What We’re Following
The New NSA: Trump’s decision to replace National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton has major implications for the president’s North Korea strategy. Bolton, who served in the Reagan and both Bush administrations, has been a foreign-policy hawk throughout his career. His regular appearances on Fox News might be one reason for the president’s choice—though the two men may not see eye-to-eye once Bolton takes office. As for McMaster, he now faces a choice about what details of his time in the Trump White House to make public.
Omnibus Business: Trump signed a spending bill that will fund the federal government through September—although he made clear in a speech that he did so reluctantly. The president had threatened to veto the bill over its failure to outline a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, among other issues. Indeed, writes Russell Berman, “Congress may have missed its best chance to act either on DACA or Obamacare before the November election.”
Tech Issues: SpaceX founder Elon Musk deleted several of his companies’ Facebook pages in protest of the data-collection practices revealed by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Although Facebook has acknowledged the political-consulting firm that obtained millions of users’ data as a bad actor, it’s addressed neither the wider implications nor the pervasiveness of data misuse. And the week’s other crisis in the tech world—the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle—suggests that the industry has even more to answer for.