Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by airplane GIFs. I just surprised my whole family and showed up in Arizona for the weekend. I’m real jazzed about my Alaska Airlines cheese plate tomorrow on my way home.

We’ve got Trump (when do we not?,) Mining Projects, Innovation and Budgets in this issue of the Morning Buzz.

Right Now w/ Kylie Bayer-Fertterer (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – The sounds of my nephew shrieking and running around my parent’s house.

What I’m Reading – The Handmaid’s Tale

What I’m Watching – Rare footage of me and my sister clubbing in Phoenix from Saturday night.

What I Want to Know from You – Do enjoy the Alaska Airlines cheese plate as much as I do?


Trump Revealed Intelligence Secrets to Russians in Oval Office: Allied relationships may be on the line as US President Trump disclosed classified information with Russian Officials. One White House official described Trump as having “no filter.”



50 Nifty

Why Le Pen Stumbled Where Trump Soared: A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of nationalism. For now, though, it’s mostly just that: a specter. It hasn’t been able to move beyond its phantasmological form and actually take power outside of Hungary and Poland. Everywhere else on the continent, mainstream parties have managed to keep the new, old breed of rabidly right-wing nationalists from taking the reins of government the past decade. How have they done this, even in the aftermath of the worst financial crisis in 80 years?

The 25 Best Examples of Innovative Government Programs: The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recently announced the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition, including the seven finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 17 in Cambridge.

Gentrification  Doesn’t Mean Diversity: A historically black D.C. neighborhood markets its diversity to lure Millennials. But what happens when the new arrivals never interact with the longtime residents?

Trump Hasn’t Diminished America’s Faith in Elections, But He Has Polarized It: Pick a random person out of the phone book, and there’s a better chance he or she will get struck by lightning than commit voter fraud. That didn’t stop President Trump from launching a commission on “election integrity” on Thursday. It’s only the latest Trump move that casts doubt on the trustworthiness of the U.S. electoral system.

How Melissa McCarthy Came To Sean Spicer on TV: By the time Melissa McCarthy hosted this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” she had already become a highly anticipated presence on the show for one reason: “Spicey.”

10 Ways Data Can Make Government Better: The Operational Excellence in Government project seeks to share ideas for improving performance across a wide range of government functions.

The Worst Thing Poor Whites Are Inheriting Could Be a Lack of Hope: Inequality between the rich and poor in the United States is not just about the dollars and cents in people’s bank accounts. Sometimes, the more powerful factor in people’s futures is not how much money they grew up with, but the expectations they were taught to have.

How Not to Prepare for the Self-Driving Revolution: While some states are tightening regulations on autonomous vehicles, others are eagerly courting them. What’s the smartest approach?

Top 20 U.S. Counties by Budget – And Their CIO’s: After looking last week at the top 20 municipal budgets in the U.S., we decided to present the equivalent numbers for the other major category of local government as well: the county.

Local Government Confidential

Michigan State Park Beaches Where Dogs Are Allowed: If you want to bring your dog to the beach with you but aren’t sure where the most pet-friendly stretches of shoreline are, here’s a good list to get you started.

The Worst Part of Keeping a Secret: I just kept a secret from my family, I surprised them this weekend in AZ for Mother’s Day. It was STRESSFUL! It’s not that stressful to hide something from people, but it is stressful to think about it all the time.

Has Placemaking Become Cliché? There’s very little that differentiates proposals by four distinguished planning and design firms to better connect my university to its immediate neighborhood and the wider city. Why is that, and does it have to be that way?