What We’re Following
Election Day: Voters in Virginia, New Jersey, and several other states brought a wave of Democrats into office in Tuesday’s gubernatorial and legislative races. The results are being interpreted as a referendum on the Trump presidency—which, by a number of measures, hasn’t been going well. For the Democratic Party, the victories could foreshadow a path to regain control of Congress, though Republicans’ strong coalition of older, white, blue-collar voters will likely remain an obstacle in 2018. For all Americans, writes Eliot A. Cohen, the current political moment is a challenge to recover civic courage.
Crisis at Westminster: Chris Pincher, a conservative member of parliament, stepped down over allegations that he made an unwanted sexual advance toward a former Olympic rower, joining several British politicians who have been suspended amid the international outcry over sexual harassment. The U.K. secretary of state, Priti Patel, also resigned over a separate breach of the country’s ministerial code, leaving Prime Minister Theresa May with a seriously weakened government.
Health and Medicine: A new report finds that lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, may have caused a 58 percent increase in the fetal death rate among the city’s residents, as well as other long-term health effects for children. A short film about the heavily polluted city of Norilsk, Russia, provides a haunting look at life in a deadly industrial wasteland. New research on angioplasty—a common treatment for heart disease—suggests that the invasive procedure may not help patients as much as doctors previously believed. And a stem-cell treatment for a rare genetic skin disorder has saved one young boy’s life.