Price Cut: Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned over revelations that he’d mixed personal and professional travel, paying for private and military jets with more than $1 million in taxpayer money. The scandal contrasted poorly with President Trump’s campaign message of “draining the swamp,” and with Price's own vocal support for spending cuts. Meanwhile, despite Trump’s promises that his new tax plan would benefit low-income families and reduce the deficit, a new report from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center finds the exact opposite.
Safety and State: Trump has been praising his own administration’s disaster-response work in Puerto Rico, a reaction that many see as tone-deaf in light of the U.S. territory’s ongoing crisis following Hurricane Maria. Elsewhere, the State Department is withdrawing more than half its employees from the Cuban embassy after mysterious sonic attacks throughout the past year appeared to target the diplomats. Here’s what we know.
European Politics: French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party, La République En Marche, lost control of the country’s senate this week to the right-wing Les Républicains—a change that could halt Macron’s ambitious agenda if he’s not able to work with the opposition. In Germany, the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party has also gained new influence in parliament, and it did so with the help of an American partner: Harris Media, an advertising firm that’s worked on political campaigns for Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump.
Classroom projects like the 826CHI initiative strive to help students overcome those barriers, bringing kids from different worlds into one another’s lives, combining rigorous academic work with lessons in empathy. … But such experiments also risk pushing students to view sometimes-painful differences without the necessary tools to confront and understand them.
Keep reading here, as Simmons considers the benefits and risks of student-exchange programs.
What Do You Know … About Culture?
When you’re in the public spotlight, image matters. This became especially clear this week, as indelible photographs made their way around the internet of stars—both in the sports and music worlds—kneeling in support of NFL protests against racial injustice (and against President Trump’s insistence that such protests should be cause for firing). Megan Garber analyzed the larger role of imagery and how it has become its own form of resistance during the Trump administration. And photos of a different kind, those of the women who appeared in Playboy, came back into the cultural discourse with the news of Hugh Hefner’s death.
Can you remember the other key facts from this week’s culture coverage? Test your knowledge below:
1. It’s been ____________ years since Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered on E!
Russia! Live With Julia Ioffe and Eliot A. Cohen:According to the U.S. intelligence community, this much is settled fact: Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. But beyond that basic consensus, much remains unknown. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, recorded live at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in D.C., Atlantic staff writer Julia Ioffe and contributing editor Eliot Cohen join hosts Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson for a wide-ranging conversation about what Russia has wrought. Listen and subscribe here.
Hard to imagine an entire discussion on relationships within a marriage without a good deal of time spent on the emotional and physical energy it takes to raise children, which is emotional and physical energy that is, in essence, not available to one’s spouse. As a recent empty-nester, I can tell you that my relationship with my husband has improved exponentially since I no longer have to carry the mental burden of my children’s academic, social, and emotional temperature reading and/or remedies. And this is not to say that I didn’t love raising my kids or that my husband wasn’t deeply involved, just that it’s a shit-ton of work no matter how you slice it. All I can say is, empty-nesting has proven to be an amazing time to reconnect now that we have more time to devote to ourselves and each other. If you can hang in there for 20+ years, it can be very rewarding.
Happy birthday to Linda (a year younger than scuba gear); to Janice’s son Korey (twice the age of Amazon); to Kristy’s mother (a year younger than helicopters); to Mirla (twice the age of websites); to Rosie (the same age as CDs); to Micci’s daughter Micci (a year younger than VCRs); to Larry (twice the age of The Oprah Winfrey Show); to Vinny’s wife (born around the time Pioneer 11 reached Saturn); to Kay’s grandson James (a year younger than Harry Potter); to Michael (twice the age of Macintosh computers); to Rita’s daughter (a year younger than Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech); and to Ruthi (the same age as Bob Marley).
Tomorrow, happy birthday to Michael’s daughter-in-law Laura (twice the age of the International Space Station); to Yashvardhan’s mom (a year younger than Sesame Street); to Laura (the same age as the Voting Rights Act); from Susan to Nancy (the same age as Barack Obama); and to Layna’s son Nikolai (a year younger than the 24-hour news cycle).
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