Graded

A: POSSIBLY TRUE AND IMPORTANT

Trump’s Lower-Court Judges Are Dismantling Roe v. Wade One Ruling at a Time
Slate

That is precisely what the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did on Tuesday, permitting Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood by proclaiming that there is no “Fourteenth Amendment right to perform abortions.” The court’s threadbare reasoning ignores controlling Supreme Court precedent and disregards the impact of Ohio’s crusade against abortion providers on women. But that doesn’t matter to the majority, which includes all four President Donald Trump appointees who participated in the case.

May goes down in flames in 2nd Brexit vote
Politico Europe

Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil
AP

 

B: POSSIBLY TRUE, IMPACT UNCERTAIN

250 scientists sign UN warning: wireless earbuds increase cancer risk
The Daily Mail

The Trump administration is seeking to close nearly two dozen U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices around the world in a move it estimates would save millions per year. But critics argue the closures will further slow refugee processing, family reunification petitions and military citizenship applications.

Calif. gov: No more executions …
… defies voters …
… 737 inmates on death row
Sacto Bee

Pilots complaints on Boeing Max uncovered
Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient” several months before Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, an investigation by the Dallas Morning News found.

The Morning News found at least five complaints about the Boeing model in a federal database where pilots can voluntarily report about aviation incidents without fear of repercussions.

The disclosures found by the Morning News reference problems with an autopilot system during takeoff and nose-down situations while trying to gain altitude during flights of Boeing 737 Max 8s. 

C: PROCESS-MAYBE-SPECULATION-OPINION

Thanks, FBI … but admission to elite colleges
has been “rigged” for a long time
The Guardian

But here’s the thing: the whole system is “rigged” in favor of more affluent parents. It is true that the conversion of wealth into a desirable college seat was especially egregious in this case – to the extent that it was actually illegal. But there are countless ways that students are robbed of a “fair shot” if they are not lucky enough to be born to well-resourced, well-connected parents.
<> The real college admissions scandal is what’s legal
Vox

Meet Tengai, the job interview robot who won’t judge you
BBC

The goal is to offer candidates job interviews that are free from any of the unconscious biases that managers and recruiters can often bring to the hiring process, while still making the experience “seem human”.

D: DUBIOUS

NASA: First person on Mars “likely” to be female
Futurism

… though it’s not yet clear why he thinks that … fewer than a third of NASA’s active astronauts are female…. possible it’s a meaningless bit of PR flummery and a warm-and-fuzzy PC signal.

E: ENTERTAINMENT

Trump to Chief of Staff: ‘Get Rid of My Kids’ Who Didn’t ‘Play the Game,’ Book Claims — as WH Dismisses ‘Fiction’
People

“Get rid of my kids; get them back to New York,” Trump told John Kelly, then his newly installed chief of staff, according to Vicky Ward’s Kushner Inc. Ward’s book will be published next week and, she writes, is based on some 220 interviews — most of them anonymous. (Hmm.)

Ward writes that Trump felt his kids “didn’t know how to play the game,” referring to what he saw as inept attempts at public relations, inevitably resulting in negative headlines.

L.A., Philly lead list of most-aggressive drivers
USA Today

Saudi plane turns around after mother forgets baby at airport
The Guardian

‘May God be with us. Can we come back?’ says pilot.

Selfie-taker who was attacked by jaguar apologizes for breaking the rules
NPR

“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar. She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed,” zoo officials said.

F: FAIL

The Trumps were pictured with the owner of a massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was accused of soliciting prostitution.
Snopes

Li Yang, who took a selfie with U. S. President Donald Trump at his annual Super Bowl party, owned a massage parlor that would later become Orchids of Asia, where Robert Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution.

Yang sold the business to a new owner in 2012 and has been implicated in none of the alleged crimes associated with the current business.