What We’re Following
Trump’s Troubles: With all Washington eyes turned to his mood in the wake of federal convictions for two of his former associates, Donald Trump denounced the court proceedings as a “RIGGED WITCH HUNT” and praised Paul Manafort for refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. Trump is used to a business environment in which white-collar crime is rarely prosecuted. But now, as president, experts say he faces a long and rocky legal road. Franklin Foer and David A. Graham discuss what’s next for Trump on the latest episode of Radio Atlantic.
Calls to Arms: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly considering a proposal to allow states to arm and train teachers through a federally funded grant program—even though Congress opposes the idea of giving teachers guns. And while police-reform advocates have criticized the use of heavy weaponry by local officers, a researcher’s quest to understand the effects of such militarization reveals a striking lack of usable data about police activities.
Battles About Sexes: Amid scientific controversy over whether different personality traits can be associated with gender, one new study suggests that such differences might be more pronounced in countries with more gender equality. Meanwhile, a variety of American English speakers are trying to reduce their use of the plural pronoun “guys” in favor of more gender-neutral language. The question is, what’s the best word to replace it?