FROM Annalisa Merelli
Zika and Latin America The first Zika virus case in Los Angeles County was confirmed this week. A teenage girl contracted the virus while visiting El Salvador in November. She has since recovered from the disease. Public health officials are advising that pregnant women should delay trips to countries where the mosquito-borne illness has spiked in recent months. The Zika virus has been linked to severe birth defects. Several Latin American countries are calling for women to stop getting pregnant entirely. But access to birth control in these countries can be spotty or impossible, and abortion is banned entirely – or greatly restricted – in most Latin American nations.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."