What We’re Following
Syria Strikes: When the U.S. military, aided by Britain and France, struck three government targets in Syria on Friday, President Trump declared the three Western nations had “marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality.” Yet it’s not clear whether the retaliation against this month’s suspected chemical attack will prevent future atrocities—indeed, Eliot A. Cohen argues, it may have sent a worse message than doing nothing. Congress has not formally authorized the use of force against Syria. And Trump himself, David Frum worries, may be too distracted by his own legal troubles to navigate the tangled web of conflicts in Syria.
Attorney–Client Problems: As federal prosecutors investigate Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, the president has responded not only with blustering tweets, but also with legal demands—suggesting he’s even more worried about probes into his business activities than he is about the Russia investigation. And the Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed to have sought legal advice from Cohen, raising numerous ethical questions about his journalism, as well as his network’s relationships with the president.
Border History: As the Supreme Court prepares for oral arguments in the case over Trump’s “travel ban” on six Muslim-majority countries, Garrett Epps looks back at similar restrictions from throughout American history. On the latest episode of Radio Atlantic, Alex Wagner discusses the complex narratives of immigration and identity embodied in her own family history.