What We’re Following
Shifting Loyalties: Michael Cohen, the former attorney and fixer for Donald Trump, has hinted that he may be willing to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a probe of the president’s personal business dealings—a marked change from past comments in which he swore he’d never turn on Trump. While Cohen wouldn’t be the first former adviser to distance himself from the president, Trump has gained support from several of his former GOP critics. At the Florida Republican Party’s Sunshine Summit this past weekend, a wide range of conservative speakers repeatedly praised the president.
The Supreme Court: Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement plans, announced last week, have raised many questions about the Supreme Court’s future stance on reproductive rights, among other issues. On the one hand, Kennedy’s recent conservative rulings preview how the Court might operate without him; on the other hand, the Court’s recent decisions favoring Big Business appear to transcend political ideology. As Congress gears up for a fight over Trump’s next nominee, Bob Bauer, the former White House counsel for Barack Obama, offers a plan for how to end the judicial-confirmation wars.
Global Politics: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the socialist former mayor of Mexico City, won the presidency in Mexico’s election on Sunday. France honored the life of the late Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor and former health minister whose vision of Europe is now under threat. And North Korea is reportedly continuing its nuclear activities, but it’s not clear whether the country is doing so in violation of Kim Jong Un’s agreement with Trump.