What We’re Following
Toronto’s Aftermath: At least 10 people were killed and 14 others wounded on Monday when a van drove into a crowd on Yonge Street, a busy thoroughfare in Toronto. While investigators suspect the driver was part of a misogynistic online movement known as “incel” (short for “involuntarily celibate”), he used a method that’s often associated with the Islamic State, illustrating what Graeme Wood describes as “the virality of technique.” As vehicular attacks spread, here’s how cities are trying to protect themselves.
State Visit: French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, D.C., this week for the first formal state visit to be hosted by President Trump. Though Trump and Macron have a friendly relationship, they have very different views on international cooperation: Trump believes nations should put their own interests first, while Macron believes they have a responsibility to consider the world’s shared welfare. Now, with Macron joining other European leaders in an effort to persuade Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, these two attitudes are coming to a head.
Jackson’s Ills: The Senate confirmation hearing for Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the White House physician and Trump’s nominee for veterans affairs secretary, has been postponed amid allegations against Jackson that include overprescribing medications, drinking on the job, and creating a hostile work environment. Jackson had received very little vetting from the Trump administration before he was nominated, and already faced criticism over his lack of administrative experience. Though the allegations of misconduct are unproven, the president expressed misgivings about Jackson’s confirmation process, stating that “I don’t think personally he should do it.”