What We’re Following
New Nominee: President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is Brett Kavanaugh, a judge in the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals with a notable body of work related to executive power. While Kavanaugh was considered the most conventional candidate on the president’s shortlist, he’ll face an intense confirmation battle,in which Senate Democrats may pressure him to give a specific answer about whether he’d vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. For their part, Republican leaders have welcomed Trump’s choice—suggesting that, as one GOP operative told The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott, “as long as he sticks to safe picks for scotus, he’ll never really lose the support and money of the party.”
North Korea: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to North Korea didn’t make much headway toward stopping the country’s nuclear program. Pompeo called his conversations with Kim Jong Un “productive,” while North Korea called the United States’ demand for denuclearization “gangsterlike.” Soon, Uri Friedman writes, the two countries will come to a moment of truth about whether that goal is really achievable.
Good News: A rare and dangerous rescue effort succeeded in bringing 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach safely back from a flooded cave, where they’d been trapped for more than two weeks. English soccer fans are experiencing an unfamiliar moment of hope after an unexpected victory brought their team to the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years. And nasa has recorded the plasma waves between Saturn and its icy moon Enceladus, which sound to human ears like eerie music.