What We’re Following
Around the White House: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and envoy for peace in the Middle East, gave his first interview with a Palestinian newspaper over the weekend, revealing an optimism that critics say suggests “he is living in a fantasy world.” For the past week, the Trump administration has faced a storm of controversy over its immigration policy. David Graham offers a possible explanation for the president’s actions: “Maybe the truth is that Trump keeps creating crises because he needs them.”
In Silicon Valley: The region that’s now known as the epicenter of the tech industry is also home to many ordinary working- and middle-class families—some of whom are being priced out of the area. Though some tech companies have sought to alleviate the affordable-housing crisis, not all their efforts are helping. The rapid growth of Amazon’s retail business has led the company to pay hundreds of independent contractors to deliver packages from their own cars through the Flex program. The Atlantic staff writer Alana Semuels tried it out to see what the experience is like for drivers. Here’s what she found.
In Saudi Arabia: The country’s ban on woman drivers was lifted this weekend, marking a major step toward gender equality. Yet a recent crackdown on women’s-rights activists raises questions about whether Saudi Arabia is truly ready for change. Manal al-Sharif, a woman who was arrested for driving in 2011, shares her story and her hopes for the future.