What We’re Following
Administration Mysteries: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down several weeks ahead of his planned retirement, which was expected in March. Though it’s not yet clear what prompted the change, it may come as welcome news to President Trump, who has attacked McCabe on Twitter and indicated that he distrusts him. The abrupt exit comes in the midst of heated controversy over a memo authored by Representative Devin Nunes, which reportedly argues that the Justice Department may have obtained an improper warrant to surveil Carter Page, one of the president’s campaign advisers. And that controversy, in turn, is overshadowed by Nunes’s history.
The Taliban: At least 95 people were killed and over 150 were wounded in a suicide bombing by Taliban militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. The group’s continued violence presents a formidable obstacle to America’s strategy in Afghanistan—which, a new book documents, has also long been undermined by its dependence on help from Islamabad.
At the Grammys: The rapper Kendrick Lamar gave voice to black Americans’ rage and grief in his opening performance Sunday night, while the pop singer Kesha commented on the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment with an emotional performance addressed to a person who had harmed her. Ultimately, though, the awards show recognized work that was not politically charged, but traditional, with Bruno Mars’s nostalgic pop sweeping the biggest honors of the night.