High-Stakes Summit: South Korean President Moon Jae In came to Washington to meet with President Trump in preparation for the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That summit is planned for June 12, but both Kim and Trump have now suggested it may not happen. With his own negotiations with Kim hanging in the balance, Moon has an urgent stake in ensuring it does.
Around the White House: Many of Trump’s Republican allies have argued that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is overstepping his mandate to investigate Russian election interference by looking into the business dealings of Trump and his associates. Yet the transactions that have been reported so far are concerning enough to merit their own congressional probe, Conor Friedersdorf argues. What should happen if such a probe’s findings justify impeachment? Two constitutional scholars explain why removing a president from office would be a dangerous move.
Amid such buzz, it can be tempting to get lost in the intensity of her short life, and to lapse into autobiographical analyses of The Bell Jar without also considering the literary traditions Plath sought to engage in her work. Fortunately, Plath’s undergraduate thesis … provides a clear outline of these influences on her novel—and helps to illuminate how the author used cultural anxieties surrounding race and sexuality to convey her protagonist’s deeply fractured sense of self.
Our partner site CityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Gracie McKenzie shares today’s top stories:
Tokyo is home to the world’s busiest train stations, with rail operators handling a combined 13 billion passenger trips a year. Beneath the bustle, unobtrusive design features subtly manipulate passengers’ behavior to keep things running smoothly.
Like other growing desert burgs, St. George, Utah, grapples with water-supply issues. But the challenge here is unique: An average resident uses more than twice as much water as the average citizen of Los Angeles. Why?
In our April issue, Michael Gerson questioned why America’s evangelical community has thrown its support behind Donald Trump in spite of his apparent violations of Christian values. That topic resonated with Brad Weisman of Lynchburg, Virginia, who describes himself as “a recent ex-evangelical”:
Growing up, I was taught conservative beliefs and values by my parents, whom I deeply love and respect. I learned to value biblical morality, human life, marriage, and faith in God, and to believe in the transformative power of Christ. During the 2016 campaign, when the president of my university, Jerry Falwell Jr., endorsed a man who has lived in complete and unapologetic opposition to all the things I had been taught to value, I questioned my religion, I questioned my faith, and I questioned my God.