What We’re Following
Partisan Problems: A new report on the Twitter activity of Russian trolls illustrates the dangers of President Trump’s divisive rhetoric, writes Conor Friedersdorf. As Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party begins negotiations to form a coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, lawmakers must weigh a choice between conceding some party priorities and leaving room for the far right to rise. And in Kenya, communities are still reeling from last fall’s divisive election season, in which at least 92 opposition supporters were allegedly killed by police. Here’s one family’s story.
Executive Updates: CIA Director Mike Pompeo offered new details on the White House’s North Korea strategy, stating that the administration’s goal is to slow the country’s nuclear program rather than to fully roll it back (as President Trump has suggested). Trump himself reportedly scolded two cabinet members, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, for impulsiveness and poor dealmaking—qualities that critics have often attributed to Trump.
Patients’ Plight: Of the 98 women who testified last week at the sentencing hearings of Larry Nassar, the sports therapist who pled guilty to inappropriately touching patients at Michigan State University and on the U.S. Olympic team, several described having their concerns about Nassar dismissed by administrators.* Their experiences shed light on a twofold problem: In medical settings, women are often trusted too little, while doctors can be trusted too much. Meanwhile, advocates of reproductive rights are concerned that the Trump administration’s new directive on religious objections by health-care providers could give them too much leeway to refuse treatment to patients who need it.