Manafort’s Misstep: Federal prosecutors in Robert Mueller’s investigation say that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, who’s now awaiting trial for conspiracy and money-laundering charges, attempted to coach the testimony of one of his former associates. Legal experts say the alleged witness tampering is a puzzling move, as Manafort must have known that his communications were being monitored while he was under house arrest. Natasha Bertrand explains what he might have been thinking.
Campus Violence: A new school-safety commission chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will not focus on guns—the weapons used in several deadly school shootings this year—but on other sources of violence, according to DeVos’s testimony to senators. And a video game that simulates a school shooting was removed from online stores ahead of its release, following a massive backlash that illustrates a shift in the public’s perception of these events.
Maybe higher education has reached its peak. Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry—the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are now facing major budget cuts and the smaller, less-selective private colleges that have exorbitant sticker prices while the number of students enrolling in them declines.
Higher ed is often described as a bubble—and much like the housing market in 2008, the thought goes, it will ultimately burst. But what if it’s less of a sudden pop and more of a long, slow slide, and we are already on the way down?
Who cares for kids in the most difficult circumstances? Tragedies of all kinds—unemployment, incarceration, mental illness, and especially the opioid epidemic—have contributed to the growing number of children living with their grandparents, as their own parents become unable to raise them. Meanwhile, in a four-month investigation for ProPublica Illinois, Duaa Eldeib found that the state of Illinois holds hundreds of children in psychiatric hospitals for, in many cases, weeks or months longer than necessary. Doctors have deemed them ready to leave, but for those with serious mental-health issues, placing them elsewhere can be difficult.
Can you remember the other key facts from this week’s family coverage? Test your knowledge below:
1. Nationwide, the average length of stay for children who are hospitalized for psychiatric reasons is roughly ____________ days.
3. In a classic psychological study, researchers placed ____________ in front of young kids to test their capacity for “delayed gratification,” which the scientists argued was linked to later life successes.
For me, the critical element is not what will happen, but what might happen. We cannot know the first; we can be aware of the second, of the possibilities in the future produced by decisions we make now. Trump is surely doing damage to American relations with countries that have been our traditional friends and supports to American policy around the world. The damage is serious, and it is being inflicted carelessly, frivolously—which makes it even worse.
It is not, however, likely to lead to war.
War is a real possibility in our future relations with China.