What We’re Following
Immigration Debate: German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a last-minute immigration deal with her interior minister, averting a crisis that could have brought down her coalition government. But the question of how to handle asylum-seekers isn’t fully resolved. Germany’s new agreement depends on Austria’s cooperation, and Sebastian Kurz, the latter country’s 31-year-old chancellor, is using migration issues to shape the whole European Union’s agenda.
The Executive Branch: Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly moving to rescind seven guidance memos that encourage schools to use affirmative action to increase the racial diversity of their student bodies. Combined with the departure of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who previously upheld affirmative action, that decision could change how America’s campuses look. As backlash continues over his immigration policies, President Trump has tweeted messages about the role of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fighting the MS-13 gang. These messages appear to stretch the truth about both the gang and the agency. Here’s what ICE actually does.
With Liberty and Justice for All: On Wednesday, Americans will celebrate the birth of the United States, its complicated history, and its democratic ideals. In the years after the Civil War, African Americans in the South claimed July 4 as a holiday to celebrate black freedom—but in the Jim Crow era, segregationist policies stifled their gatherings. In a new animation, Matthew Stewart describes how aristocracies throughout history—including the American elite—have kept their hold on power by pitting the lower classes against one another.