Only in America
Parents anxious about their children’s social standing are now hiring tutors to improve their video game skills. Most tutors focus on Fortnite, the online shoot-’em-up with 125 million global users, and charge up to $20 for a half-hour lesson. “It’s really surreal to me,” said tutor Logan Werner, 18. “My dad would never have paid for me to take video game lessons.”
An Arizona school district is building a village of “tiny homes” for schoolteachers who can’t afford housing. The new homes, in Vail, will be 300 to 400 square feet—roughly the size of a one-car garage. Teachers union president Joe Thomas congratulated officials for their “creative approach,” but suggested that a more humane solution might be to pay teachers a living wage, and “move away from tiny school budgets.”
Boring but important
Price rises for the border wall
President Trump wants $18 billion to build a wall along 722 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, but Congress’ lead watchdog now says the Trump administration has underestimated the project’s cost by billions of dollars. The Government Accountability Office found that the agency tasked with the construction project failed to consider how land ownership and terrain would affect the cost, as it rushed planning at the president’s urging. Funding for the wall must come from Congress, and Trump has threatened a government shutdown in September if he doesn’t get it. Democrats said the GAO report proved the wall isn’t a serious policy proposal. “This Administration has no clue what it is doing,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).