What You Missed: Verizon Goes All In, Flynn Out, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

Verizon is jumping aboard the unlimited data plan train, replacing some of its higher-data options with an unlimited plan for $80. Both T-Mobile and Sprint announced unlimited plans late last year; AT&T offers unlimited data to people who also sign up for DirecTV. 

But don’t go changing your cell phone plan just yet: The average person uses only about 4GB per month. And even if you go over, an extra gigabyte usually costs just $15. Read the story from The AP. 

General Mike Flynn Resigns

President Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, Mike Flynn, was in the hot seat for discussing U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador in January, before President Trump took office. And that’s illegal. 

Now he’s been asked to resign — which isn't the first time — prompted by an "erosion of trust," rather than the fact that he did something illegal. 

And there’s a list of people standing in line to replace him. 

Democrats asked for a full investigation into the scandal (read their letter here), but the request was denied. Read Flynn’s resignation letter. 

Naked and Not Afraid

After taking a year off from showing nude pictures in its magazine, Playboy has had a change of heart. Read the story from The AP. 

Westminster Show

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A German Shepherd named Rumor pulled out a win in the herding group. But dogs aren’t the only winners at this year’s show. Read the story from The AP. 

What Book You Missed

Fun fact: It was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Sunday. Even funner fact: George Saunders’ much-anticipated first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, came out today. Perhaps the funnest fact: The audiobook version of the novel features over 160 voice actors — an individual actor for each character — and features the voices of award-winning actors and musicians, like Nick Offerman, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, and many more. 

Still not convinced? Saunders is the most celebrated short story writer in America, best known for the award-winning Tenth of December. This debut novel wrestles with a little-known tragedy that befell one of the nation’s best-known presidents: the death of Lincoln’s young son. With terrific humanity, humor, and honesty, Sanders grapples with the biggest questions of our history, and of ourselves. Still not sold? We guarantee somebody will be talking about this at the next cocktail party you attend.


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