What We’re Following
No Man Is a Fortress: Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, stepped down today following a scandal over his involvement with a pro-Russian political regime in Ukraine. Manafort, a 40-year campaign veteran, was once expected to make Trump’s operation more professional; now, it’s up to Trump himself, along with his new campaign chiefs Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, to avoid crashing and burning amid poor polling. Yet Trump’s hiring of Breitbart News producer Bannon and former Fox News head Roger Ailes suggests a different long-term plan: Could a Trump News Channel be in the works?
A Heated Debate Over Muslim Garb: The city of Nice has become the latest French municipality to ban the Burqini—a full-length swimsuit that some Muslim women wear—following a spate of terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State over the past year. Meanwhile, Germany’s interior minister is calling for a ban on burqas and other religious face coverings, claiming that such veils do not “fit in with our open society”—though it’s not clear that such a ban would be constitutional.
Inglorious Athletes: The strange saga of the four American swimmers who claimed they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio is over, now that the last Olympian has revised his statement to Brazilian authorities and agreed to donate $10,800 to charity to get his passport back. Apparently, rather than being robbed, the gold medalists vandalized a gas station and were threatened by armed security guards. While Ryan Lochte apologized for his role in the scandal, calling the gas station incident “traumatic,” the embarrassed U.S. Olympic Committee issued a statement saying that the swimmers’ behavior was unacceptable. It could be worse, though—at least the athletes didn’t cheat by riding out part of a marathon in the back of a truck, as one American would-be gold medalist did in 1904.