What We’re Following
Trump’s Big Move: The president officially announced the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as well as his intention to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. The decision, which could spark unrest and hamper peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, is highly controversial, although it is unlikely to anger America’s Arab allies much. Trump may have timed the announcement to distract from domestic political problems. He may even be provoking Muslim violence in order to use it as a political tool. Gary M. Burge, a conservative evangelical Christian, argues that the embassy move is misguided, but Einat Wilf, a former member of the Israeli Knesset, argues that it’s only logical—and, what’s more, that it’s a necessary step toward peace.
Franken’s Future: Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and several other Democratic women senators led their colleagues in calling for Minnesota Senator Al Franken to resign after more allegations emerged from women who said he sexually harassed them. Adding to these stories, the writer Tina Dupuy shares her own experience with Franken: “He wanted to cop a feel and he demonstrated he didn’t need my permission.”
The Distant Past: Astronomers have discovered the most distant supermassive black hole yet. It’s 13 billion light-years away, meaning the image that scientists now see of the quasar that surrounds the black hole is from a time when galaxies were only just beginning to take shape. And a swimming, fish-eating species of dinosaur has been newly identified; it looks so strange that scientists initially thought it was a fake.