What We’re Following
Updated at 7:15 p.m.
Space Time: Voting along party lines, the Senate confirmed Jim Bridenstine as the administrator of NASA, 15 months after his predecessor stepped down. Bridenstine, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma, has been criticized for his lack of scientific credentials, controversial statements about climate change, and alleged misuse of resources at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. His confirmation creates a new vacancy in the House ahead of November’s midterms.
Trump’s Troubles: The attorney general of New York has asked the state’s legislature to close a “double-jeopardy loophole” so that in the event President Trump tries to impede the Justice Department’s Russia probe by pardoning the people implicated, state prosecutors could pick up where federal prosecutors leave off. Amid the investigation of Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, numerous allies of the president have asserted that Cohen would never “turn on” Trump—yet their defenses presume that the president has something to hide. David Graham ponders what they might be thinking.
Cycling Suit: Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who was stripped of seven Tour de France victories in 2012 after an investigation concluded he and other members of the U.S. Postal Service team had used illegal performance-enhancing drugs, has settled a whistle-blower lawsuit for $5 million. The suit, filed by one of his former teammates, alleged that Armstrong’s doping while receiving USPS sponsorship money amounted to fraud of the federal government. Here’s what’s next for the man who brought him down.