What We’re Following
Views on Kavanaugh: The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process is getting politically uglier by the day. The president of Georgetown Prep, where Kavanaugh went to high school, published a letter to the wider community, acknowledging a “challenging time” but defending the school as a “wonderful place.” Meanwhile, here’s what real teens in the U.S. think of the assault allegations: “They just keep saying ‘Boys will be boys.’ But I’m in high school—I don’t want that to happen to me.”
Leaks and Memos: Did the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein talk seriously about recording President Donald Trump, or about invoking the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove him from office? Or was he being sarcastic when he reportedly made those remarks? David A. Graham sorts through the flurry of reporting on Friday over who said what, and who stands to gain from leaking these revelations.
Unwitting Medical Responders: As America’s opioid crisis rages on, people are overdosing in the bathrooms of places like fast-food restaurants and coffee shops, forcing untrained employees to become first responders. Is there a better way?
Ian Bogost writes about how Amazon is infiltrating our homes with its growing line of smart devices:
Hackers commandeer baby monitors, door locks cease to function during software updates, gas ovens risk spewing toxins into the room when actuated in error. But Amazon’s approach to the internet-of-things goes deeper than basic functionality. It finds the tiny shifts where the actions common to ordinary life can be made to feel slightly more compatible with the contemporary, computer-addled consumer. Companies like Amazon have created some of the problems they hope to solve with technology: Nobody would need a wall clock for their Alexa timer had Amazon not inspired that use case. But that doesn’t make the solutions feel less comforting when they arrive.