What We’re Following
Presidential Messages: President Trump’s responses to the deaths of servicemembers are under scrutiny after he boasted he was more conscientious about calling grieving families than his predecessors; the family of La David Johnson, a soldier killed this month in Niger, says the president’s condolences were disrespectful and insensitive. Meanwhile, Trump is sending conflicting messages about a bipartisan health-care agreement aimed at stabilizing the Obamacare market: Though he initially seemed to praise the deal, he’s now tweeted that he can’t support it.
Foreign Policy: While some of Trump’s policies have been aimed at reversing Obama’s achievements overseas, he’s not to blame for all the developments undercutting the former president’s legacy. Take Burma: The Obama administration worked to encourage democratic developments there, but reduced international pressure may have emboldened the country’s military to turn back to its past of atrocities.
The Power of Information: In the wake of the allegations that the producer Harvey Weinstein abused multiple women over a period of decades, some right-wing pundits have accused the mainstream media of failing to expose Weinstein as a predator. But as Conor Friedersdorf writes, these pundits’ news organizations can’t replace the ones they critique. What enabled Weinstein’s abuse to continue? Nondisclosure agreements and other legal rules can discourage employees from speaking up about harassment, even when they’re protected by labor laws. Social media, though, can help raise awareness of the widespread problem of sexual assault—and in France, the Weinstein scandal has sparked a powerful conversation.