What We’re Following
Disaster Prep: Hurricane Irma tested the new guiding philosophy that the National Weather Service has developed in the past few years: Not only does the agency predict weather disasters, it also works actively with local and state governments to prepare for them. But as ongoing climate change is expected to lead to more historic weather events, more preparations will be needed. Coastal cities may need to fully rethink their infrastructures to withstand high winds and flooding—let alone the pollutants that could be unleashed if hazardous waste sites are hit by hurricanes.
You’re Not Fired: President Trump’s lawyers have reportedly encouraged him to fire his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner over Kushner’s connections with Russia, but the president remains reluctant to see Kushner as a liability. Meanwhile, the president’s preparing to fill the chair and a few other seats on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors over the next several months—and could reshape U.S. monetary policy in the process.
Executive Breakage: Just how much impact has Trump had on American institutions during his first tumultuous months in office? The newly released cover stories for our October issue offer an assessment. Jack Goldsmith argues that while constitutional checks and balances remain strong, Trump risks doing long-term damage to the norms that support presidential authority. Eliot A. Cohen points out a decline in the nation’s global status. And Ta-Nehisi Coates takes stock of how Trump’s rise fits in America’s racial history. Read the full report here, check out all the stories in our new issue here.