What We’re Following
The President and the Probe: President Trump is reportedly close to firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein—a move that could test the purpose and principles of American law enforcement, Benjamin Wittes argues. A lawyer who served on the Watergate Task Force says Trump’s actions seem to echo Richard Nixon’s in the lead-up to the Saturday Night Massacre, when the president sought to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. If Trump’s goal is to end the probe into Russian interference with his 2016 presidential campaign, firing Rosenstein isn’t likely to solve his problems.
Affairs of State: CIA Director Mike Pompeo faced the Senate in his confirmation hearing to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Uri Friedman breaks down the most revealing part of the testimony. If confirmed, Pompeo could spell new relevance for the Republican foreign-policy establishment. His hearing comes at a time when Trump’s views on military intervention in Syria are rapidly evolving. The conflict in the country, where Israel and Iran are closing in on a clash, is growing ever more complicated.
Internet Safety: A letter sent to Congress by the Vietnam Veterans of America organization and obtained by The Atlantic says that at least two Facebook pages operated by foreign actors are still targeting veterans with politically divisive content, even though Facebook was made aware of the pages as early as August 2017. And as American kids spend more and more time online, the regulations that exist to protect them—whether from data collection or from disturbing content—don’t always line up with the realities of the internet landscape.