▪ Death rates for white Americans without college degrees continued to rise in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015, according to a Princeton study. The mortality of white men ages 50 to 54 with a high school degree or less has now increased 130_percent since 1998; for white women, it has increased 381_percent during that period. Drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, and suicide were largely to blame for these “deaths of despair,” the study found.
▪ Under the now-dead American Health Care Act, tax cuts to the 400_ highest-income taxpayers would have averaged $7_million apiece. That $2.8_billion exceeds the total Obamacare subsidies to 813,000 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
▪ In his first nine weeks in office, President Trump has made 14 visits to his own golf courses— likely playing a round on 12 of those occasions. While campaigning, Trump repeatedly criticized President Obama for his time on the links, and said that if elected, “I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
▪ American kids used to start kindergarten at 5_years old, but a Stanford study has found that today about 20_percent of kindergartners are 6. Much of that change can be attributed to “redshirting”— competitive parents holding their kids back a year to give them an academic and physical advantage over their younger peers.