And the Olympics have been reduced to this:

lympic Curlers Are Buff Now, and Have the Calendars to Prove It
The Norwegian curling team appeared in the 2018 Men of Curling Calendar. Ulsrud, at far left, said he began to focus on weight training as a way of sustaining his career.

And – of course – this would have to happen.

Russian curler banished from Winter Olympics after failed drug test

Alexander Krushelnitsky tests positive for meldonium
Set to be stripped of mixed curling bronze, won with wife

Probably not.

Is There an Obstruction Case against President Trump?

The justice department’s office of legal counsel should answer the question.

It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United States be charged with obstruction based on non-criminal discretionary acts that are unquestionably within his constitutional authority as chief executive?

ny idea that keeps these organizations alive is a bad idea.

BankThink Don’t reinvent the wheel on housing finance: Restore Fannie and Freddie

Tackling the last piece of unfinished business from the 2008 financial crisis is a top priority for policymakers — the big question is how to do it.

Recently, an early draft of legislation aimed at reforming the twin housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was made public. The proposed legislation, sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., comes just weeks after Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt laid out his own ideas about the future of the government-sponsored enterprises. At the same time, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has articulated three core principles for reform: protect taxpayers, end government ownership and preserve the 30-year mortgage.

Booker T. Washington is smiling.

This New Graphene Invention Makes Filthy Seawater Drinkable in One Simple Step

2.1 billion people still don’t have safe drinking water.

Using a type of graphene called Graphair, scientists from Australia have created a water filter that can make highly polluted seawater drinkable after just one pass.

The technology could be used to cheaply provide safe drinking water to regions of the world without access to it.

“Almost a third of the world’s population, some 2.1 billion people, don’t have clean and safe drinking water,” said lead author Dong Han Seo.

“As a result, millions – mostly children – die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene every year. In Graphair we’ve found a perfect filter for water purification.

“It can replace the complex, time consuming and multi-stage processes currently needed with a single step.”

Developed by researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Graphair is a form of graphene made out of soybean oil.

Going back to small tribes.

I’m not just referring to the latest school shooting — itself a soul-deadening phrase: the latest school shooting. I mean this whole mess. Bear with me.

We evolved to live in small bands of a dozen to a few dozen people. Our brains come pre-loaded with a numerical limit on the number of people we can really know (it’s called “Dunbar’s Number”). Fortunately, our brains are flexible and adaptive, which is why we’re not still eating grubs and tubers. We can, therefore, learn to live in communities larger than those typical of a wandering band of hunter-gatherers.