Comey’s Replacement: The Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as director of the FBI in a 92-5 vote. Replacing James Comey, Wray will oversee the bureau’s involvement in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference. President Trump was accused of obstruction of justice for firing Comey, and he continues to be criticized for meddling with the investigation. Last night, it was revealed that he dictated his son Donald Trump Jr.’s initial, misleading statement about his June 2016 meeting with a lawyer claiming to offer Russian government help for the Trump campaign—a gaffe that could be damaging regardless of whether it’s an attempted cover-up.
Health Care: Though the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare has failed, Trump may still attempt to undermine the law this week by stopping the subsidies it provides to insurers. Few lawmakers support the move, which could severely destabilize markets, but even GOP leaders may not be able to stop the president. On the other hand, David Frum writes, Trump was uniquely positioned to guide his party away from its commitment to the unpopular repeal legislation—but instead, he continued to push for a deal that ultimately failed.
Nobody pegged her for greatness at first. A psychology professor, Maria Lopez-Moreno recalls [Mai-Ling] Garcia sitting in the midst of a lecture hall, fiddling constantly with a cream-colored scarf. Then something started to catch. After a spirited discussion about the basis for criminal behavior, Lopez-Moreno took this newcomer aside after class and asked: “Why are you here?”
Garcia blurted out a tangled story of marrying a Marine right after high school, seeing him head off to Iraq, and not knowing what to do next. Lopez-Moreno couldn’t walk away. “I said to myself: ‘Uh-oh. I’ve got to suggest something to her.’” At her professor’s urging, Garcia applied for a place in Mt. San Jacinto’s honors program—and began to thrive.
Keep reading here, as Anders explains why liberal arts aren’t just an elite course of study.
America’s smaller cities are winning people back with an explosion of new residential and entertainment options. Now they need to get serious about private-sector job growth—and tech isn’t the silver bullet.
As Sophie Gilbert writes, a new study argues that the increase in internet searches for suicide after Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why was released suggests that the controversial show—which experts criticized for its portrayal of a high-school student who took revenge on bullies by killing herself—could have had a contagious effect in terms of suicide attempts and ideation. One reader is skeptical:
It’s okay for people to read articles about suicide and talk about suicide—it can alleviate feelings of isolation around having suicidal feelings and thoughts. It’s time to end the social taboo around talking about suicide.
Talking about suicide is fine, but the show intensely dramatizes the martyr mentality involved in so many suicides, which is extremely dangerous for children already suffering from mental-health issues.
And a third reader points out a possible source of the conflict:
If raising awareness was the goal, it was achieved. However, 13 Reasons wasn’t actually addressed to the potentially suicidal; it was addressed to bullies.
Read more on 13 Reasons Why here, and go here to read about an ambitious new approach to suicide prevention.
Happy birthday to Bob’s wife, Judy (18 years older than the Voting Rights Act); to Veronica (twice the age of websites); to Steph (a year younger than color TV); to Hini’s daughter (twice the age of Spotify); to Lucetta (twice the age of test-tube babies); to Anthony (the same age as Rihanna); to Karen’s husband, Norm (a year younger than the atomic bomb); and to Cathy’s daughter, Rebecca (who was born around the time President Richard Nixon resigned).
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