Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Will democrats shut down the government over Obamacare?
“Republican leaders returned to Washington after a lengthy Easter recess with two discrete goals for the week: Keep the federal government from shutting down, and maybe, if they had the time and the votes, finally pass their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“Congress being Congress, this presented a test significantly more difficult than, say, walking and chewing gum at the same time. And as a deadline for funding the government draws near, one GOP priority is threatening to derail the other.”
2. Canadian Space Agency getting $80.9M in federal funding for two projects
“The funding, which was already announced in this year’s federal budget, will support two projects.
“One is a radar instrument that would be used to study the surface and subsurface of Mars. It could contribute to developing a high-resolution map of the surface of the red planet and help identify water resources at shallow depths.”
– The Star
3. The failure of Trump’s first 100 days is a win for America
“While the White House busily promotes the sheer number of executive orders the president has signed since January 20, a Washington Post fact-checker found that of the 60 promises candidate Trump made in his self-proclaimed “contract” with Americans, he has kept five, broken five, and taken no action on 34 others. In other words, that “contract” has roughly the same value as a diploma from Trump University: It’s a scam designed to bamboozle a credulous public while he and his family pick its pockets.”
4. A fascinating new science experiment proves that we can grow babies outside of their mother’s womb
“Over its four weeks in the artificial womb, the lamb started to grow a wool coat, gained weight, and even opened its eyes. The researchers successfully tested eight lamb fetuses this way. But growing lamb fetuses is just the beginning.
“Ultimately, the researchers are working toward creating an artificial womb that could sustain premature human babies. Preemies haven’t had time to fully develop in the womb and, therefore, are at a higher risk of health problems throughout their life.”
5. Heineken just put out the antidote to that Pepsi Kendall Jenner ad
“Earlier this month, Pepsi tried to walk in step with the #Resistance, and ended up falling on its face. Hard. The company’s tone-deaf ad…inspired such a seething backlash it was pulled almost instantly, and savagely parodied. Heineken has come along a couple weeks later with an ad that gets to the heart of political engagement in a straightforward way that makes Pepsi’s self-congratulatory ad seem even more embarrassing.”