What We’re Following
In Government: Amid reports of tension between himself and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump called on Twitter for a Senate investigation into “Fake News Networks,” a request that in context amounted to calling for censorship of unflattering stories. House Republicans took the first step toward enacting their plans for tax reform by passing a budget. And the Department of Justice announced it would no longer interpret Title VII to prohibit workplace discrimination based on gender identity—reversing the Obama administration’s policy since 2014, and setting the stage for a fight over transgender rights that could reach the Supreme Court.
Artists Honored: The British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was named the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Committee cited his achievement of revealing “the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”—work he accomplished, according to a 2014 essay, in part by giving himself the freedom to write badly. And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced an eclectic list of nominees for 2018, including Bon Jovi, Radiohead, and—for the first time—Nina Simone.
Kids in Need: A new report finds that the U.S. child-poverty rate fell to a record low in 2016, with 15.6 percent of kids—about 11.5 million—living in impoverished households. Nationwide, the rate has declined by nearly half since 1967, primarily thanks to government programs and policies like food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. But for the more than 200,000 K-12 students in California who lack stable housing, poverty remains a major stumbling block to attending and succeeding in school.