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The Vitalist || Sunday. June 3

The Vitalist || Sunday. June 3

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
— Charles Dickens

GOINGS-ON

This week,

Trump’s Lawyers Assert Executive Power to Avoid Questioning: In a confidential letter to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, President Trump’s lawyers made claims of executive power in a bid to avoid a subpoena. Mr. Trump’s broad interpretation of executive authority is novel and is likely to be tested if a court battle ensues over whether he could be ordered to answer questions.

Family farms, facing falling crop prices and a trade war, now have another worry: Rising interest rates: Farmers are currently carrying the highest level of debt since that crisis, when interest rates soared to the high double-digits and many family operations lost their farms.

Senate Republicans Are Newly Hopeful About Midterm Races: The G.O.P.’s preferred candidates are running or winning in several states, and potential problems have been averted. Some Republicans now see Senate gains, not losses, in November.

Alex Ovechkin is playing the most complete hockey of his career: The Washington Capitals captain is scoring goals, blocking shots and hitting. It’s a complete effort — and it may be what brings his team its first Stanley Cup.

How Marc Jacobs Fell Out of Fashion: In recent years, Mr. Jacobs has left Louis Vuitton, shrunk his own business, shut dozens of stores and lost his longtime business partner. And what’s happening with that I.P.O.?

From the NY Times...It was quite a week in Europe: Italy swore in a euroskeptic government that has worried the financial markets. (Above, the new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.) Then a pro-Europe government in Spain suddenly collapsed, ushering in a Socialist-led government. Amid the sudden political uncertainty, President Trump announced tariffs on aluminum and steel imported from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, raising the potential of an all-out trade war.

ABC abruptly canceled “Roseanne” hours after the show’s star and co-creator, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama: The revived sitcom had been one of the top-rated shows in the country, delivering an audience that network television had not seen in years. But we talked to people who worked on the set, who said that for all the success, there was a sense of foreboding. 


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2018 is the Year Roseanne Was Canceled and Brooklyn Nine Nine and The Expanse Were Saved: I Have No Idea What this Means

2018 is the Year Roseanne Was Canceled and Brooklyn Nine Nine and The Expanse Were Saved: I Have No Idea What this Means

The Vitalist || Sunday. May 27

The Vitalist || Sunday. May 27