Trump vs. Bannon: President Trump is now threatening lawsuits over the inflammatory interviews his former aide Steve Bannon gave to the journalist Michael Wolff. Bannon's harsh critique risks cutting him off from the base of support he shares with the president, making it hard to discern why he chose to split so dramatically from Trump. (Conor Friedersdorf posits six possible motivations.) But as James Fallows writes, the version of Trump that Wolff’s book portrays—an unstable and ill-prepared president—has been an open secret to political leaders. Why won’t they do something about it?
Economic Efforts: The U.S. inflation rate looks poised to rise above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2 percent in 2018, and if it does, it’s likely to stimulate economic growth. But as workers continue to confront the changes wrought by technology and globalization, efforts to diversify their skills may not succeed in keeping them in the workforce. Lolade Fadulu explores why America’s worker-retraining programs have repeatedly failed, and why future plans need to pay more attention to employers.
How do you rehabilitate a religion that’s been singled out for such intense trauma and displacement?
The encounter with ISIS dramatically accelerated changes that had been creeping up on the long-persecuted religious group over decades. It exacerbated tensions between the need to preserve tradition and the need to modernize. It necessitated innovations in the Yezidi religion, such as an exception, for the women who managed to escape from ISIS captivity, to the rules against marrying outside the faith. It gave Yezidis a stronger sense of religious identification over ethnic Kurdish identification. And it required thousands of Yezidis to take their customs into exile—which inevitably involves adapting them.
The near-defeat of the Islamic State was one of the Trump administration’s key foreign-policy successes of 2017. But the strategic ambiguities that helped propel the U.S. campaign forward are likely to bring new risks of confrontation with counterterrorism allies as the fight winds down. For Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who declared “final victory” over ISIS in his country last month, addressing political and military threats inside and outside Iraq remains an ongoing challenge.
Can you remember the key facts from this week’s global coverage? Test your knowledge below:
1. The U.S. nuclear launch codes are nicknamed the “football” because of their role in a plan for nuclear war, which was code-named ____________.
Our partner siteCityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Gracie McKenzie shares three of today’s top stories:
Winter is tightening its icy talons on the East Coast this week with one of the most rapidly intensifying storms on record. Here are some tips for how to get through it.
Hospitality and domestic workers suffer staggering rates of sexual harassment and assault, but they are among the women largely omitted from the #MeToo movement—as well as from many federal protections. Go inside the local fight to change that.
If Houston planners and policy makers aren’t careful, a host of current policies might lead the post–Hurricane Harvey city to fall back into its old, sprawling ways. To rebuild better, officials should reconsider these three in particular.
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