Trump’s Russian Connection: Just how closely is Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, tied to Vladimir Putin? Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that Manafort received $12.7 million in secret payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. The news broke on the eve of a foreign-policy speech from Trump, in which he made vague revisions to his proposed immigration ban and blustered about Iraq’s oil.
Violence in Wisconsin: Protests in Milwaukee over the officer-involved shooting death of a black man, who was armed and running away from police, turned violent on Saturday night as crowds threw rocks and set fire to buildings. In the aftermath, Milwaukee’s police chief said an investigation would take place, and readers debated the causes of both the shooting and the protests and rioting that followed.
Fear Itself:There’s no way for the U.S. to stop every terror attack, argues libertarian journalist Katherine Mangu-Ward, and the considerable funds the government has devoted to national security could be better spent improving citizens’ lives in other ways. Around the world, governments from France to Israel are taking a similar stance, seeing terrorism not as an existential threat to be stamped out at all costs, but simply as a danger to be dealt with. Like learning to live with the threat of hurricanes or traffic fatalities, learning to live with terrorism allows countries to develop better systems for prevention and recovery—and in the long run, that lessens terrorists’ power.
Keep it legal: “If our clients were doing what the police are doing, it’d be called robbery.” —James King, a public defender in Washington, D.C., on property seizures
Keep on track: “You don’t just go up to a random mountain and start digging. You go up to the ones that are most promising.” —Martin Elvis, an astronomer, on the search for natural resources in space
Keep it real: “What you don’t see from Chevrolet is a lot of CGI wizbangery. We are about real things. But it has to be dramatic!” —Steve Majoros, the marketing director of Chevrolet, on the company’s ads
On January 2, [1957, Jack] Nickerson had spent the morning in an interrogation room lying to [Army inspector general David] Ogden. At 41, Nickerson had the owlish and benign look of a small-town schoolteacher—tall and lanky with round tinted eyeglasses and a gently receding hairline. When Ogden passed him the leaked document, Nickerson hesitated, then prevaricated.
“It may well have been transmitted to the enemy,” Ogden told him. “Whoever wrote it might find himself charged with espionage.”
Nickerson was befuddled: “How could that possibly be true?”
“You will find out,” Ogden said. Ogden had other interrogations scheduled, and Nickerson agreed to report back at 3 o’clock that afternoon.
Three o’clock came and went. Nickerson didn’t show. Casual passersby never ambled down the Nickerson family’s rustic road. In one direction, it dead-ended at the arsenal’s bombing range, and in the other, it ran into the reservoir, where a military-police boat patrol was stationed. So Nickerson knew what to expect when he heard unannounced visitors at his door. An M.P. burst into the house and put him under arrest.
I lived in Portland in the 1970s and have a child who lives there now. Urban renewal was not motivated by race; it was motivated by money. If you lived in a cute or interesting neighborhood and someone with more money came along and wanted to live there too, they got to stay and you had to go.
I had to leave Portland because I did not have the money or the job to stay. I had lived there for four years. The first year I lived within six blocks of the medical school, but by my last year of living in “Portland,” I lived in Tigard. I could have either lived in Tigard or I could have lived in Gresham. I was not pushed out of the downtown area because of my race; I was pushed out because of money.
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On this day in 1771, the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott was born. As one Atlantic critic wrote, with his sweeping historical romances, “he took a whole century and packed it full of living people” (September 1880 issue). Immensely popular as both a poet and a novelist, Scott “attacked the public twice over … and tackled it both times easily” (November 1904). Meanwhile, in his journals, he displayed “a fine dignity as of a man who had a serene consciousness of his own worth, social and personal, which needed no demonstration to himself or to others” (February 1891).