What We’re Following
Facebook Face-Off: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, appeared before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on a day of testimony that showed the limits of the senators’ ability to press him for answers. One of the major issues discussed was Facebook’s handling of a data breach by the political-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which affected an estimated 87 million people. Here’s how to find out whether you were among them.
High-Stakes Raid: Federal agents raided the home, hotel room, and office of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, on Monday. Experts say that such a move would have required extremely strong evidence against Cohen. For his part, Trump described the situation as a “witch hunt.” His comments appeared to criticize the rule of law itself, and marked a reversal of his past rhetoric on due process and criminal justice.
Health Crisis: A new report adds insight into the rising number of early deaths among Americans, pointing to a striking gap in life expectancy among different states. In the states where the death rate of young and middle-aged adults increased, opioids were among the major factors. The makers of the painkiller OxyContin have recently come under scrutiny for the drug’s role in the crisis. A few members of the family that owns companies associated with OxyContin’s manufacturer have tried to distance themselves from its profits—but a court document appears to contradict some of their claims.