Trump’s First 100 Days: Congress has averted a government shutdown just in time for Trump to hit a presidential milestone tomorrow. But that might not do much to ease the president’s stress: He’s accomplished little of what he promised by this point in his term, and lately, his public statements on Twitter and his administration’s activities have been frantic, pointing to a case of presidential status anxiety. So, how do we judge Trump’s early record, and what does it suggest he has in store for the country? Here’s all our coverage on the president’s first hundred days.
North Korea: In an interview with Reuters released last night, Trump said the U.S. “could end up having a major, major conflict” with the communist state, adding that “it’s very difficult” to address the situation diplomatically. Perhaps adding to the tension, North Korea launched a ballistic missile early Saturday morning (local time), which exploded seconds after takeoff. Thus far, the Trump administration’s policies on North Korea have been varied and vague, with the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alternating between tough words and calls for peaceful dialogue. As Peter Beinart argues, it wouldn’t just be dangerous for the U.S. to strike first—it would be immoral. Watch the video here.
World Democracy: An election in Macedonia turned violent yesterday when supporters of a conservative-nationalist, ethnic Macedonian party stormed the parliament building where an ethnic Albanian political opponent had just been elected speaker. In France, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is projected to lose the runoff round of the presidential election—but a new analysis suggests she’d have already won if France’s electoral system worked like America’s. As it is, the French election looks like one of a few signs that global politics are returning to normal after last year’s populist upsets. And in the U.S., voters in Louisiana are reckoning with Jim Crow’s legacy in a significant voting-rights lawsuit.
Although they were starkly different poets and people, they were just like and unalike enough to goad each other on. Lowell, often described as the leading poet of his generation, was a voluble Boston Brahmin given to what he called “enthusiasms,” symptoms that later elicited a diagnosis of manic depression, now known as bipolar disorder. As a student at Harvard, encouraged to uphold the Lowell name, he rebelled, and after two years he left to study poetry at Kenyon College. Bishop, by contrast, was an introverted, asthmatic all-but-orphan from Nova Scotia. Skeptical by nature, she was often slyly funny in her assessments of herself and others. While he wrote and rewrote copiously, she could take years to put words on the page.
Read more on the poetic pair here. Then, check out our staff recommendations for a couple of Bishop’s and Lowell’s poems.
What Do You Know?
1. According to research by the computer-security company Symantec, one in every ____________ emails sent in 2016 was malicious.
Happy birthday to Joan as well, who writes, “I was born into a world without TV.” But she’s never lived in a world without industrially sliced bread; check out that and more facts from her Life Timeline here.
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