Is It Just Us, Or Does The News Seem Especially Dystopian This Week?

  • THE AMAZON IS ON FIRE: No, not that one. The forest. And it's bad. The Amazon has been burning for roughly three weeks, and the fires were likely man-made, according to GQ.

  • BUYING GREENLAND: President Donald Trump said this week that he wants to buy Greenland from Denmark. On its face, it seems wild, right? Well, not so much, according to NPR. Trump isn't the only U.S. president to consider purchasing the country.

  • MARKET UPDATE: The markets slowed their roll this week, staying relatively stable as compared to last week's drop. In case you missed it, check out our guide to handling the recession. BuzzFeed News also had a helpful piece on it!

  • PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Planned Parenthood has stopped taking federal funding as the gag rule -- which would prevent the group from sharing information about abortions -- goes into effect, the LA Times reports.

  • WW: Weight Watchers' new app for children spurred this incredible New York Times opinion piece from Christy Harrison, which quotes friend of the newsletter Sophia Carter-Kahn.

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