Covered Bridge: Cecily Strong Hosting Press Dinner, Google’s New Service, and Suggestions for 2016


From Weekend Update to Washington

Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong will become the second woman to host the White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner in twenty years on Saturday. “Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. [She] grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago’s comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City,” WHCA President Christi Parsons said in a press release.

The evening’s popularity has been ascendant since Stephen Colbert delivered a legendary roast of George W. Bush in 2007. It’s also been an occaision the POTUS has seized upon to showcase his comedic chops. You can read more about Cecily Strong over at the New York Times.

Google Unveils new Wireless Phone Service: “Fi”

No, we’re not sure how to pronounce it either. The new service will feature ultra-low monthly costs, a pay as you go data plan and availability in most cities. For now, however, it seems the service will only be available on Google’s Nexus 6 phone. You may be wondering how it’s possible that Google sprung up a national wireless coverage network overnight. They haven’t. Service will alternate between the stronger T-Mobile or Sprint network depending on location. From VentureBeat:

Sprint and T-Mobile are the national carriers that have the least to lose from letting Google use their networks — and possibly take some of their subscribers — as the two have long trailed far behind market leaders AT&T and Verizon by subscriber count.

That is crazy. Plans are available by invitation only for now.

Suggestions For a Better Election

For one writer, the 2016 Election just isn’t doing it for him. Read George Packer’s article over at the New Yorker, where he writes “the language of politics stays the same, and it is a dead language”. It’s not all critical cynicism. Packer ends the story with some suggestion on how our electoral system can get its groove back. No matter your party affiliation, you’re going to find something to agree with.





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