With all the winning in D.C. this week, it’s hard to believe we could win any bigger. But, I have some great news! Just in time for my latest podcast, Politics in Polite Company has finally made it on iTunes! Make sure you subscribe!
This week—I’m talking to Joy Namunoga with the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda. Yep! We’re calling Joy in Uganda to talk to her about corruption and what she learned while she was a U.S. State Department fellow. We worked together at the Sunlight Foundation and I thought you might enjoy hearing her perspective. I wrote last week about my experience with these programs and I thought you might benefit from hearing from somebody who is not an American.
(By the way, the U.S. State Department estimates it spends about 3.5% of its budget on public diplomacy efforts, which include exchanges like this. That means (by my rough math) it is likely less than .01% of the overall U.S. budget.)
The United States isn’t the only country that does public diplomacy efforts like this. In fact, the European Union is hosting myself and several other graduate students this next week. It’s the 60th anniversary of the European Union this weekend and I’m excited to learn more about the EU and its member countries. I hope to share some of what I learn on the trip with you! If there’s anything you’d like me to ask about—let me know. (Also, I know you guys enjoy suggestions of good resources on foreign news coverage. Politico has a site for the EU. I really enjoy the Brussels playbook and recommend subscribing to the newsletter for a rundown of what is happening in Europe.)
Meanwhile—here are some news bits you might have missed coming from the District:
This is a great read from conservative and Atlantic editor David Frum about where America goes from here with regards to health care.
Also, this is interesting about the number of calls House members received about the Republican bill.
Paul Manafort has reportedly volunteered to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee about his ties to Russia.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Michael Flynn discussed with Turkish officials removing a Muslim cleric wanted by the Erdogan administration without an extradition hearing.
The ACLU released this statement about the Senate vote to pass a resolution overturning a FCC rule prohibiting internet providers from selling consumer data.
Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub is persisting with her quest to get President Trump to provide evidence of election fraud.
On a lighter note–Buzzfeed is now selling a children’s book of its story about President Trump sitting in the seat of a truck.
There’s a concerning story in the District about the number of missing black teen girls in the city that is just starting to get some attention. I saw this swirling on social media yesterday and today our local news station had a story debunking some of the “fake news” about the issue. However, it is still a concerning issue worth discussing. The city has been holding meetings on how to better respond to these families so I think it is a story worth reading.
Finally, the panda born at the National Zoo, Bao Bao, is back in China and made her public debut. I think we all could use a few cute panda pictures to look at after this crazy week!
That’s all for this week. What will next week bring? More winning? We’ll see!