What We’re Following
2016 Meddling: Maria Butina is the first Russian to be convicted of trying to influence American politics in the run-up to the 2016 election. She has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, writes Natasha Bertrand, and could help shed light on “whether there was any coordination between President Donald Trump’s campaign, Russia, and the NRA during the election.”
Pushback: Some Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the White House, opposing a Trump-administration plan that would allow certain groups of Vietnamese immigrants to be deported. The White House said it is only targeting Vietnamese immigrants convicted of crimes, but House Democrats argued that many young refugees were resettled with insufficient support, moved through the criminal-justice system, and are now “positively contributing to their communities.”
At Last: The pop icon Janet Jackson received a long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today, along with Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Radiohead, and others, writes Spencer Kornhaber. Jackson, whose career was derailed by the former CBS chief Les Moonves after an infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, is also a recent recipient of Billboard’s Icon Award. Scope out other musical greats on The Atlantic’s list of 2018’s top albums.