What We’re Following
Tariff Tales: President Trump announced a plan to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The stated goals are to protect American manufacturers from competition and reduce dependence on imported metals for security reasons. Yet the plan could backfire by raising consumer prices and threatening key alliances. The decision—which reportedly took many White House staffers by surprise—has illustrated the divisions and apparent confusion within the Trump administration.
The Battle Over Guns: Though America’s most recent mass shooting, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida, hasn’t yet led to significant policy action on guns, the response of corporations and the public suggests that it has prompted a cultural shift. That shift has some conservative leaders feeling that their right to bear arms is under siege—but gun-control advocates have never mounted an organized effort to change the Second Amendment, and they’re not likely to do so anytime soon.
Urban Tech: The ride-sharing company Uber is launching a service designed to help doctors and patients avoid the cost of missed appointments by letting medical offices book rides for patients in advance, even if the patients don’t have access to the Uber app. And the manufacturer of Vespa scooters is developing a fleet of personal cargo droids that would follow pedestrians with baggage for which they might otherwise need a car.