What We’re Following
Russian Repercussions: The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats on Monday in response to the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter on British soil, which many in the international community have accused Russia of perpetrating. (The Kremlin has denied the country’s involvement.) The expulsion, which marks a turning point in President Trump’s stance on Russia, is part of a unified international response that could seriously undermine Russian intelligence networks—but it may take different strategies to change the Kremlin’s ways.
Problems at the Top: William Strampel, the former Michigan State University dean who supervised the convicted serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, has been arrested on four charges, including criminal sexual conduct and willful neglect of duty, after allegations emerged that he sexually harassed several students. While Strampel is reportedly denying the charges, these revelations shed light on the institutional failures that could have allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue for so long.
Government Funds: The launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to succeed Hubble and has been in the works for two decades, has been pushed back a year over technical and testing issues. The project will likely require new funding authorization from Congress. And a series of extravagant expenditures by Cabinet secretaries seem to follow a tone set by Trump—and might result in new staffing changes.