What We’re Following
Russian Relations: The Washington Post reports today that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week. The president was apparently boasting that “people brief me on great intel every day.” Some Republican senators are already defending the president, though others are expressing concern. As the story develops, you can find the latest coverage on our Politics page.
Foreign Relations: Over the weekend, North Korea successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile—the country’s best-performing weapons technology so far, according to experts. The White House is calling for increased UN sanctions in response. The U.S. also accused the Syrian government of building a crematorium outside the infamous Saydnaya military prison in order to hide the evidence of mass executions. As for U.S. allies: The crown prince of the United Arab Emirates visited the White House today, as the Trump administration works to strengthen America’s partnership with the UAE.
Race Relations: The Supreme Court declined to review the strict North Carolina voter-ID law that lower courts found to be racially discriminatory, putting an end to the law for now. In Florida, lawmakers issued a historic apology to the families of the Groveland Boys, four black men who were falsely accused of raping a white woman 68 years ago. But racism in the U.S. is more than just a historical legacy: In a feature story for our June 2017 issue, Graeme Wood describes how his high-school classmate Richard Spencer became an icon for today’s white supremacists.