffers are skeptical, and the proposal comes with a long list of pitfalls. Health care, as Trump infamously declared last month, is complicated—and so are the host of other issues whose complexity he’s marveled at in his first few months as president. His learning curve is unnerving to critics, but if it helps his supporters understand how hard it is to govern, it might be an unexpected public service.
European Populism: France’s upcoming presidential election showcases a growing international trend: Traditional left-right politics are falling apart, making room for populism to gain power. In Britain, such a resurgence led to the country’s vote to leave the European Union, and Brexit, in turn, has given new momentum to the cause of Scottish independence.
Computer Crashes: This week, Yahoo filed its last quarterly earnings report, marking the company’s exit from public trading. The former internet giant has been struggling for years, but its final failure is rooted in a lack of advertising revenue—and serves as a warning to online news organizations. More on the web: Google Books once promised to create a universal library of almost every book ever published, and got as far as creating a database of tens of millions of texts. But a court decision stopped the project from going public. Here’s how that happened.