What We’re Following
Manafort Flips: Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, has agreed to cooperate “fully, truthfully, and completely” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Franklin Foer outlines the several big mysteries of the Russia investigation that Manafort’s cooperation could help untangle.
Earth, Wind, and Fire: Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday as a Category 1 storm, but it is estimated to bring with it 18 trillion gallons of rain over the next few days. North of the storm, explosions erupted in dozens of homes across three towns in Massachusetts late Thursday night, with as many as 70 fires, explosions, and suspected gas leaks reported to state police—a scale “unprecedented in recent years.”
The Emmys: New shows like Atlanta, Killing Eve, Barry, and Succession defy classification. Looking ahead to the 2018 Emmy Awards on Monday, Sophie Gilbert writes that the Emmys are still trying to shove these complex shows into the square boxes of “comedy” or “drama.” Earlier this week, the singer John Legend got his EGOT—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—after winning a Creative Arts Emmy, making him the second black person ever to reach EGOT status. But don’t take Legend’s achievement as definitive evidence of racial progress in the American entertainment industry, John Vilanova warns.