What We’re Reading: July 5th (Link Roundup)


Health Care and Health Policy

Domestic/Economic Policy and Markets

  • Struggles in a Steel Town Highlighted by Donald Trump, NYT
    • “In fact, about 71 percent of the steel used last year in the United States was made in the United States, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. The mills in Monessen and other cities along the Monongahela River were not replaced by Chinese factories but by smaller, more efficient factories in other parts of the country.”
  • How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality, NYT
    • “The lost opportunities for development may theoretically reduce the output of the United States economy by as much as $1.5 trillion a year, according to estimates in a recent paper by the economists Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti. Regardless of the actual gains in dollars that could be achieved if zoning laws were significantly cut back, the research on land-use restrictions highlights some of the consequences of giving local communities too much control over who is allowed to live there.”
  • Slowdown in Shadow Lending Tightens Credit on Main Street, WSJ

Campaign 2016 and Electoral Politics

Foreign Policy and International Affairs

  • Islamic State Extends Reach as It Suffers Defeats, WSJ
    • “Islamic State is increasingly reverting to less expensive but spectacular guerrilla maneuvers, calling on supporters to launch assaults while its costly makeshift army faces retention problems and casualties, Western officials said. It is expanding its global scope, inspiring groups and individuals spread across several continents, even though they may have different agendas and operational methods…The frequency of attacks outside Syria and Iraq has increased in tandem with battlefield and territorial setbacks that have deprived the militants of key sources of income such as oil. The group’s shift in tactics has been prompted by those territorial losses, U.S. officials and security advisers say.”
  • Even more from FoPo: Bombings in Saudi Arabia Cap A Deadly Week of Global Terror
    • “Monday’s attacks cap a violent week around the world, with three major terror strikes in Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq. In Istanbul on Tuesday, suicide bombers killed at least 44 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, gunmen stormed a restaurant in the city’s diplomatic zone and killed at least 20 people, most of them foreigners from Italy, Japan, India, and the United States; the Islamic State has claimed credit for the assault. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the early Sunday morning attack in central Baghdad, where a minivan packed with explosives blew up and killed at least 165 people, according to the BBC. On Monday, CNN reported that number had reached 200.”
  • Report: Mapping the Spread of the ISIS Plague, FoPo (Really fascinating and useful!)
  • Turkey Says Ready To Cooperate With Russia Against IS, Radio Free Europe
    • Turkey’s diplomatic overtures continue, eager to make amends with Russia after brinksmanship earlier this year, even offering use of the Incirlik Air Force Base.

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